[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps

December 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps cards

Welcome to the first day of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) 2016. Today’s entry will look at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of Top Trumps, a popular card game in the United Kingdom that originated in the 1970s. Top Trumps cards are sold in packs, and each pack centers around a particular theme. There are hundreds of different themes out there — everything from military aircraft to the periodic table of the elements, dinosaurs to soccer stars, Harry Potter to the X-Men. Each card features a character or subject and contains a description and a list of categories and their accompanying numerical values.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the cards feature characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and the categories are Highest Level, Number of Cards, Highest Attack Points, Highest Defense Points, and Number of Duels.

Did you know that Yugi Muto has played 98 cards throughout the series? Or that Mai Valentine’s strongest card only has 2000 attack points? Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps helps you discover these and other facts about the show’s characters. Because Top Trumps cards feature various biographical data and numerical statistics about their subjects, they are often used as learning tools. There is even a national Top Trumps tournament held between thousands of elementary schools in the United Kingdom.

Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card
Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

The goal of Top Trumps is to win all of your opponents’ cards. To begin, the players are dealt all of the cards face down, and the players keep their cards face down in a stack. The player to the left of the dealer begins by flipping his top card face-up, looking at his card, and calling out a category. The other players then flip their top card face-up. The player whose card has the highest value in that category wins that round and takes all of the face-up cards and puts them on the bottom of his stack.

If there is a tie, or if the value of a card doesn’t exist for the called category, all of the face-up cards are placed in the center, and the turn player goes again until there is a winner. The winner of the round will also get all the cards in the center. In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, a value of “Infinity” always wins, and a value of “Unknown” always forces the turn player to go again.

Sounds easy, right? Let’s play an example round. Suppose I play Téa Gardner and my opponent plays Mai Valentine.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Tea Gardner and Mai Valentine cards

Téa will beat Mai if I call the Highest Attack Points category. But Mai will beat Téa if I call the Number of Cards, Highest Defense Points, or Number of Duels category. The Highest Level category results in a tie, in which case I would flip over my next card and try again.

Top Trumps is an entirely self-contained game. There are 30 cards in a pack, and each pack includes the same cards. Each card measures about 2.5 x 4 inches. Here are some of the other cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition.

Yugi and his friends and family:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Grandpa, Joey, Yugi, Tea, and Tristan cards

Marik and his Rare Hunter goons:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Umbra & Lumis, Strings, Arkana, and Marik Ishtar cards

The Kaiba Brothers:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Seto and Mokuba Kaiba cards

Guardians of the Pharaoh:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Aknadin, Isis, Mahad, and Seto cards

Yami Yugi might be labeled as this game’s “Top Trump!” but there is at least one card that will always beat him…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps deck of cards and Yami Yugi card

The other cards in the set are Bandit Keith, Bonz, Dartz, Ishizu Ishtar, Mako Tsunami, Maximillion Pegasus, Odion, PaniK, Rafael, Rex Raptor, Shadi, Weevil Underwood, and Yami Bakura.

Also included is a card explaining the rules of the game, plus a special buy-5-get-1-free offer.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps rule card and proof of purchase card

The instructions for the special offer are meant for the British market, but the producer of the game is also offering the same deal to the U.S. market.

Where To Buy

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps is owned and produced by Winning Moves, a maker of all types of board and card games. In the United States, Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps can be purchased directly from Winning Moves for $7.99.

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