16 of the Best Card Games to Play with Friends

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Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Best card recognition game: Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

This free for all and fun for all game is one of the best card games for families! Also, the illustrations are absolutely adorable. The rules of Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza are simple: divide the cards equally amongst all the players (two to eight) and pile them up facedown. Going around the table, each player puts down one card face up, saying, “Taco,” “Cat,” “Goat,” “Cheese,” “Pizza,” “Taco,”, etc. If the spoken word matches the card, everyone has to (gently!) slap their hands on the pile. The last person to get their hand down adds the discard pile to their card stack, and the first person to finish their cards wins. There are also three special cards that require actions before you can slap them: gorilla, groundhog, and narwhal. You need good eyes, as the background color changes to keep you on your toes.

$ 13, mastermindgames.ca.

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Best cooperative card game: Spaceteam

As long as you don’t need to be quiet, Spaceteam is one of the most enjoyable cooperative games around, and definitely one of the best card games. It’s fast-paced and involves lots of shouting as your team does their best to repair your spaceship before you’re sucked into a black hole. Each member of your team (of three to six players over 12) starts with tool cards in their hand. The tools are unique and have funny sci-fi names (centrifugal disperser? Kilobypass transformer?) and every tool can fix a failing part of the spaceship. You have to match malfunction cards with tool cards that can only be passed through adjacent players. As malfunctions are fixed, All Systems Go cards are slowly revealed. If all six are found in under five minutes, the spaceship escapes the black hole! If not, your Spaceteam becomes full-time residents of the black hole.

$ 55, amazon.ca.

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Taco Vs. Burrito

Best card game for kids: Taco vs. Burrito

Created by a seven-year-old (really!), this hilariously disgusting foodie card game is suitable for two to four players, ages seven and up. The object of Taco vs. Burrito is to build your own taco or burrito by adding ingredients to get the highest-point meal. Watch out for action cards (like Health Inspector or Food Fight) which might mean swapping your hand with another player, or doubling your points! Kids and adults love this game, and the action cards add a fun layer of strategy.

$ 41, amazon.ca.

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