How to Win Stacks Card Game?

Saakshi Baheti
3 min read

While Stacks Card Game may not have made a splash in the online gaming world, its roots run deep in Asian households, particularly in regions where it's known as the "Thichne game(taas)." While playing with friends and family in Multiplayer, this game becomes more exciting and fun.

At its core, Stacks is a game that requires players to rely on memory and attention to detail. Its straightforward rules make it accessible to players of all ages. It is one of the most easiest and most played card games in many regions, with a small amount of specific twists.

General Terms

Number of Decks: one standard deck of 52 cards.
Number of Players: 2- 5 players
Foundation Pile: Four piles in the middle, one for each suit (Spades, Clubs, Hearts and Diamonds)
Opponent's Pile: The opponent's cards are termed as opponent's pile.
Stack: Each players are distributed with a stack of cards.
Card Ranking: It is from high to low. K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A.

Rules

Objective

The game's objective is to be the first player to complete the given card stack.

Game Setup

  1. Dealing: At the beginning of the game, each player is dealt a set of cards, face down. These cards make up your personal stack, and the challenge lies in managing them effectively.
  2. Foundation Pile: There are four empty places in the middle, each for a dedicated suit(Spades, Clubs, Hearts and Diamonds). In each place the card must be arranged in ascending order (A,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K).
  3. Face Up and Face Down Cards: Each players has two spaces for cards. in the beginning all cards are face down. Players do not see their cards in the beginning. As the game continues, players flips the top card from the stack and might need to put them in pile of face up cards.

Gameplay

During each turn, you will draw the top card from your stack and place them in either one of these piles:

  1. In Foundation Pile: Add it to the middle in one of the four foundation piles, organized in ascending order for each suit (Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades).
  2. In Opponent's Pile: If the top cards is one rank higher than any player’s face-up cards.
  3. In Own Face-Up Cards: When it is not possible to put the cards in above two places, place them in your pile of face-up cards.

Examples

  1. Foundation piles are crucial. If the Hearts suit is already organized (e.g., A-2-3-4-5-6 of Hearts), and if your top of the stack card is 7 of Hearts, you can place it in the Hearts suit of the foundation file.
  2. If an opponent has a face-up 8, and you draw a 9, you can place it in their pile.
  3. If a card drawn is 9 of Spades and:
    1. If none of your opponent's face up card is 8 of any suit, you cannot place it in their pile.
    2. If in the foundation pile the Spades place is not filled till 8 of Spades in ascending order, you cannot place it the foundation pile. You must place this card in your own face-up card pile.

Winning

The first one to complete the card stack wins the game.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Observe your opponent's face-up cards.
  2. Analyze their face-up card each time you draw the top card from your stack.
  3. Pay attention to cards of different players.
  4. Never miss a chance to stack opponent's card pile or the foundation pile.
  5. Do not hurry to place the card in your own face-up card, analyze both opponent's face-up pile and foundation pile.
  6. Try to stack the high ranking cards to the opponents, so that you can complete the game soon.
  7. Try to be lucky too, it will definitely help. :)

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