What It Is
In the card game 7 Ate 9, the object is to be the first player to get rid of his or her cards. To start, place one card face up in the center of the playing space. This creates the center pile upon which all cards will be played. Deal the remaining cards, face down, to all players so that each player has an equal number of cards. Each card has a yellow number, 1–10, and a plus or minus number: 1, 2, or 3. The colors of the cards correspond to the plus or minus numbers: + or -1 is green, + or -2 is blue, and + or -3 is red.
When the dealer says, "Go," each player draws cards from the top of his or her draw pile to form a hand. Players may look at the cards in their hands and may play them immediately as they are drawn. There is no limit to how many cards may be held in a hand, but the cards need to be drawn one at a time. Players race to play cards from their hands onto the center pile. The card on top of the center pile determines which cards may be played next. The + or - number is added to or subtracted from the yellow number on that same card. The resulting two numbers indicate which cards may be played next. For example, if the card on the center pile has a yellow 5 and a + or -1, any card with a yellow number 4 (5-1=4) or 6 (5+1=6) may be played.
Play continues until one player has played all of the cards from his or her hand and draw pile, except one. That last card may be played regardless of the yellow number on the card. The card is played face down on the center pile to end the game.
7 Ate 9 comes with 73 cards, rules, and a deluxe card case. The game is for two to four players.
Why It’s Fun
7 Ate 9 is a great way for kids and adults to practice basic math skills. The gameplay sounds simple, but with everyone playing at once, the top card is constantly changing, so players must be quick to solve math problems in their heads.
Who It’s For
7 Ate 9 is for ages 8 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
Sometimes the total number after adding or subtracting the + or - number is either greater than 10 or less than 1. In both cases, players may "play around the corner." If the number is greater than 10, subtract 10 from that number. The resulting number becomes one of the yellow numbers that may be played next. If the total number is less than 1, add 10 to that number. The resulting number becomes one of the yellow numbers that may be played next.