This is a single player Gin Rummy card game where the player plays against a computer player.
Put your cards into sets or runs.
Knock when you have less than 10 deadwood in your hand.
Beat your opponent by scoring more points than they do across 10 hands.
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Classic Gin Rummy Game for Kids Video Game Play Instructions
How to Play
Starting the Game
Select the play button on the game’s welcome screen to start the game.
The welcome screen also has buttons for game play help information, high scores, and more games.
The lower left corner of the welcome screen offers a language select dropdown while the lower right corner of the welcome screen offers social sharing and game developer info buttons.
Use your mouse left click button to select a card from the stock or the top card from the waste pile.
Use your mouse left click button to select which card you would like to discard.
Tap the screen with a finger to use one of your fingers like a mouse.
Controls & indicators
The corners of the game contain most controls.
Top left: sound control
Top right: music control
Bottom left: full screen mode
Bottom right: pause game
The left rail of the screen shows which of the 10 levels (or hands) you are on & what your score is. Just inside & below your score there is a button for putting cards into sets and runs.
The right rail of the screen shows your opponent’s score & how much deadwood you have in your hand.
Each player is dealt 10 cards.
The aim of the game is to create sets and runs using the cards in your hands & to minimize the deadwood carried in your hand.
Sets: groups of 3 or 4 cards with the same numerical value (e.g. 3 cards showing 7 or 4 cards showing 9).
Runs: 3 or more suited consecutive cards. Aces are counted as 1 and do not connect to Kings.
At the start of the game the player can choose to take the card from the discard pile and throw one of their cards onto it, or to pass & give their computer opponent the same opportunity.
After that on each turn the players can choose to pick up a card from the stock or take the card from the top of the waste pile & discard any card from their hand on the turn.
Cards which are put into sets or runs do not score points.
Points are scored based on how much deadwood players have in their hands.
Cards are valued at their numerical value shown on them. Aces are worth 1 point each and face cards are worth 10 points each.
Deadwood is the value of all cards in your hand that are not parts of sets or runs.
A player can knock when they have 10 or less deadwood in their hands.
When a player knocks they can discard 1 of the 11 cards they are holding and then play the remaining cards.
Points are scored based on how much deadwood players have in their hands relative to their opponent. For example, if you have 5 deadwood & your opponent has 23 then they will score 0 points on the hand and you will score 18.
Your opponent also gets to discard a card from their hand when you knock & if you have sets or runs which are related to their cards they can also lay off their cards onto your related sets and runs to further educe their deadwood.
If a player uses all cards in their hand and knocks they score a 25 point gin bonus.
Your game score is cumulative across all 10 levels.
If you can knock early there is a good chance your opponent will still have a lot of deadwood.
The longer the hand goes on for the greater the likelihood your opponent will call Gin, so if a hand has played out a while you may want to knock.
Give yourself options
Try to keep cards in your hands which give you multiple lay options.
For example if you have 6 and 7 of clubs and the 6 of diamonds you could make a set or run using any of the following: 5 or 8 of clubs, 6 of hearts, or 6 of spades.
Track the discard pile
Pay attention to which cards the computer is picking up from the discard pile & plan your lays around them.
If you have seen multiple 6 cards appear in the discard pile then it does you no good to hold onto 2 sixes in your hand as you will not be able to complete a set of them since the other 2 are buried in the discard pile.
Cards to shed
It is generally received wisdom to keep lower valued cards and get rid of higher valued cards.
In some cases (particularly early in hands) it can make sense to keep some high value cards in your hand because your opponent might be likely to discard a card which would help you.
If you had Queen of diamonds and Queen of spades along with a Jack of diamonds you could create a set or run with any of the following: Queen of hearts, Queen of clubs, 10 of diamonds, or King of diamonds.
As you get later into the hand it makes more sense to try to play low and get rid of high cards.
Each hand counts as a level.
The game is suited for people of all ages who like rummy or card games.
The game has no adult themed content.
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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support
This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.
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