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Some say three is a crowd, but we think three is a party! You need two other people and can have a hilarious time playing the most entertaining card games. Whether you like the classic trick-taking card game or one of the popular drinking card games, there are various games perfect for a party of three!

Don’t know which card game is suitable for you? Don’t worry! Check out our list of the best 3-player card games you and two of your friends will have a blast playing!

1. What Do You Meme? Core Game

  • Player count: 3 or more players
  • Duration: Varies
  • Ages: 17 years and up

If you and your friends like sending silly memes to each other, you will love the What Do You Meme card game. The goal of this 3-player card game is for people to create the funniest memes. Get ready ‘till your sides hurt from all the laughing you’ll be doing when you play this fun card game.

Here’s a tip: start with the What Do You Meme Core Game to get used to playing. Once everyone gets the hang of it, you can try out the expansion packs to level up your meme game!

How to play What Do You Meme Core Game

The rules for What Do You Meme is easy to follow. Players must first draw 7 caption cards each from the draw pile. For every round, one player is chosen to act as a judge and will choose a photo card that will be placed on an easel.

A good criterion for determining who will be the judge is to select the player with the most Instagram followers. Since they have a lot of followers, they must be experts at memes, right?

Once a photo card has been selected, the rest of the players must match one of their caption cards to the photo card on the easel. The judge will choose which caption creates the hilarious meme. The player with the winning caption wins the round and gets the photo card equivalent to one point.

The What Do You Meme Core Game contains 360 caption cards and 75 photo cards, so you can play for a long time if you want to. By the end of the game, the player with the most photo cards wins!

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Reasons to buy:

  • Easy and fun to play
  • Will make players laugh a lot

Reasons to avoid:

  • Has a lot of slang
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2. Truth or Drink

  • Player count: 3 or more players
  • Duration: Varies
  • Ages: 21 years and up

Do you want to play a game to help you and two other friends become much closer? Play a game of Truth or Drink, and you’ll be in for a lot of surprises!

Truth or Drink is a drinking game that’s always a hit at parties. It’s a variant of the classic game Truth or Dare, and it’s a perfect excuse to make people drink! You know that even if secrets and alcohol are not a good combination, you and your drinking buddies will have a fantastic time playing!

If you’ve played Truth or Drink before, you know that coming up with questions can take some time. It’s good then that the Truth or Drink Card Game comes with 432 questions on 220 cards and 55 strategy cards. You won’t have to worry about running out of questions anymore!

How to play the Truth or Drink Card Game

Before anything else, make sure to prepare your drinks and snacks. You can then shuffle the decks of cards. Afterward, players must take turns spinning a bottle and picking a card.

If a player doesn’t want to ask a question, they’ll have to take a drink! Feel free to devise special rules like setting the number of times a player can skip a question.

Reasons to buy:

  • Easy and fun to play
  • Great way to learn more about each other

Reasons to avoid:

  • Can get brutal and personal
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3. UNO Flip

  • Player count: 3 more players
  • Duration: Varies
  • Ages: 7 years and up

UNO Flip is a game of cards that can be easily played by three people or more. If you’re familiar with the classic UNO card game, then playing UNO Flip should be a breeze. Like the original UNO, it’s a fun card game for kids, teens, and adults!

The mechanics of UNO Flip are the same as the original UNO card game except for some additional twists. The ultimate game-changer is that UNO Flip comes with a double-sided card deck that could flip at any moment! And that’s how UNO Flip got its name! It also comes with new action cards you won’t find in the regular UNO card game.

How to play UNO Flip

First of all, you play UNO Flip like how you would play regular UNO, and what’s different is that the deck of cards contains Light and Dark sides. You start the game by shuffling all the cards and giving each player seven cards.

Players start playing Light Side first, so the Light Side of your cards should face you while the other players see the dark side of your cards. Once the cards are distributed, place the leftover cards face-down on the table, which will become the draw pile.

Like with regular UNO, you can now take turns getting the top card from the draw pile and discarding them. Players need to match the drawn card’s color, number, or symbol so they can start discarding their cards.

If a player doesn’t have a matching card, they’ll have to get from the draw pile until they get a match. The goal is to be the fastest one to discard all the cards, which is easier said than done especially when action cards come into play!

UNO Flip also has action cards that make the game more exciting, like Draw One, Draw Five, Reverse, Skip, Wild, Wild 2, and the Flip card. When you or one of your friends play the Flip card, all the players must flip their cards. If you started playing the Light Side of the cards, you’d have to switch to playing with the Dark Side of the cards.

The Dark Side is mostly the same as the Light Side, except some action cards are different and come with stricter penalty cards. You keep playing, and if someone uses another Flip card, you’ll go back to playing the Light Side of the cards. The winner is the first person who plays all the cards in their hand.

Remember that since this is still UNO, you need to yell “UNO” if you only have one card left on your hand. If you fail to yell “UNO” and you’re caught, you must draw two cards!

Reasons to buy:

  • Fun to play for people of all ages
  • High level of replayability

Reasons to avoid:

  • A game can run pretty long
  • Can get pretty competitive
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4. Unstable Unicorns Card Game

  • Player count: 2 - 8 players
  • Duration: 1 hour or more
  • Ages: 21 years and up

The Unstable Unicorns Card Game is a modern card game that three players can play. This game can get pretty absurd, especially when its official description says, ‘Build a Unicorn Army. Betray your friends. Unicorns are your friends now.’

