Qwixx Card Game: Won’t replace the original but it’s still quite fun!

If you’re even a part time reader of The Game Aisle, I’m sure you know my deep love of the game Qwixx.  (You can read my review on the original Qwixx game and the Deluxe Version of Qwixx.) And now Gamewright has been kind enough to send me the card game version of Quixx. Efficiently titled, Quixx Card Game, it cleverly makes a dice game into a card game while adding new strategy, but still using the same score pads.  Whew!

How to Play

First you have to know that the cards take the place of both the white dice in Qwixx and the colored dice at the same time.  The card backs will show you a white die with a number in it, and the front of the card will be the same number but one of the four colors (yellow, red, green, blue) or a wild.  Everyone starts with a regular Qwixx scoresheet and all of the normal rules apply when it comes to crossing numbers off from left to right, taking an X, locking a row, and scoring at the end of the game.   The main difference in the game, other than just the cards versus dice thing, is that you can take quite a few numbers on your turn.

Qwixx Card Game

Each player is dealt 4 cards face-down and place 4 cards face-down in a line in the center of the table.  One your turn you will draw enough cards from the 4 cards face-down in the center of the table so that you have 5 in your hand.  Now you know what number they are because you can see that on the back of the card, but you don’t know the color.  Once that’s been done, refill the missing cards on the table from the draw deck.  Then the top card on the draw deck becomes the “white dice” that everyone can choose to cross off on their scoresheet.  Next you’ll have a chance to play cards from your hand as the “colored dice” part of play.  You can play at least 1 but no more than 3 of the five cards from your hand — all of the SAME color.  Play them by discarding them face up so everyone can see the color.  Then you can then choose whether or not to cross off any of the matching boxes on your scoresheet.  If you are discarding more than one card, you can cross off up to three boxes matching those cards provided the numbers do not skip more than one box in the sequence.  So you can play a blue 10-9-7 because it only skips the 8, but you cannot play a red 2-4-6 because you’re skipping more than one box.  As long as you’ve crossed off boxes in either the white die portion of your turn or the colored die/card discarding portion, you don’t have to cross off a penalty box. Now your turn is over and it’s the next player’s turn.

The game ends when someone has locked two rows or someone has crossed off their fourth penalty box.  I should mention that if someone locks a row, other player can still play in it but that player cannot as they’ve already taken the lock bonus — which is a fun little twist.  Qwixx Card Game has the same scoring as Qwixx so just look at the key at the bottom of your scorecard and add it up! The player with the highest score is a winner.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this card game variant of Qwixx.  Qwixx Card Game has some different strategies, but I missed cursing at the dice for being so unlucky. Ha! This has not replaced the original for me, but I can definitely see us pulling it out when we’re looking for something a little different but familiar.  There’s also a joker variant that we have yet to try, but that’s a nice bonus!  I also really like that it uses regular Qwixx score pads.  I can just toss some Qwixx dice in the box and I’ll have 2 games to play when we take it on a picnic or camping.  Overall, if you really like Qwixx and you’re looking for something that’s similar but has some different strategies, I’d say grab a copy of Qwixx Card Game.  


Qwixx Card Game Stats:

~$12 at Amazon, local game retailers (if you need additional scoresheets Amazon has them)
2 -5 Players
~15 minutes (this definitely takes longer than a game of original Qwixx for us)
Ages 8 and up