16 May 2019

Review: Nine 2 Nothing Card Game

The family and I love a good card game and with travelling quite a lot we like to take them with us to keep occupied on our journeys or when the kids get a bit bored. The brilliant new Nine 2 Nothing Card Game is right up our street. Invented by Summer, a 7 year old girl, whilst bored on a family holiday it had an immediate effect and everyone by the pool started playing it! Its gripping, simple to learn and fun to play. We took it on our recent holiday with us and even when the kids were away at the clubs us adults had fun with a game or two.

So how do you play the game? Well the clue is in the name. Each card is numbered from a 9 to a 0 and the first player to get rid of their cards wins. It’s simple but oh so hard to do and keeps you on the edge of your seat. You basically shuffle the deck, deal each player 9 cards face down, place the rest of the cards in a draw pile face down and turn over the top card and place it next to the pile so it starts you off.

Play starts with the player to the right of the dealer and you’ve got to work your way down from 9 to 0. So, if the first card is a 7 then the next player must lay down a 6, they can put down as many or few 6’s as they have in their hand. If they don’t have a 6 then they pick up from the middle. Unless they have a wild card which they can use in place of the 6 – they must use this to replace it with! If they pick up a 6 from the draw pile, it can’t be placed down until their next turn. Then once a 6 has been placed, it’s the next persons go to lay down a 5. This continues until you get to 0, then you start back at 9 again.

If the draw pile runs out of cards – you flip them over (without shuffling) and carry on the game. There are 2 wild cards that can be used as any number. If you can go, i.e have the next Number or a wild card, then you must go. The winner is the first person to lay down all their cards. It really is a fun game and you can see the pace picking up with anticipation as the game continues. It’s great and so easy for the kids and us adults to enjoy without faffing on instructions or tricky rules.

Summer is also very kind and always thinking of others and from the moment her dad said “we should make this game to sell”, Summer decided she wanted to give back, so for every pack bought they will donate another one to a charity or school giving more opportunities for children and families to sit down and enjoy some quality time together playing a fun family game. I think that’s such a lovely kind thing to do for others and Summer definitely has a good head on her. Well done Summer.

The Nine 2 Nothing Card Game is designed for ages 5+ years and for 2+ players. It retails at £8.99 and since it’s a pack of cards it’s very handy for taking on your travels. We’ve had it whilst glamping or on our recent flight and it’s perfect to pass the time and interact with the kids whilst having fun. It’ll definitely be a staple in our travel bags for future trips. I'd highly recommend as we loved it.

I was gifted this game in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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