It does not matter where one is from, everyone has played one or more variations of card games. Be it just for fun or more competitive games like blackjack or poker we enjoy the company of each other over the cards. Here we will discuss some of the most iconic card games in recent history.
No list of card games can go without UNO. It is a goto card game for almost any group of friends. It is always fun and offers a very unique gameplay. UNO is the classic card game, which is extremely easy to pick up and almost impossible to put down. Players take turns trying to match the colors or numbers of the cards in their hands with the one on the desk. Apart from normal numeric ones, there are special cards as well, which change specific rules in the game like turns the order of the players counter-clockwise or making the next player take more cards in their hands. These special cards make sure that every game is different and more fun than the previous ones. It is even reported that even Atlanta Hawks love playing a good hand of UNO.
Cards Against Humanity
Have you ever enjoyed a good old dark and offensive humor? Then this game is absolutely for you. While other party card games make for a good bonding experience nothing can compare to the despicable and awkward moments Cards Against Humanity has to offer. There are two types of cards respectively black and white ones. Black cards offer situations where a word is missing. White cards offer the word to fill out. The game is full of offensive, risque, and/or politically incorrect statements, which given the correct circle of people makes or breaks the evening. In fact, the game is so addictive to some that a lot of players have resorted to playing it online as featured on Reuters.
Poker was developed during historical movements when competitive and commercial gambling was also introduced into the world. The game was reportedly played in New Orleans back in the 18th century with a deck of 20 cards and 4 players playing and betting on which player’s hand is the most valuable. Winner takes it all while the loser leaves empty-handed.
Poker is one of the games, which gave a start to commercial gambling. To this day, poker stays as one of the most popular card games all over the world with a lot of tournaments netting millions of dollars in winnings. Lately some casinos have started offering a digitized version of poker as well to help everyone participate from the comforts of their home.
Blackjack or also known as twenty-one is one of the most popular casino games. It was first invented in France back in the 1700s. It was called Vingt-et-Un, which roughly translates to twenty-one.
It quickly became one of the most popular card games all across the earth due to the fact that it’s very simple to learn and provides very good entertainment value for everyone involved. In addition to that, it provides a comparatively low house edge, which means that the higher chance there is for the player to win.
With the onset of online gaming and casinos going digital, online blackjack gambling has become some kind of a new thing for a lot of people. It is fast-paced and basic rules do not change across the countries which means that even the cross country play is absolutely available for anyone willing to participate.
Magic: The Gathering
Since we touched upon digitized card games now we just have to mention Magic: The Gathering. The game debuted in 1993 at the Origins Game Fair in Dallas, Texas. The success was instant with what was believed to be a year’s supply of the cards being sold out almost instantly. As the popularity of the game has spread into the world a tournament system was also created known as DCI. It was a set of standards on how the tournament should have been run. It was amongst the first of its kind and took the world by absolute storm.
The game was fully digitalized in 2002 when the Magic Online was released. The game branched out into both PlayStation and Xbox consoles and has added AI opponents as an additional set of fun activities. In almost no time there were forums filled with new strategies and discussions about Magic Online. It is still being played by some of the classics players and gave way to one of the most popular digital card games like Hearthstone.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a collectible card game (CCG) available on almost every platform one can think of including Windows PC, MAC, Android, IOS. It is one of those rare games, which features cross-platform gameplay which means that it doesn’t matter what your friend is using you can still play together. It is a Warcraft themed card game developed by Blizzard. The game is deceptively simple to play but hard to master. It provides the same kinds of qualities like Magic: The Gathering with loads of fun cards with different playstyles attached to them.
Despite being much less action-packed than the game it’s based upon it proved to be very popular among the streamers as well with it topping the charts of Twitch statistics in 2018.