OBJECTIVE OF GARBAGE: Be the first player finish the tenth round of Garbage 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 – 4 players 

NUMBER OF CARDS: 80 Number Cards, 16 Garbage Cards, 8 Wild Cards 

TYPE OF GAME: Children’s Card Game 



Garbage is a classic card game for kids that is usually played with a standard deck of cards.  Regal has published a special version of the game that includes sixteen garbage cards and eight wild cards.  These cards enhance the gameplay of the traditional game.  Played over an extensive number of rounds, players are trying to get their tableau of face up cards in order from low to high.  When a player accomplishes this, the round ends, and they are dealt dealt fewer cards than their opponents.  The first player to get to a one card tableau and reveal the 1 is the winner. 


Garbage comes with a 104 card deck.  There are eight sets of numbers 1 – 10.  These are the cards that players are trying to get into numerical order in their tableau.  Garbage cards cause a player to miss their turn.  There are 16 of these in the deck.  The 8 wild cards can be used to represent any number in the tableau, and they can also be used to unlock other spaces in a single turn. 


 Shuffle and deal ten cards to each player.  Each player places their cards face down to form two rows of five.  The rest of the deck is placed face down in the center of the table. 

The goal is for a player to get all ten of their tableau cards face up in numerical order.  The top row will have cards 1 – 5, and the bottom row with have cards 6 – 10. 


The first player draws the top card from the draw pile.  They place that card in the correct space on their tableau.  Before doing so, they pick up the facedown card.  Now that the face up card is in place, the player looks at the card they picked up.  If they do not have that number face up in their tableau already, they may put this card in the proper space.  This continues until the player flips up a card that they already have. 


Player 1 draws a card and gets a 3.  They replace the face down card in the third space of their tableau.  The card that was face down in that space is a 5, so they replace the face down card in their number 5 space.  That card is a 3.  They already have a face up 3, so they discard that card and end their turn. 

Continuing left, the next player may choose to draw from the draw pile or take the face up card. 

When a player draws a wild card (or picks it up from their tableau) they may place it in any of their spaces with a face down card.  A player cannot win the game with a wild card in their tableau, but the wild card can bounce around from space to space until a player is able to replace it as the last card in their tableau. 

If someone draws or reveals a garbage card, their turn ends immediately.  The card is discarded, and play passes left. 


Once a player has all ten cards number 1 – 10 in their tableau, the round ends, and that player wins.  All cards are collected and redealt.  This time, the player who won the previous round is only dealt 9 cards.  Play continues until one player completes the final round.  


The final round a player will have to complete is a tableau of one card.  As soon as a player replaces their one face down card with a 1, they win the game. 

Mark Ball
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