3UP 3DOWN was originally published in 2016 by Ok2Win LLC. The premise behind the game is rather straightforward. Six cards are placed in front of you at the beginning of the game. Your goal is to get rid of these cards before the other players. This is done by playing cards of the same or a higher number than the last played card. If you cannot play a card, you must pick up all of the cards from the discard pile.
Year: 2016 | Publisher: Ok2Win LLC | Designer: NA | Artist: NA
Genres: Card, Family
Ages: 7+ | Number of Players: 2-6 | Length of Game: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: High
Components: 70 number cards, 7 Clear cards, 6 Clear +1 cards, 1 Clear +2 card, instructions
Objective of 3UP 3DOWN
The objective of 3UP 3DOWN is to get rid of all of your cards before the other players
Setup for 3UP 3DOWN
- Shuffle the cards.
- Deal three cards face down to each player. These cards are referred to as the 3DOWN cards, and should be placed next to one another in front of each player. Players cannot look at these cards.
- Deal six more cards face down to each player. Players may look at these cards. Each player will choose three of these cards to place face up on top of their 3DOWN cards. These cards are referred to as your 3UP cards.
- The other three cards that you were dealt make up your hand.
- Place the rest of the cards face down in the middle of the table. These cards will be the draw pile.
- The rules don’t specify who gets to start the game.
Playing Cards From Your Hand
Players will take turns in a clockwise order.
On your turn you will have the opportunity to play one or more cards from your hand. To play a card(s) from your hand, the number on the card must be equal to or higher than the cards currently on top of the discard pile. You may play any card on top of an open/cleared discard pile. If you have a card in your hand that you can play, you must play it.
If you have two or more cards of the same number, you can play all of the cards together.
The Clear, Clear + 1, and Clear +2 cards can be played on any other card.
If you can’t play a card on your turn, you must pick up all of the cards from the discard pile and add them to your hand. Your turn then ends.
After you play your card, you will take cards from the draw pile until you have three cards in your hand. If you have more than three cards in your hand (due to having to pick up the discard pile), you will not draw cards at the end of your turn.
Playing Cards From Your 3UP 3DOWN Piles
Once all of the cards have been taken from the draw pile, you have the ability to play the cards from your 3UP 3DOWN piles. To play a card from one of these piles though, you must have already played all of the cards from your hand.
You will begin by playing your 3UP (face up) cards. These cards are played in the same way as the cards from your hand. You can play one card from your piles if it is equal to or higher than the card on the top of the discard pile. If you have two or more cards of the same number, you can play all of them at the same time.
After you have played all of your 3UP (face up) cards, you can start playing the 3DOWN (face down) cards. Once per turn you can flip over and play one of your 3DOWN cards.
If you reveal a card that you can’t play, you must pick up the discard pile. If you can’t play the card, you don’t have to reveal what the card is to the other players.
Should you end up having to pick up the discard pile (you can’t play a card on your turn), you can’t play any cards from your 3UP 3DOWN piles until you get rid of all of the cards from your hand.
There are three types of Clear cards: Clear, Clear +1, and Clear +2.
You can play these three types of cards at any time as they are higher than any numbered card. When you play any of these cards, you will remove the entire discard pile (including the Clear card) from the game.
With a normal Clear card, your turn ends after the discard pile is removed.
Clear +1 cards remove the discard pile. The player that plays the cards also has to take one more action. You may either play a card or cards of the same number from your hand. You may choose to draw a card before you play your card for the +1.
The Clear +2 card will remove the discard pile cards from the game. The player that plays the card must take two additional actions as well. You must play one card for the +1 and another card for the +2. You may discard multiple cards of the same number which will count as one of the actions that you have to take. Before you take the +1 and/or +2 action, you may choose to draw a card.
If you play a Clear +2 card from your 3UP 3DOWN pile and the second card that you play is less than the value of the first played card, you will pick up the cards from the discard pile.
To play a numbered card on your turn, it must be equal to or higher than the card on the top of the discard pile. You may play multiple cards of the same number on your turn.
The colors on the numbered cards have no impact on gameplay. If you want a quicker game though (for 2-4 players), you can choose to not use some of the colors to create a smaller deck.
If three or more cards of the same number are played consecutively, it will be treated like a Clear card was played. You will remove the discard pile cards from the game.
Winning 3UP 3DOWN
The first player to play their final 3DOWN card wins.
Optional 3UP 3DOWN Rules
These rules are optional. You can choose which of them you would like to use.
After a player wins the game, you can continue to play to see what place the rest of the players get.
You can choose to ignore the rule where you must play a card if you can. Instead you can choose to draw a card instead of playing one.
Number 1 cards can be treated like reverses. With this rule in place, play will change from clockwise to counter-clockwise and vice versa whenever a 1 is played.
You can choose to implement a scoring system to determine who is the winner over several games. Each player will score points for the cards left in their hand at the end of the game. The player with the least points after the agreed upon number of rounds, wins the game. The value of each card is as follows:
- Number Cards: Face Value
- Clear: 15 points
- Clear +1: 20 points
- Clear +2: 25 points
After you have set up the 3UP 3DOWN pile, you can randomly select players to switch their piles. You may also allow players to choose cards from their hand for the face up cards on other players’ piles.
If four of the same colored cards are played consecutively, without the discard pile being cleared, the player who played the last card can choose to replace one of their 3UP (face up) cards with a card from their hand.