Phase 10 Card Game
by Amanda Nettgen
Phase 10 card game: Twist
Board game manufacturer:
Number of players:
8 to Adult
Footprint score: 3.5/5
Phase 10 Twist is rummy on a marathon. It’s an intellectually-stimulating game for both families and couples.
The game and gameplay
Phase 10 is one of those card games where if you don’t play it enough, you forget what the rules are. A quick refresher of the instructions before you start, however, reminds you of how fun this game is.
Everybody gets 10 playing cards and picks a pawn to place at the beginning of the board cycle. When starting, everyone is trying to work on satisfying the requirements of the first Phase with their cards.
On your turn, you first select a card from the Draw stack, or claim an advantageous one from one of the three (yes, three!) Discard piles.
You then try to lay down the cards necessary for the Phase, the first task being 2 sets (all the same number) of 3 cards, for example. When you’re done thinking, you discard one card of your choice, and then it is the next player’s turn.
When somebody lays down the requirements for a Phase, the responsibilities are not yet over. The other players should continue to try to satisfy the requirements for the Phase their pawn is on and/or run out of cards. Whoever lays down all of the cards in their hand by building off of other people’s runs will Go Out and end the hand for everyone.
There are no dice in the Phase 10 card game Twist, instead movement is as follows: 3 spaces ahead for the player who completed their Phase requirements AND played all of their cards; 2 spaces for anyone who finished their individual Phase, but did not run out of cards; and 1 space if you’re the poor chump who could do neither.
Moving ahead will land you on labeled circles which will tell you what Phase (card combination) to do. There are also Twist spaces which allow you to move double if you can meet the requirements by the time the hand is over, otherwise you’ll have to move backward one.
It is the player that reaches or passes the last Phase (appropriately called Phase 10) who reigns in this rummy game.
Pros and cons
+ Phase 10 card game is the classic fun of rummy, with a circular spin.
+ It’ll make you think and strategize.
+ You can play a Skip card to make another player lose a turn, or utilize a Wild to lay down your Phase that much faster.
– Rules are hard to stay on top of if you don’t play often.
Phase 10 card game Twist is a more serious board game that’s still enjoyable to play at the same time. It’s a combination game that could also appeal to seniors.