Red 7 Card Game

Red seven card game

This post is about the very fun Red 7 games by Asmadi Games.

Table of Contents

Red 7 Rules

1. 7 Red Games #1: Basic Red Seven Game

So to begin with, here are the basic rules of Red7 and how to set up the game (click on any image to expand it):

Rules for setting up basic Red7

Once the game is set up, here is what each player can do on each turn:

What each player can do on their turn

The rules sound confusing to begin with but get much easier as you play. To understand how to win each of the canvas rules in Red7, here are some examples:

Example Plays Red7

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2. Red 7 Game Rules: Advanced 7 Red Game

Once you’ve gotten the hang of basic Red7, you can add one more rule as well as scoring to the game. Here’s how to play advanced Red7.

Extra rules for advanced Red7
How scoring works in Red7

3. Red 7 Games #3 & #4: Playing either Basic Red7 Card Game or Advanced Red7 with Action Rules

To add yet another layer of complexity to Red7, you can choose to play with the action rules on some of the cards. Here’s how that works.

Action rules in Red7

So there you’ve got it. Those are all the different Red 7 Games. Now, on to my original post.

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When was the last time you were stark raving mad about a game?

Not a digital game on your phone or computer, but an offline IRL game like the ones we used to play as kids (for those of us old enough to remember a time when children played non-digital games 😛 )?

For me, it had been a long long time, until I came across a card game last year, the Red Seven card game, which is what I’d like to tell you about today.

How Did I First Come Across the Red 7 Card Games?

On a lazy Sunday in Kampala last year, I went to visit my cousins as  I usually like to do.

As soon as I walked through the door, one of my cousins said, “Biche, I’ve got to teach you how to play this game!”

I could see she wanted to teach me a card game because she had a deck of cards in her hands.

Although I’m not a big fan of games, except for Scrabble and Monopoly, I decided to humour her.

Red 7 Game: A Game with Many Moving Parts

My cousin explained to me that we were going to play a card game called Red7.

Although it’s a card game, I could see we weren’t going to play with a standard deck of cards.

Instead, the Red Seven card game has special cards made specifically for the game, sort of like Uno (remember that?). I could see that the cards in my cousin’s hands had numbers, colors and words written along the side.

Card used for Red7

My cousin began to explain the card game rules to me.

She began to say something complicated about how certain colors trumped others and that there were cards to be held in your hands and others to be placed in front of you.

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She also mentioned something about being able to change the rules of the game and making sure you were always winning at the end of your turn. Sounds confusing? It sure did to me.

I stopped my cousin mid-explanation and told her that I simply couldn’t understand what she was telling me.

Instead, I suggested that we begin to play the game and then she could explain as we went along.

Red7Card Game Rules

Quickly enough, I got the hang of Red7.

So much so, that I won 5 games in a row.

I loved it!

We were playing the basic version of the game, and I loved how the game kept me on my toes.

I had to keep track of the value of the cards in my hand, while balancing which rules I could likely win the game with (related to the colors of the cards), all the while monitoring the cards other players had in front of them (in their palette).

It had been a very long time since I had played such a fun and engaging game.

My cousins and I had to wrap up our gaming party soon enough since one of my cousins had to go to work.

Color Reference Guide Red7

As I went on to do other things that day, my mind kept wandering back to Red7.

I guess I wasn’t the only one because soon enough, one of my cousins came over to my place so we could continue playing.

Now that we had the rules of the basic game mastered, we decided to up the ante and try playing Red7 using the advanced Red Seven card game rules.

Playing Red7 Game with the Advanced Rules

Playing with the advanced rules added a whole level of complexity to this already fun and complex game.

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Developing a sure-fire strategy to win became a lot harder.

I was like a person possessed.

Whenever I was free, all I wanted to do was play Red7.

It quickly became me and my cousins’ default Sunday plan.

And whenever other family members spent Sundays with us too, we’d be sure to also introduce them to the game.

It’s on one such Sunday that I learned two more things about Red7: 1) Red7 is truly a 2-4 player game. If you try to play with more than 4 players, some drop out within the first round of play for lack of a way to beat so many palettes; and 2) kids can also play Red7.

How to Play Sevens

Did you come to this post looking for how to play Sevens, the card game played with a regular deck of playing cards? If so, here is a video that explains that.

Sevens Card Game Scoring

Games of Sevens are fairly quick, which means you can play plenty of rounds in a short space of time so introducing a scoring system makes sense.

Take inspiration from the classic UNO rules and use the same scoring system, add up everyone who has cards left and award the winning player the combined score.

Work scoring out as follows:

  • Numbered cards – Face Value;
  • Ace – 1 point;
  • Jack, Queen, King – 10 points.

When everyone’s done playing, whoever has the most points accumulated across the entire game wins.

Photo Credit:, Meeple Like Us, Board Game Quest


  1. Biche dear,

    I am not a big fan of card games. Like you, scrabble and monopoly were more my thing . and still are! But I am now so intrigued by Red7 that I am just going to try to get my head around it…

    But the next time I am in your neck of the woods, we have to have a game of good ol monopoly!


    1. Hi Emem,

      Since I think this is your first comment on my blog, allow me to officially say: welcome to Chick About Town! Thanks for leaving me a comment. 🙂

      A good game of Monopoly is a plan! It’s a date for whenever we are in the same part of the world. Do check out Red7, though, if ever you get a chance. It’s A LOT of fun! 🙂

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