GAME OF PHONES is a totally new kind of card game. race to find the best or weirdest things on your smartphone to win.
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HOW TO PLAY
Game of Phones is a battle of smartphones skills. Tap faster, out culture, and think cooler than the people around you to win the game.
- You & at least 2 friends (up to as many people as you can fit around a table)
- Your smartphones (sorry dumbphoners)
- One deck of cards (100 prompts but infinite possibilities)
One player picks a card and gets to judge that round. They read the prompt to everyone else. Something like 'Find the best #selfie' or 'Show the last photo you took'. Everyone finds something on their phones and shows the judge, who gets to choose a winner for that round. First to win 10 rounds is the overall winner.
That's pretty much it. Simple right? But with different friends and the internet in your hands the game is totally different each time you play. It's limitless fun. Especially after a beer or two. Not that we advocate drinking.
ALL THE RULES.
- We suggest the oldest player draws the first card. (They're probably at a disadvantage).
- The player drawing the card is the judge for that turn.
- Each turn is 60 seconds and the judge is responsible for keeping time.
- The judge cannot play in the turn and awards the card to the player with the best response.
- The person to the left of the judge picks the next card and becomes the judge of that turn.
- Repeat until someone has collected 10 cards to win the game.
- If a player can't or won't play a turn they can spectate (though they risk falling behind).
- Play continues if a notification card is drawn. The judge awards the card to the first person that can show they received the relevant notification.
Sam and Luke are design students in New York City. We're fascinated by the way technology is changing everyday behavior. Not long ago, excessively checking your phone was considered anti-social. Now you're probably too busy checking your own phone to complain that someone else isn't listening.
But sometimes phones can make conversations better too. A funny photo is funnier than a description of a funny photo.
We had a weird idea for a card game that involved phones, and when we tested it out on our friends it turned out to be super fun. Plus, by bringing phones into the game they somehow become less of a distraction. No time to check your email when you're in a heated round of 'Find the weirdest Google Image search result for your name'.
So 'Game of Phones' was born.
We laughed. People shrieked. No one cried.
We put the idea on Kickstarter and 563 people helped us make it reality. We delivered our first batch to those backers in October 2014, and a month or so later began selling to everyone else. We still can't quite believe it when decks get packaged up and shipped across the oceans.
We've been in the news.
Tabletop gaming in the digital age on The Verge
‘Game of Phones’, A Clever Card Game That Is Played Using Smartphones on Laughing Squid