Pumba, is a highly amusing game whose purpose is very different from the rest of games we know. Rather than win tricks or make combinations with the cards, in Pumba you try to be the first to discard all of the cards in your hand, making you the winner of the game.
The goal is to be the first to get rid of all the cards you hold and in so doing making Pumba.
It is played with a 40 card Spanish deck.
Two to six players can play the game.
The value of the cards is given in the table below:
The player in charge of dealing the cards must first be determined by drawing a card. The dealer deals out 5 cards to the player on their right, the “hand”, and 4 cards to the other players.
The player to the right of the dealer places a card face up on the table. The next player must match the suit or play a card of another suit but of the same number, in which case the suit changes to that of the new card.
If you cannot play a card then you miss a turn. The cards that have been played must be stacked neatly, with only the last card played being visible.
Players have to announce that they only have one card left by saying “Pumba” out loud before putting down their last but one card. If a player forgets to say “Pumba” and someone mentions this, then this player has to take two more cards from the deck. The game ends when a player puts down their last card. At this point, the remaining players show their cards, tallying all the points from the value of their cards.
There are 6 cards that have a special meaning:
Each player scores the sum of the points that they have left in their hand, so that a player who scores 100 or more is eliminated from the game, the other players continue until there is only one who does not reach 100 points, and this player wins the match. This score of 100 points may be changed by mutual agreement before starting the game. Whoever wins an individual round deducts 5 points from their score.
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