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This is a cute school bus themed variation of the card game 31 where the player with the worst hand loses a bus token.

  • Try to get 3 of a kind, or as close as 31 as you can in a single suit. Aces are worth 11, face cards are 10 & all other cards are worth their pip value. Outside of 3 of a kind, your score is based on whichever suit you have the most value of & other cards are valued at zero.
  • When you have a decent hand which you think will beat at least one opponent click to flag the bus so it stops on the next turn, at which point all players will compare hands.
  • Repeat the process until competitors run out of tokens and you are the last player remaining.





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Children and parents can play this 31-inspired card game vs the computer by clicking in the window below.

Alternatively kids and adults can play this single player thirty one cards video game for free as a web application here.

Ride the Bus Card 31 Card Game for Kids Video Game Play Instructions

How to Play

Draw and discard cards until you have a hand which you believe is likely to be better than at least one competitor, then call the bus to stop.

  • Starting the Game
    • Select the yellow and white Play button on the game’s welcome screen.
    • The welcome screen also has buttons for game help, viewing high scores, and playing more games.
    • The lower left corner of the welcome screen has a language select dropdown while the lower right corner has buttons for sharing the game on social media & reading game developer information.
  • Game Controls
    • Desktop
      • Use your mouse left click button to select either a card from the deck or the top card from the waste pile.
      • Use your mouse left click button to discard any card you do not want in your hand.
      • After the first pass you can click the Stop the Bus indicator to end your hand and give opposing players one more round before comparing hands.
    • Touchscreen devices
      • Tap the screen with a finger to select & use it like a mouse.
    • Controls & indicators
      • Each player has their remaining coins and cumulative game score shown near their name.
      • The right column of the game has buttons to control game sound, control game music, pause the game & switch to full screen mode.
  • Game Play
    • Hand scoring
      • Aces are worth 11, face cards are 10, and all other cards are worth their pip value.
      • Your score is 30 points if you get 3 of a kind.
      • Beyond a 3 of a kind you only score based on whichever suit you perform best in, meaning if you have the Ace of Spades along with a King of Hearts and a 3 of Hearts you would score 13 points and the Ace of Spaces would not count.
    • Winning & losing hands
      • Each player starts the game with 3 tokens. When all tokens are lost it is game over.
      • Whoever gets in last place on each hand loses a token.
      • If you stop the bus and lose the hand you lose 2 tokens.
    • Point scoring
      • Your total game score is cumulative across all hands.
      • Hand score by placement
        • The winner of a hand scores their pip value times 100.
        • The second place player in a hand scores their pip value times 50.
        • The third place player in a hand sources their pip value times 33.
        • The fourth place player in a hand scores their pip value times 25.
        • All scores are rounded to 100, so if you would have scored 858 (e.g. 26 * 33) that would become 900.
      • If you stop the bus but do not win nor lose the hand (e.g. get second place with at least 3 players left in the game) you get a bonus 500 points.
    • Strategy
      • Winning the overall game is about preserving tokens rather than scoring the maximum point total.
      • When there are 3 or 4 players in the hand it can help to be aggressive with pressing the Stop the Bus button early if you have 20 or more points, as there is a good chance at least 1 competitor will have fewer points.
      • When the game is down to 2 players it makes sense to be more conservative with when you call the bus as your competitor may have got a good deal & you lose 2 tokens if their hand is better than your hand, which means even if you started with 3 tokens you would only be 1 other routine hand loss away from losing the game.
      • If you are trying to get the highest point score possible it can make sense to hold out until you have a great score before calling to stop the bus.
  • Target Audience
    • The game is suited for people of all ages who like card games like thirty one.
    • The game has no adult themed content.

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Free Online Ride the Bus Video Game for Children & Adults Screenshots

Ride the Bus Game Welcome Screen Screenshot.
Ride the Bus Game Help Screen Screenshot.
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Ride the Bus Game Hand Scores Screen Screenshot.
Ride the Bus Game Won Screen Screenshot.

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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