This post contains affiliate links. In our house, we enjoy playing games together as a family and we take our gaming very seriously. When we play Exploding Kittens, we do not hold back. A game of Quiddler? At least two dictionaries on the table. Pull out Sequence and we pick partners very carefully. Watch us play Pandemic and you might think we were literally saving the world from a very bad virus!
Even though we have so many games to play already, we are always on the look-out for something new to play. And when we come across a game that we immediately fall in love with, we know it’s a winner. And that is what happened from the moment we played the card game Zero. We were hooked from the first hand. Zero is a wonderful family card game to play – everyone will enjoy playing it.
Zero Card Game by BlueOrange Games
Zero is a fun card game. Your goal is to turn the 9 cards in your hands into a series of 5 of the same color and 5 of the same number. I know what you’re thinking: 5 and 5 makes 10 and you said 9 cards. Well, here’s a lovely twist – one of the cards in your hands must work in both series. A bit different than most card games we play.
Getting points, or I should say not getting points, is fun and sometimes your goal is to just have the fewest amount of points possible. Since each round is not played with a deck, sometimes you just can’t make the perfect hand no matter how long the game goes on for. So you must shift your focus and change your strategy.
But when you can pull off that perfect hand? It feels amazing! I’ve done it once, and my 11-year-old has done it once. Getting that hand made me feel like I was queen of the Earth.
- All ages can play.
- Easy to learn the goal.
- Portable so you can you throw it in your purse and take it with you.
- Different enough from other games that it stands out, but close enough to other games that it doesn’t feel impossible to learn.
- Scoring was confusing at first; it took us time to figure out how to create the best hands.
- You don’t play with a full deck so a perfect hand cannot be achieved every game (the perfectionist in me dislikes this. However, one could argue that this is a pro because it forces you to really strategize).
A Wonderful Family Card Game
The game is recommended for ages 8 and up, and in our house all ages loved it. The kids and the adults. This is definitely a great game for a family to play with. We love games that can go across all the ages. That is, they are not “dumb downed” for the older kids and adults, nor do they feel too hard for the younger kids. Zero hits that sweet spot.
Zero really makes you think as you play: will you go for a perfect hand or just the fewest amount of points? Are the cards in play going to allow you to win? What cards to pick up and what to discard. And yet, while you’re thinking about all of this, you are having a great time. Zero will definitely be going into our rotation of favorite games!
Check out Zero on Amazon.