Some years ago, I invented a card game because my friends and I wanted a quick but challenging way to decide who would pay the cab to town on a night out. It turned out to be really entertaining, and we still play it to this day.
Now you can get in on the fun too. You don’t have to be a pro player to have a seat at the table. You can participate no matter your level of skill. So, if you want to play a perfectly balanced card game that’s easy to learn and rapidly gets entertaining and challenging – look no further, player.
Like in any other card game, there’s luck involved – but as you get better at it, you’ll discover smart strategies that will defeat your opponents and leave them clueless!
In a few minutes, you’ll know the rules. Also, you’ll maybe have an advantage over your opponents from the very beginning – if you read this guide with care.
I’ll teach you the basics of the game, explain the ranking system, the league, rewards, game points, bonuses and reveal the plays that’ll get you all fired up, and ready to extinguish your opponents, like for instance:
- The effective Triple Knockout
- The smooth Clean Sheet
- The incredible Four of a Kind
… and more.
Are you ready to master what might be the world’s fastest and most exciting but challenging card game?
Then let’s go!
You and your three opponents start with seven random cards each, forming your ‘hand’.
At the beginning of each hand, you can switch up to six of your cards with new ones from the deck.
The player with the white start button makes the first play of the hand. In this case, that’s you. You begin the game by deciding what cards to play. You can play up to four cards of equal value – so either a pair, three of a kind, four of a kind or just a single, courageous card.
Now, imagine you just made that first play.
Next up: each of your opponents takes turns and makes their play. They must play the same amount of cards of equal or higher value than the best plays on the table – and so must you, once it’s your turn again.
If then, you can’t play your cards as described above, you must play your lowest cards.
You can also bluff by playing your lowest cards.
You play until everyone has one card on their hand – when that happens, you reveal your last card, and the player(s) with the highest cards lose the hand.
The losing player(s) suffer points equal to the value of their last card. The points are added to their score. The losing cards disappear from the game entirely.
Here are the points for the four highest cards:
- Ace = 14 points
- King = 13 points
- Queen = 12 points
- Jack = 11 points
- All other cards are valued by their card number.
When the hand is over, a new one starts, and new cards are dealt. The white start button moves to the next player.
If you exceed 22 points, you leave the game. The last man standing wins the game.
Check out the BOOST22 League tables regularly, which is where you’ll find the very best players. You play against skilled BOOST22-bots and win League Points that rank you against other human players. If you’re not in the TOP25, don’t worry; you can find your points at the bottom of the league tables, and see how close you are to a seat among the best. With every BOOST22 game, you either lose or win League Points.
Your League Points is the sum of all your collected Game Points + your Bonus Points.
- 20 for a victory
- 10 for second place
- 0 for third place
- -10 for losing
If you end up at the same place and with the same score as one or more players, you share your Game Points. Let’s say that you share second place with another player: you share 10 Game Points, granting you 5 each.
Well, do you, player?
Either way, don’t count on too many Bonus Points. Most of them are extremely rare – but if you end up getting lucky, you’ll be closer to attaining the monthly Rush Trophy or weekly Blazing Medal.
Here’s what you should keep an eye out for:
- Clean Sheet: You won a game without losing a single hand (20 Bonus Points).
- Four of a Kind: You lay out four cards of the same kind in one play (50 Bonus Points)
- Triple Knock Out: You win the round with the lowest card while all your opponents have cards of the same value (20 Bonus Points)
- Double Knock Out: You end the round with one of the two lowest cards while two of your opponents have cards of the same value (10 Bonus Points).
- First place = 300 Bonus Points
- Second place = 200 Bonus Points
- Third place = 100 Bonus Points
Your weekly Bonus Points is transferred to the Monthly league table every Sunday at 23.59 (CEST).
– Congratulations! Now you know how to play BOOST22 –
I hope you got a grip of how to strip your opponents in BOOST22. Now, play your first hand.
Mads, Co-founder of BOOST22