OBJECT OF THE LOST WORDS: The objective of The Lost Words is to be the first player to place a matching Spell Card on all four of your Nature Cards.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 4 Players
MATERIALS: 20 Nature Cards, 40 Spell Cards, 20 Special Cards, and Instructions
TYPE OF GAME: Card Game
OVERVIEW OF THE LOST WORDS
The Lost Words is a family friendly card game that is based off of the best-selling book by Robert Macfarlane. This card game may be educational, as well as competitive.
Nature that has been lost to new generations is renewed through beautifully illustrated cards. They may spark questions and conversations that would have otherwise never occurred! This game is simple, yet strategic, making it wonderful for all age groups involved.
To begin setup, divide the cards into two different decks depending on the back of the cards. One deck will include the Nature Cards and the other will include the Spell Cards and the Special Cards. Both decks will then be shuffled separately.
Give each player four Nature Cards. These will be placed face-up in a row in front of each player. Two of the remaining Nature Cards may be placed face-up in the middle of the table while the rest are returned to the box.
From the other deck, deal three cards to each player, facing down. These cards should be held in a way that other players are unable to see the cards. The rest of the cards are then placed in the middle of the playing area with the top card revealed beside the original deck. This will create the discard pile. The game is then ready to begin!
There is no rule for who will begin the game. The first player will make one of two moves during their turn. The player may choose to play a Spell Card to their Nature Card. Each Spell Card shows which Nature Card it may be paired with. This is the only match that can be made.
They may choose to play a Special Card. Each card has its own action that may need to be followed, some of which effect other players in the group. After a card has been played, if it is not paired with a Nature Card, it is placed in the discard pile. The player may then draw a card from the draw pile to refresh their hand.
Gameplay continues around the group until a player has matched a Spell Card with all four of the Nature Cards in front of them. Once this happens, the game comes to an end, and the player who completed the action first, wins the game!
END OF GAME
The game comes to an end when a player has matched all four of their Nature Cards with a Spell Card. This player is determined to be the winner!