My family had a lot of fun over the Thanksgiving weekend playing this Rummy-like card game, Five Crowns. I’ve always been a big fan of Rummy, my favorite variation being Progressive Rummy, so when my parents introduced me to the simple, fast-paced, five-suit Five Crowns I was delighted.
Five Crowns, with its beautiful cards, is easy to learn. The double deck contains five suits (the stars are new), but it has no aces or twos. This unique deck gives you many more options for arranging your hand into sets and sequences. It starts with three cards and 3′s are wild. The next hand has four cards and 4′s are wild, and so on. The challenge is to see them make the right combinations, be the first to go out, then watch the others scramble as they get one last chance to cut their losses.
You’ll need luck and skill throughout the game because even in the last hand a worthy opponent can come from behind and win. Remember, “the game isn’t over ’til the Kings go wild!”
Five Crowns is for 2 to 7 players. Available online at Amazon.com.