Punto is a card and strategy game for 2 to 4 players, from 7 years old. The aim of the game is to create a series by aligning cards of the same colour. The number of cards to be aligned varies according to the number of players. Material 72 cards of 4 different colours, 1 iron box, 1 rule booklet. Aim of the game The aim of the game is to create a series of cards of the same colour aligned vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The number of cards to be aligned depends on the number of players:
Number of players Line-up cards 2 5 3 – 4 4 How is a game played? A game of Punto consists of 2 rounds. In each round, the player shuffles his pack of cards. Set up A colour has 2 sets of cards numbered from 1 to 9. With 4 players, each player chooses a colour and the corresponding pack of cards. With 3 players, the fourth colour, called neutral, is divided between the players. With 2 players, each player chooses two suits and the corresponding packs of cards. Each player shuffles their cards into a deck, face down, in front of them. The youngest player starts. Play clockwise. How do you play? On his turn, the player lays down 1 card. A card can be placed on top of another card by one side or by one end. A card can be placed on top of another card, if its value is higher than the value of the other card. It is said to override a card. Be careful! All the cards must form a 6 x 6 square. End of a round As soon as a player has the required number of cards in a row, he wins a round. As soon as a player is unable to lay down a card. In this case, the player with the most sets wins the round. The number of cards in a set changes:
Number of players Line-up cards 2 4 3 – 4 3 In the event of a tie, the player with the fewest points in his set wins the round. The winner of a round discards the highest card in their set. The remaining cards are sorted, shuffled and redistributed. The first player in the new round is the one to the left of the winner of the round. In a 3-way game, the neutral cards played are redistributed equally among the players. Any surplus is removed from the game. End of the game The game ends when a player wins 2 rounds. He is declared the winner. Team variation Set up Give each team 2 packs of cards of two different colours. Each team member receives half the cards. The teams take turns playing. Aim of the game To be the first team to make a series of 5 cards of the same colour.