Now that school is about over for the year, some of you may be looking for games that can be played with your kids and grandkids. Sleeping Queens is a fun card game for kids. I think it’s good especially for girls – which is a plus in my book, because so many games seem to be oriented toward boys.
Sleeping Queens was developed by a young girl and her family (and I hope it is funding her college education!). It has super cute art and it’s easy enough to play that my grandgirls (6 and almost 5) are close to being able to play themselves. Well, they would be if Miri could pick up her cards without showing them to everyone at the table! We team up with them to help with the addition. But it won’t be long before they are playing on their own.
Here’s a look at those all-important queen cards.
Rules are simple. There are twelve queen cards and they are placed in four rows, face down, on the table. Each player (any number 2-4) gets a hand of 5 cards. All the rest of the cards are put in the draw pile in the center of the table. There are 8 king cards. Playing a king card lets you “wake up” a sleeping queen and put her in front of you. Each queen has a numerical value, and the first person to reach 40 point or get 4 queens wins the game! Some of the queens have special powers. For example, you can’t have both the Dog Queen and the Cat Queen in your hand or in front of you, because they fight like cats and dogs. But there aren’t many of these special queens and their powers aren’t hard to remember.
The deck is also full of other number cards – which aren’t really good for anything, so you discard them and draw from the deck. You can discard one card, a pair of matching cards, or any group of cards that represent a valid addition equation (for example: you can discard a one, a one and a two card because 1+1=2) and draw to bring your hand back to five cards. You’re hoping for that king card that will let you wake up a queen!
But there are also “power” cards – cards that let you do something else, or prevent what someone else is trying to do to you. If you have a sleeping potion card, you can put one of your opponents’ queens back to sleep and move her back to the middle of the board. That is, unless the queen’s owner has a magic wand card to play to fend you off. And if you have a knight card, you can steal a queen from another player. Unless, of course, they have a dragon card to defend their queen! And yes, I know that seems backwards, but the queens have pet dragons, so there.
The game plays quickly, has just enough “I’m taking yours”/”Oh no you’re not!” to be fun and without tears. Each game takes about 10 minutes, maybe 15 to play. Just right for a shorter attention span. A lot of kid games are murder for adults to play. This one isn’t. No one groans when the girls ask for Sleeping Queens.
There is a new Deluxe 10th anniversary edition out that adds 4 new queens and 2 new kings. That also increases the number that can play up to 5.
When it is 104 degrees outside, you’re going to need something to do. Mama T recommends a few games of Sleeping Queens to pass the time!