In 99 (addition card game), counting is at stake as players play cards to the point total which always starts at 0. By playing cards in a strategic manner, players try to keep their points without exceeding the number 99.
When a player plays a card that goes over 99, they lose a point and the round is over. This continues until a player loses all the points and is eliminated.
The last player with points remaining wins.
Number of Players
This game can be played with 2 to 8 players in Board Game Arena. Various suggestions on optimal player count are as follows:
|Optimal Player Count
|Board Game Arena
|Board Game Geek
At the start of the game, each player gets 3 points and receives 3 random cards that form their hand. Meanwhile, the point total is set at 0 and the first player will be established.
Gameplay occurs in rounds, starting with the first player. On their turn, the active player plays a card from their hand and alters the point total based on the card played:
|Card Type Played
|Effect on Point Total
|2s, 3s, 5s, 6s, 7s and 8s
|Add corresponding face value
|Add 1 or 11 (of your choice)
|Jacks and Queens
|Reverse the direction of play (No effect to point total)
|Set the point total at 99
After a card is played towards the point total, the active player draws a new card to add to their hand. The next player in clockwise order must play a card that does not put the total over 99 and draw a new card afterwards.
End of the Round and End of the Game
The round ends when a player is busted and loses a point for failing to play a card that keeps the total within 99. After which, players receive a new hand of 3 cards for the next round. The point total sets back to 0 and the next round begins with the player who busted in the last round.
During the game, when a player loses all the points, they are eliminated from the game. The last player with points remaining wins.