Your goal in TEN is to collect different sets of consecutive numbers. At the end of the game, you’ll receive one point for each card in your longest sequence in each of the four colours, and when you manage to complete a set from 1 to 9, you’ll get an additional point for that colour.
1-5 players, ages 10+
Playing time: 15-30 minutes
Designers: Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin & Shawn Stankewich
Publisher: Shawn Stankewich
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
On your turn, you draw cards from a deck consisting of number cards, wildcards and currency cards. Numbers add to the total value of your draw, while you subtract currency. Once the total positive value of your drawn cards or the total value of the currency cards reaches 11+, you bust and end your turn, gaining a bust token. As long as you don’t bust, you can opt to stop drawing new cards and collect a reward: either all the number cards, placing them in front of you, or the currency depicted on the drawn cards, moving the number cards to the market. When you pick the number cards, all other players gain those currency tokens, while you have the chance to buy a card in the market
When a player draws a wildcard, an auction starts where players use their currency and bust tokens to bid for the revealed wildcard. As you may expect, wildcards come in very handy to complete your sequences.
Once the final card is drawn from the deck, the game end is triggered and players get one final chance to buy a card from the market. Players form sequences using their collected cards, count their points and whoever has the highest score wins the game!
TEN comes with rules that are simple to learn and explain, very tense push-your-luck and the auctions are really fun to execute. There’s a fresh mix of mechanics that all work so well together, and with almost no downtime as you definitely want to keep an eye out on your opponents, you won’t get bored for even a second.
TEN is perfect to play with the family or as a filler, and the vibrant design of the glossy cards definitely are a nice extra touch. If you’re still looking for a quick and fun card game, definitely check this one out!