Skyjo rules

Skyjo is a card game for 2 to 8 players, from 8 years old. The aim of each player is to finish the game with as few points as possible.

Content of the game

  • 150 numbered cards,
  • 1 notepad to keep track of points,
  • 1 rule booklet.

Principle and purpose of the game

  • Skyjo is played over several rounds. 
  • In each round the player will try to reveal all his cards. 
  • The numbers on the revealed cards are added together to get the player’s score. 
  • As soon as a player reaches 100 points, the game ends. 
  • The player who ends the game with the lowest score is declared the winner.

Setting up

  • Take a sheet of paper from the block, and write down the names of all the players. 
  • Shuffle the cards. 
  • Deal 12 cards to each player. 
  • The rest will form the deck. 
  • The first card in the deck is discarded; this is the discard pile.
  • The players must lay their 12 cards face down on the table to form four columns of three cards. 
  • Two cards are revealed.
  • The player with the highest score starts the game. 
  • Play clockwise.

How to play?

  • The first player has 2 possibilities:
    1/ He can draw a card.
    • The drawn card will be studied.
    • If it suits him, it will be placed on his card column in exchange for a card, which will be discarded.
    • If the card drawn does not suit him, it is discarded.
    • A card from his column of cards, face down, must then be revealed.

             2/ He can choose a card from the discard pile.

    • This card is exchanged for a card from his column of cards.

A column of 3 identical cards 

– When a player reveals a column of three identical cards, they can be discarded.

End of the round

  • When a player manages to reveal all his cards, the round ends. 
  • All other players must reveal their cards in turn. 
  • The numbers above are then added together to get the score for each player. 
  • The points are recorded on the pad of paper. 
  • A new round begins.
  • Attention! If the player who has successfully revealed all his cards does not have the minimum score, his score is doubled.

End of the game

  • Please note! In Skyjo, the goal is not to get the maximum number of points. 
  • As soon as the 100 points are reached or exceeded, the game ends.
  • The points are totalled and the player with the fewest points is declared the winner.