Solitaire, UNO, and Blackjack are just some of the most popular card games around. Card games can be seen played by groups in parties or gatherings, or simply played alone. They have such a universal appeal that the young and old alike play them. Some card games already have online versions, like baccarat for high rollers or Hearts. Aside from that, card games have evolved over time. They are no longer just limited to normal number cards but have expanded into a variety of genres. And with the multitude of card games out there, there are lesser known card games that are equally fun.
This is one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of 2015. Creators Elan Lee, Matthew Inman, and Shane Small were able to successfully raise USD 8.7 million in 1 month. The Exploding Kittens card game is purely a game of chance. Players hold 7 cards on their hand, which they discard one by one per turn but discarded cards are replaced by getting a new card from the deck. Players are eliminated one by one as they get the Exploding Kittens card, unless you have a Defuse card, which saves you. Other cards allow you to attack or deflect attacks. Perfect for kids aged 7 years old and above. An adult version is also available.
Drawing without Dignity
Another breakthrough card game is called Drawing Without Dignity. It is also started as a Kickstarter campaign in 2016 and is now up for sale via Amazon, through third party resellers, and through their website. The game, also known as dwod, is quite similar to Pictionary, only with adult themes. This game is for 17 years old and up. In 2017, they have already come up with an expansion set, which they sell along with the base game or as a separate set.
CIA: Collect it All
Mike Masnick created a Kickstarter campaign in April 2018 to fund his game called “CIA: Collect it All.” By the end of the campaign, he was able to raise USD 151,184 in pledges to bring this game to life. The game is actually based on a game created by the CIA to train newbies on intelligence gathering techniques and skills. It is ideally for players 14+. Various security threats can be faced by players, acting as CIA agents, which they need to defuse. To make things challenging, Reality Check cards are added to raise the level of difficulty in defusing the situation.
Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game
Created by Christopher O’Neal, Chris O’Neal, and Johnny O’Neal, Boss Monster allows players to play the villain and lure heroes into their dungeons to stop them from doing hero work. Very entertaining and wholesome (it is for families and for players 13+), players first need to build their dungeons with their cards, then bait heroes to enter different rooms by using treasures they want to collect, without incurring wounds. This game is a strategy game that brings a sense of nostalgia through the artwork and card design.