Besides the crazy game objective, Unstable Unicorns stands out because of its adorable artwork. Don’t be fooled by the cutely drawn unicorns, though, because this game can get surprisingly dark! You and your friends will also have to come up with an excellent strategy to succeed in building your unicorn army to win the game!

How to play the Unstable Unicorns Card Game

The Unstable Unicorns Card Game comes with 135 cards and 1 rule book. There are white-backed cards, black-backed cards, and reference cards. Before you start playing, shuffle the white-backed cards, which are the Baby Unicorn Cards.

Each player should get a Baby Unicorn Card, and the leftover cards should be placed face down in the middle of the table. This pile of Baby Unicorn Cards will be known as the Nursery. The black-backed cards should also be shuffled, and each player gets 5 cards. The remaining black-backed cards become the draw pile.

Once all the cards have been dealt, you can start playing. Players each take turns getting the top card from the draw pile and following the instructions from the card they picked.

Some of the cards will let you upgrade your stable, downgrade other players’ stables and even blow up other unicorns! Neigh cards will also allow you to cancel your opponents’ cards. Make sure to devise a suitable strategy to fill your stable with unicorns!

Suppose you’re playing this as a 3-player game, the first person to get 7 unicorns for their stable wins! The winner will also be known as the Righteous Ruler of All Things Magical! Do you think the title is a little much? It’s a game about catching unicorns, after all, so why not?!

Reasons to buy:

  • A lot of fun to play
  • Cute artwork design

Reasons to avoid:

  • Can get pretty absurd
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5. Exploding Kittens

  • Player count: 2 - 5 players
  • Duration: 10 - 20 minutes
  • Ages: teens and older

Exploding Kittens is one of the more modern card games on this list. Just like the Unstable Unicorns Card Game, this game uses a cute animal and has a weird premise too: if you get an exploding kitten, you die! At least die in the game, of course!

If you’re looking for a thrilling game that three people can play, this game won’t disappoint. Although players need an excellent strategy to win, sometimes, surviving to the end is all about the luck of the draw. It helps if you and your friends can keep your face stoic like poker players so that no one knows which cards each one is holding!

Playing Exploding Kittens with your 2 BFFs can feel like playing Russian Roulette. You get tense thinking that there’s a bomb that can go off at any time, which makes the game chaotic and unpredictable!

How to play Exploding Kittens

Before shuffling the cards, remove the Exploding Kitten cards and Defuse cards first. You can then give 7 cards face-down to each player. Each player gets 1 Defuse card, so everyone has a total of 8 cards. For a 3-player game, you can insert 2 Exploding Kitten cards back in the draw pile, and this ensures that at least one player won’t get an Exploding Kitten card.

The game lets players take turns playing their cards and following the instructions. Players can use different types of cards to turn the game in their favor. If you put down an Attack card, you can make the next player take two turns in a row.

A See the Future card will allow you to peek at the top three cards in the draw pile to see if the Exploding Kitten is there. Depending on what cards you find, you can make an alternative strategy to ensure anyone, but you get the Exploding Kitten card!

Once you’ve played your cards or made a pass, you end your turn by getting a card from the draw pile, which is the exciting part because you have no idea if the next card you pick is an Exploding Kitten!

Don’t forget too, that each player has a Defuse card! If you get an Exploding Kitten card, you can stay in the game by putting down a Defuse card. This means that the bomb on the kitten has been defused, and you’re still alive! You can then put the Exploding Kitten card back in the deck so it’s back in play. The last player who doesn’t get an Exploding Kitten wins the game!

Reasons to buy:

  • Fun and exciting to play
  • Cute artwork design

Reasons to avoid:

  • Understanding the rules can be confusing at first
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6. For The Girls

  • Player count: 3 - 20 players
  • Duration: 10 - 20 minutes
  • Ages: teens and older

The For The Girls card game is the ultimate card game for girls. This is an absolute must for the next time you have a sleepover with your two besties. If you and your girlfriends like playing Truth or Dare, Never Have I Ever or Most Likely To, Best of the Best or Rapid Fire, you’re in luck because For the Girls combines all these awesome games in one package!

You don’t have to keep racking your brains to come up with questions and dares because you now have 500 cards to choose from! As long as you have this game and your favorite drinks on hand, you and your friends can have a party all night long! Here’s a tip: many questions can get pretty dirty and raunchy! This 3-player card game is for adults only!

How to play For the Girls

Players take turns rolling the dice and performing the action on the card they picked. Each die side has a color that matches one of the card categories.

For example, if the dice land on the color pink, the player has to get the top card from the Truth or Dare deck, read aloud the instructions on the card, and do the required action. If the player successfully performs the dare or shares a truth, they get to keep the card. If they take a pass, they must put the card back in the deck.

Every winning card is equivalent to one point. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins!

Reasons to buy:

  • Easy and fun to play
  • Perfect for a bachelorette party or girls-only activities

Reasons to avoid:

  • Can get too social media-heavy
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