SKYJO



OBJECT OF SKYJO: The object of Skyjo is to be the player with the lowest score at the end of the game.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 8 players 

MATERIALS: 150 Game Cards, 1 Game Notepad, and an Instruction Manual

TYPE OF GAME: Strategic Card Game

AUDIENCE: 8+


OVERVIEW OF SKYJO

Skyjo is a strategic card game that requires you to have the lowest points in your hand, even without knowing exactly which cards you have. With all your cards hidden, attempt to trade cards to ensure you have the lowest scoring hand you could before the game is over.

The first player to reach one hundred points loses the game, and without close watch, it can sneak up on you quicker than you think!

SETUP

To begin setup of the game, shuffle all the cards in the deck. Deal 12 cards to each player, which are placed facing down in front of them. Place the top card from the remaining deck face up in the middle of the group, creating the discard pile. 

Each player will align their cards in three rows of four in front of them. The game is ready to begin!

GAMEPLAY

All players will slip two of their cards over to start the game. The player who has the highest points when adding the cards together goes first. Throughout the remainder of the game, the player who won the previous round will begin the next round.

The first player may do one of two things. They may take the card from the top of the discard pile or they may draw a card from the deck. After choosing a card, they must discard a card from their hand, this may be the card that they just drew or a card that was already in their hand. The player’s turn is over after discarding a card.

Gameplay will continue clockwise around the board until a player reveals all of their cards. Once a player has revealed all their cards, the round ends and points may be tallied.

END OF GAME

Once a player has revealed all of their deck, the round comes to an end. All the remaining players will then have one additional turn, and then points are tallied. Each player will then flip all of their remaining cards and add their total to their score. If the first player to reveal their deck does not have the lowest score, then theirs is doubled.

The game comes to an end when a player earns one hundred points. The player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins!

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