The switch card game rules can be very funny unlike other card games because no matter where I travel too or who I play with, every person or place you go has a slightly different way of how they play.
I do not know the official rules, but this was the way we always played and still do today. I will point out only the basic rules and only the cards that actually do something.
Each player in turn is dealt a card until all players have 7 cards each, the final card is dealt face up on the table so everyone can see and the remaining stack placed face down next to it.
The object of the game is to be the first to get all your cards out. The person to the left of the current dealer is the first to play.
You can put down any card as long as it is the same suit or number, for example:
If the face up card is 4 of diamonds, you could put another diamond card on this or a 4.
You could also put down 4 of diamonds, 4 of clubs and 4 of spades, if you so happened to have these in your hand.
The game continues like this but here are the cards that actually do things when you put them down:
2 – If you play a 2 you say to the opponent next to you pick up 2. If he doesn’t have a 2 he takes 2 from the deck and it’s the next players turn. If he does have a 2 he can play this and say pick up 4 to the next opponent and so on.
5 – This variation I have not seen with many people but we also play this. A black 5 means you can tell your opponent to pick up 5, and he can only cancel this if he has a red 5, or if he has a black 5 and he can tell other opponent to pick up 10. Similar to pick up 2.
7 – The 7 card plays your suit, for example if you have a 7 of clubs and get the chance to play this, you can then continue on and play all other clubs you have in your hand. I like this one the best.
8 – When you play this card you must say 8 or wait to your next opponent, if they do not have an 8 they must wait and next player goes, if they do have an 8 they play it and say same thing to next opponent and so on.
Jack – The jack card reverses the way the game is playing so it instantly changes direction.
Ace – With the ace you can change the suit, for example if you have the Ace of Hearts and can play this, once you do you can say whatever suit you want the game to be on or keep it on the same.
That’s basically the way I have grew up to play the card game Switch. Also when you know with the cards you have you could be able to get out on your next go, you must say ‘cards’ to all other players so they know, not everyone plays these last card rules but I think they are only fair. Failure to do this means you have to keep the cards you have, pick up one other card and miss your go.
How do you play the game of Switch, share with us below.
Thanks for explaining these rules, my friend thought I was cheating when I played a 7 then followed through by playing all my other cards of the same
Thanks for explaining these rules, my friend thought I was cheating when I played a 7 then followed through by playing all my other cards of the same suit as the 7 😉
Response: Thanks for your review Gareth 😉