Papayoo is a fun little card game for 3 to 8 people. The aim of the game is to score as few points as possible by collecting the folds of cards.
A Papayoo game consists of :
- 40 cards of 4 colours numbered from 1 to 10
- 20 Payoo cards numbered from 1 to 20
- 1 8-sided die.
Before you start
Designate the first player among yourselves; heads or tails, scissors sheet stone, you have the choice. This player will be responsible for shuffling and dealing the cards. Depending on the total number of players, you will receive a specific number of cards:
- for 3 players, 20 cards per player and a spread of 5 cards
- for 4 players, 15 cards per player and a spread of 5 cards
- for 5 players, 12 cards per player and a spread of 4 cards
- for 6 players, 10 cards per player and a 3-card spread
- for 7 players, first remove the 1 of a suit except payoo, then 8 cards per player and a 3-card spread
- for 8 players, first remove the 1 of a suit except payoo, then 7 cards per player and a 3-card spread.
Once each player has their cards in hand, they must make up the discards. These are a set of cards of your choice that you will give to your neighbour on the left. This is an opportunity to get rid of the cards you don’t want to keep, depending on your strategy.
Once the players have collected the discards from the others, the first player takes the die and rolls it. This will indicate a colour; the 7 card of the colour that comes up on the die will be the Papayoo and will be worth 40 points! Then set a limit, either in points or in the number of rounds to be played. The game can begin.
How does the game work?
The first player plays a card of his choice in the centre of the table. Remember that the objective is to score as few points as possible.
When a player throws a suit, all the other players must follow if they can play the same suit. If a player does not have that colour, they can play a colour of their choice. It is not mandatory to play a higher card than the one that has been played.
The game continues until the players have no more cards in their hands.
End of the game and scoring
At the end of the round, the players look at the tricks they have collected and count their points. Each Papayoo card is worth its own point value, and the Papayoo card is worth 40 points. All other cards are worth nothing (0 points).
Make sure that the total points of all players add up to 250 points.
Once the points are counted, a new round can be started. The game ends at the players’ discretion:
- either when a player has reached the set point limit
- or when the round limit is reached
- or when you are tired of playing.