Players: 2 to 4
Game Length: 10 minutes
Best enjoyed: With 2-4 players who want a super-quick game of changing rules
Red7 is a light and quick card-based game where the rules will be constantly changing. However, there’s only one rule that really matters – at the end of each of your turns, you have to be winning, or you’re out of the game!
At the start of each game of Red7, you’ll be dealt 7 cards from the 49-card deck. Each card has a number from 1 to 7, and a colour, either red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo or violet. The card’s number determines its value, and the colour will determine how that card is able to change the game’s rules if it is discarded.
Players will start with a single card in their ‘palette’ face up in front of them, and each turn they may add a card to this palette from their hand, discard a card from their hand to change the rules, or both. However, if they aren’t ‘winning’ according to the game’s current rules, they’ll be eliminated, and have to wait until the next round to join back in.
You won’t be able to draw new cards over the course of the game, so the cards you start the game with will be all you’ll get. If you spend too many cards changing the rules and adding to your palette, you may find yourself out of cards in the closing turns of the game, and you’ll be eliminated by default.
Red7 encourages players to think a little differently. When you get your hand of 7 cards, you’ll need to start thinking about how you’ll plan to stay in the game as your options start to dwindle. Luck can play a big part of this, and a player who happens to start with the coveted Red 7 card will have an advantage over the other players, as in a tie the highest numbered and coloured card will win. Despite this, the game plays quickly enough that there isn’t time to have any hard feelings about the luck of the draw, as you can just start another game.
Red7 makes a great light game that plays extremely quickly, but still offers compelling gameplay. It also includes rules for a longer game, and other ways to play cards after the basic rules are learned; these rules can be included if you’re wanting more to the game after learning and playing it a few times. Red7 makes an excellent addition to round out collection of board games.