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The objective in Switch is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards. Switch is also known under the names Jack Changes, Peanuckle and Irish Switch. It is very similar to the games Crazy Eights and UNO®, it's basically UNO® played with a normal deck.
To make the game more interesting there are a number of cards that are special:
2: If a player plays a two, then the next player must draw two cards and cannot play any cards, UNLESS he has a two as well in which case he can play it and the next player him must draw 4 cards. This can go on as long as players have two's, and increases by two each time, e.g. if three players have played two's in a row then the fourth player must pick up six cards.
7: Dump the suit. All other cards in the same suit as the 7 may be played in the same turn. Do this by first playing the 7, then all the other cards of the suit will rise slightly in your hand and you will be prompted to play them. Click on them in the order you want to put them out. Any special cards put out after a 7 play will not have their normal effect, e.g. if you play a 7 of spades and then dump a 2 of spades it will not cause the next player to draw extra cards. You are not forced to get rid of all the cards of the suit, if you have a card of the suit you want to keep you can right-click on it and it will not be played.
8: When an 8 is played the next player misses his turn. Playing two or more eights together does not have any extra effect.
10: Reverses the direction of the game. E.g. if the game was going clockwise then it will start to go counter-clockwise and will continue like that until another 10 is played.
Black Jack: When a player plays a Black Jack the next player must draw 5 cards. Two Black Jacks can be played together, in which case the next player must draw 10 cards. If player 1 plays a black jack, then player 2 may also play a black jack if he has it and then player 3 will have to draw 10 cards.
Red Jack: The Red Jack cancels out a Black Jack. If player 1 plays a Black Jack then player 2 can play a Red Jack and then he won't have to draw 5 cards. If player 1 played 2 Black Jacks then player 2 can either play one Red Jack and draw 5 cards, or play two Red Jacks and draw no cards. The Red Jack is only effective against a Black Jack, you can also play it like any other card but it won't have any special effect.
Ace: Ace can be played no matter what suit is on the table, and when a player plays an Ace he gets to decide what suit the table changes to. This is essentially the same as an 8 in Crazy Eights.
Black Queen: Player changes hands with the player left to him. E.g. if player 1 plays Black Queen, then player 2 will get all of player 1's cards, and player 1 will get all of player 2's cards. It's a good card to play if the player left to you has fewer cards than you do.
When a player plays his last card he wins the game. The one exception is if his last card is an Ace, if it is then he plays the Ace and has to draw a new card, and so is not finished. An ace can never be the last card. When playing this game in real life the player must also call out "last card" when he has only one card left, but that doesn't work well in computer games and so is not included.
There are many, many variations of this game (you can see some of them on Wikipedia, but the rules above are the ones I've implemented for this version, so don't be surprised that it's not exactly the way you're used to playing.
This online version of Switch was made by me. My name is Einar Egilsson and over there on the left is my current Facebook profile picture! I've never actually played Switch in real life. I have however played a lot of UNO®, and originally I wanted to create that. But, Mattel owns the rights to it, I actually asked them for permission and got a big No, so I found this game, which is essentially UNO® with normal cards, and decided to make it instead. It also means I don't have to find UNO® card images, so that's a bonus! Hope you enjoy the game :)
Any comments, questions, ideas for other games or anything else can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is version 2011 of Switch.