Card Games for Family Travel

We are on the road more in the summer than any other time of year.  This means we spend a lot of time in the car and on planes as well as in hotels and rented houses.  To make our trip more of an adventure, we like to take games along that can be played while traveling or once we get to our final destination.  Here are a few of our favorite travel card games by US Games Systems.

Pirate Talk – Pick a Card and Let’s Talk

Pirate TalkA great game for the car to make driving time pass by in a hurry.  These decks (19 in all) contain fascinating facts and intriguing questions to get conversations rolling at home, camp, and on the road.  There are no right or wrong answers. Just pick a card and start talking!

PirateTalk Conversation Card deck is chock full of amazing pirate lore and legend, as well as fascinating facts about real-life pirates and how they lived life on the high seas. PirateTalk cards are sure to fire up the imagination with fun topics like sunken treasure, swashbucklers in popular movies and books, and “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

Each colorfully illustrated card presents interesting facts with intriguing questions designed to get everyone talking about their own ideas and experiences.

Example of a card:

Every pirate treasure map leads a search, clue by clue, to the buried treasure where “X marks the spot.” Though most treasure maps are fictional, several charts have surfaced that may have belonged to Captain Kidd/  Scientific testing confirms that the parchment and ink date back to the 11th century.  Where would you hide your treasure?  What kind of clues would you give?

WizardMore fun than Hearts and Rummy, award-winning Wizard is the “Ultimate Game of Trump” the whole family can enjoy.

The Wizard deck is similar to a regular deck of playing cards with the addition of Wizards and Jesters. Players try to win the exact number of tricks they bid. Jesters always lose and Wizards always win. The rules are easy to learn – the strategy adds an exciting challenge! In the first round, players start out with one card. In the second round, players are deal two cards, and so on, with each round becoming more challenging. When you make your exact bid, you earn points. If you take too many or too few tricks, you lose points. The special, custom Wizard Score Sheet helps players keep track of bids and points. Wizard Card Game can be played with 2-6 players.

By far this is one of the most addicting card games you will ever play. Games magazine has named Wizard one of the best games in America five times! This is a game that will have you thinking and plotting and wanting to play again and again. This is a must have for vacation!

Flip Six
Flip Six Card GameAdorable graphics, colorful cards, and easy-to-learn game play come together in this great new family game that provides “flippin’ good fun for everyone.” Flip Six Card Game consists of 55 numbered cards, including negative numbers. The object of the game is to score the fewest points by getting rid of cards or trading them for lower cards. To start each round, each player is dealt six cards. Without looking at their cards, players lay them out in a grid. On each turn one card is drawn and one card replaced. Matching cards may be discarded. The round ends when one player has turned up all his cards or discarded all six cards. After ten rounds, player with lowest cumulative score wins. Young players have so much fun playing Flip Six Card Game they may not even realize that they are learning addition, subtraction, and matching.

Growing up, we played a version of this called “Golf” and it always had my family laughing! This is a fun take on that game and one that the entire family can enjoy.

Banana Split Card GameBanana Split Card Game
Here’s the scoop: Banana Split Card Game is an irresistible treat for all ages. In this lively family game, players collect topping cards, and match them to the toppings pictured on the ice cream cards. When players complete their ice cream cards, they earn point disks and extra cards. Player with the most points wins. Wild cards, Extra Turns, and “Scoop” cards add more excitement to game play.

Banana Split Card Game comes with illustrated instructions and a custom play mat that make game play easy to learn, for kids as young as 6 years old. There are lots of other goodies tucked inside the colorful box, including individual ice cream stands for players to hide their cards. This charming game, for two to four players, combines the element of sweet surprise with a dollop of strategy for good, old-fashioned family fun.