Age: 12+ Players: 2-10 8 rounds of 8 cards Takes 30-45 minutes to play
Xactika® is an original card game, which challenges the players ability to estimate the outcome of playing 8 cards. You must predict the chances of being able to take the other players cards that are laid down during each round. There is no drawing or discarding. You must predict exactly (hence the name Xactika) the number of rounds in which you will be able to take the cards played. As play evolves, cards that appear too weak to take a trick initially may become strong enough to do so as the hand evolves. Players must recognize the value of their hand, not just from having the highest point cards in one of the four combinations on each card, but also from an understanding of the chances that for some of their other cards that no cards of the same combination may remain in the hands of the other players. Xactika®, while of the same genera as Spades or Euchre, has more opportunity and takes a little more skill.
Xactika® is a fast turn game. Each hand provides a completely new opportunity to come from behind and take the lead. Even if players are behind, they can win if the probabilities and their skills come together.
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