Over three years ago our family reviewed Karma, what soon became our favorite card game. We still play this game on every game night and take it along on every camping trip. We love it. Now an all-new version of Karma has hit the shelves exclusively at Target and thanks to Set Enterprises, Inc. we were sent a set to review. Karma King has taken the original card game up a notch with eight new Karma cards in the deck.
If you are not familiar with the Karma card game, read our first review before digging into this new game.
Karma King – Family Card Game
The best part of playing Karma King is you never know if you are going to win until the very last second. The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards. You can be down to only one card left and before you know it have a full hand. Actually, with the new Karma King, you can get rid of all of your cards and still lose the game.
Everyone is still in the game until there is only one person remaining with cards. To bring someone that has already ‘won’ back into the game, you simply use a Karma card. Karma cards are like wild cards with set actions – you can play them at any time during the game.
New Karma Cards in Karma King
- Exchange Hands – exchange your hand cards with a player of your choice. You keep your six table cards in front of you and switch your hand cards only. This means if you have a big stack in your hand, you can trade with someone that has only one card.
- Change Your Seat – leave all of your cards and change seats with a player of your choice. You can bring a player that is out of the game back into play by changing seats with someone that has no cards – let them take over your cards instead. This is the only Karma card that requires you to switch table cards with another person.
- Clear the Pile – use this Karma card to clear the pile. If you know you only have low number cards and fear being the one to get stuck with the full deck, clear the pile.
- Lose a Turn – play this Karma card and skip any player of your choice. They will miss their next turn when it comes around to them. You can make a person lose their turn even if they do not play in the order following you.
- 7 to 11 – use this Karma card to require the person following you to play a card within the numbers of 7 to 11. So they can only play a 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11.
- Pass to the Right – everyone in the game will pass their hand cards to the right. If a player does not have cards, they will receive the cards from the player on their left and the player on their right will now be the one without cards. This is a quick way to bring a person that believes they won back into the game.
We can play rounds after rounds of this game. Our family is a little competitive and we have a habit of not wanting to quit until we win. Both games of Karma can be played up to six players. However, you can mix the two games together and play up to 12! This is awesome news for our big family. We host large game nights at our home and cannot wait to see how a big game of Karma goes.
If you are looking for a fun family-friendly game to play, we highly suggest Karma King. You can find it online at Target.com or in Target stores. Karma King provides plenty of entertainment, quick unexpected twists and turns to the game, and lots of laughs. I promise if you get to the verge of winning and then lose at the last minute, your competitive streak will never let you stop playing.
Fill their stocking with a fun game this Christmas.
Look how little the boys look playing Karma for the first time. Compared to his photo playing Karma King above, Noah looks like a baby here. He was good at the game when he was eight, now he conquers at the age of 12.