Crazy Eights is a shedding-type card game for 2 or 4 players. The object of the game is to be the first to get rid of all the player's cards to a discard pile. The game is considered a pre-extension of Switch and Mau Mau.
Five cards are dealt to each player. The remaining cards of the deck are placed face down at the center of the table. The top card is then turned face up to start the game.
Players discard by matching rank or suit with the top card of the discard pile, starting with the player left of the dealer. If a player is unable to match the rank or suit of the top card of the discard pile and does not have an eight, they draw cards from the stockpile until getting a playable card. When a player plays an eight, they must declare the suit that the next player is to play; that player must then follow the named suit or play another eight.
As an example: Once the six of clubs is played the next player:
- can play any of the other sixes
- can play any of the clubs
- can play any eight (then must declare a different suit)
- can draw from the stockpile until willing and able to play one of the above
The game ends as soon as one player has emptied their hand.