Card Games for Everybody
Card games are a great family game for situations such as travelling, vacations, or if you're stuck indoors on a rainy day. Even if you're don't find any of these situations, card games a great way to bond with your family or friends. That's why we've put together this list of our favourite Three player games that are family friendly.
Challenge Your Friends or Family Online
If you are unable to meet up with your family or friends for whatever reason, you can still enjoy a good game of cards with them online. Brightful Meeting Games has put all the best card games in one location for you to enjoy. Simply create a lobby, share the link, and get playing within seconds. The best part is that it's completely free.
You may also find our post on 2 player card games helpful!
Our list of Best Ever 3 player Card Games (Family Friendly)
One of the all time classic card games that is a variant of an even older classic game called Rummy. This game was created in the early 1900’s but it still holds up today as a great card game that requires strategy and planning. The feeling of winning a game of Gin Rummy is greatly satisfying, and the rules are surprisingly quick to learn.
The easiest way to play Gin Rummy is by playing it over at Brightful Meeting Games. Playing it online with your friends or colleagues is a great way to learn the rules, as the system guides you through what you can or cannot do. One of the most important things in playing Gin Rummy is keeping track of the score, and thankfully when you play online all the scorekeeping is taken care of for you!
If you prefer to play with physical cards, you can read the rules of Gin Rummy here.
This card game is very family friendly. Take turns politely asking for the card that you want, and if the player to your right has it, they must hand it over! This type of card game is great fun because it involves communication, and things can get real cheeky. The rules are simple enough that even young children can play.
Learn more about how to play Authors here
Playing card games like this can act as an icebreaker when getting to know someone. Since the rules are simple enough, as long as you have a deck of cards on hand, you can be assured that you’ll always have an activity to get to know someone over.
Bluff, or sometimes known as BS (we’ll let you figure out what that stands for) is another super simple and fun card game that brings about many laughs and even more accusations. The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards through deceit and trickery.
Full breakdown of rules on how to play Bluff
This game is similar to Authors in that it’s very suitable for all ages. It rewards being sneaky and paying attention to the cards people are bluffing with. Tip: If someone is saying they have 3 Queens but you have 2 in your hands, you should definitely call their bluff!. After a few rounds playing with someone, you might even start getting a better read on them. Warning - you may develop trust issues after playing this game!
99 (Ninety Nine)
The aim of 99 is to bring the deck as close to that value as possible without going over, however there are cards that possess special rules. As with most card games that are not trick based, this game is easy to learn and a great option for all ages. Once you get the hang of the special rules for each card, this game really picks up in pace and strategy. Think of it a bit like Jenga - as the number gets closer and closer to 99, the tension builds and you don’t want to be the one to push it over!
This card game is perfect for 3 players, but can be played with up to 4. The reason is, some of the special rules for cards have “reverse” effects, so there needs to be more than 2 players to make the most of this gameplay. If you’re looking for a list of 2 player card games, be sure to check out our detailed post on it here.