1. How do I play Match?  
 
 

1. How do I play Match?


12 cards are placed face up on the table. All of the players use these cards to play at the same time. Who is the quickest and will be the first to find a MATCH of 3 cards? If the MATCH is correct, the player wins those 3 cards and they are removed from the display. The display is then topped up with three new cards to complete the group of 12. Who will find the next MATCH? Excitement and challenges until the end!


The player who collects the most MATCH's is the winner.

What's a MATCH?

All 81 cards are different with respect to the following four characteristics:

Quantity: 1, 2 or 3
Color: Red, Violet or Turquoise
Shape: Oval, Beam or Wave
Filling: Empty, Half, Full

Three cards together constitute a MATCH. But only if each of the four characteristics is either absolutely identical or totally different. When looking for a MATCH, each player must therefore always look at the cards and consider the following questions:

Is the quantity on all three cards absolutely identical or totally different? (Yes/No)
Is the color on all three cards absolutely identivcal or totally different? (Yes/No)
Is the shape on all three cards absolutely identivcal or totally different? (Yes/No)
Is the filling on all three cards absolutely identivcal or totally different? (Yes/No)

And only if each of the four questions can be answered with a "Yes" is there really a MATCH. (see examples on the bottom of the page).

Playing the Game

  • All 81 cards are shuffled thoroughly and placed face down in a pile.
  • 12 cards are turned over and arranged in displays of 3 x 4 cards.

The cards forming a MATCH do not have to be displayed in any particular arrangement; they can be anywhere in the group of 12. The three marked cards in the illustration are an example of a MATCH.


All players play simultateously. Each player tries to find a MATCH as quickly as possible. A player who thinks s/he has discovered a MATCH points out the MATCH and clicks "MATCH".


If the player has indeed found a SET, the three cards forming the MATCH are removed and laid face down in front of the player. Anyone can top up the display with three new cards and the game continues.


If the player was wrong and the cards pointed out do not form a MATCH, the game continues but the "incorrect player" is not allowed to continue playing until another player has found a correct MATCH.


No MATCH in the display? It is possible that the 12 cards on the table do not contain a MATCH (or that the players cannot find a MATCH for some time). In this case, an additional three cards from the pile are added to the display thus temporarily increaseing it to 15 cards. However after the MATCH is found, the display is not topped up so that the game continues with 12 cards on display.

The End of the Game

The game is over when all of the cards in the pile have been used up and no additional MATCH's can be found in the cards displayed on the table.


The winner is the player who has collected the most cards.

Examples of a MATCH:

Quantity same or different? Yes, same!
Color same or different? Yes, same!
Shape same or different? Yes, same!
Filling same or different? Yes, different!

Quantity same or different? Yes, different!
Color same or different? Yes, same!
Shape same or different? Yes, different!
Filling same or different? Yes, same!

Quantity same or different? Yes, different!
Color same or different? Yes, different!
Shape same or different? Yes, different!
Filling same or different? Yes, different!

Examples of No MATCH:

Quantity same or different? Yes, same!
Color same or different? Yes, different!
Shape same or different? Yes, same!
Filling same or different? No, either or!

Quantity same or different? Yes, same!
Color same or different? No, either or!
Shape same or different? Yes, different!
Filling same or different? No, either or!

Quantity same or different? No, either or!
Color same or different? No, either or!
Shape same or different? No, either or!
Filling same or different? No, either or!
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