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OVERVIEW

The Cards and Games

When playing MM games, players must shift their attention from one of the six characteristics of each card to another while matching cards according to the rules of each game. Shifting your attention in this way (called set-shifting) supercharges your brain while you and your friends have a lot of fun at the same time. The six characteristics (picture, color, number, letter, word, and suit) are arranged in a standard way on each card (see above). The games are numerous, varied, challenging, engaging, and fun. See some of the game names below.

Meld-a-Razzi         Memory-Match

Meld-a-Razzi
Memory-Match

Rummy-Matchic         Slap-Match

Rummy-Matchic
Slap-Match

Matchomatic

TriMatchalon     InterMatchum

TriMatchalon
InterMatchum

Speedi-Match         Warrior-Match

Speedi-Match
Warrior-Match

Pinochle-Matchic

The Decks

There are two decks of Mixed Match playing cards--Standard and Master.

The MM Standard Deck: In the MM Standard deck, five of the six matching characteristics have 16 representations each (such as 16 different colors, 16 different words, etc.). However, there are only four suits (moons, stars, peaks and bricks). Below are four cards from the Standard deck showing the number "Ten", each in one of the four suits.

The MM Master Deck: In the MM Master deck, five of the characteristics have 8 representations each (such as 8 different animal pictures, 8 different numbers, etc.) However, like in the Standard deck, there are only the same four suits. The Master deck is Pinochle-style in that there are two cards of each suit having the same number, letter, word, picture and/or color on it. Check out the figure below showing the eight "Tens" of the Master deck (with two Tens in each of the four suits).

Matching Cards In MM Card Games

Mixed Match playing cards can be matched when two cards have at least one characteristic that has the same representation (such as the same color, the same number, etc.) Following is a chain of Standard deck cards showing different types of matches in Mixed Match playing cards.

YOU CAN ALSO PLAY ALL THE CLASSIC CARD GAMES WITH MM DECKS!

Mixed Match Standard and Master playing cards are designed so that the four suits can be likened to the four suits in a classic deck of Standard or Pinochle cards, making it possible to play nearly every classic card game with the MM Standard and Master decks. (See box below)

KIDS CAN PLAY TOO!

The complete rules books for MM Standard and Master decks provide tips for kids to make the games enjoyable for everybody ages 10 and up. Check out some of the Kid's Tips below.

MM STANDARD GAMES: TWELVE EXCITING GAMES TO PLAY SOLO OR WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

A number of Mixed Match card games have similarities to classic games like Rummy, Pinochle, Crazy-8's, and the well-known game played with five dice. But adding the set-shifting/matching action of MM playing cards changes everything! Check out all the games that can be played with a single deck of Standard Mixed Match playing cards!

Standard Games For 2-4 Players

  • In unique “Matchomatic”, players are dealt 8 or 9 cards face-up that they must match, one by one, to two face-up piles in the middle of the table, all within a 30″ turn. Super set-shifting/matching action!
  • “InterMatchUm” is like the game of Crazy 8’s, but much more engaging. Try it out!
  • “Multi-Set Match” and “Animatch” have similarities with the game of Rummy; however, the concentration, strategy and perserverance required to win makes them much more challenging.
  • In “Moons”, a quirky game that has similarities with the game of Hearts, players try to get as few points as possible while taking tricks.
  • “MemoryMatch” has a lot in common with the traditional game of Concentration; however, players have to remember five different ways that pairs can be matched (which can be maddening in a good way)!
  • “Speedi-Match” is a unique, fast-paced game that requires all players to frantically match their cards to each others’ discard piles, all at the same time, until one of the players is the first to go out.
  • “TriMatchalon” invites players to choose three games from the above and compete in a tournament of sorts. The steady action will push your enjoyment to the max!

Standard Games For One Player

  • “SoloMatch” has a lot in common with the traditional game of Solitaire. However, in “SoloMatch”, cards are arrranged in the order that they match with the preceding card (on number, color, letter, word or picture) and not in numerical order alternating between red and black suits. This variation creates a novel and compelling game bringing hours of solitary entertainment. See below.

Standard Games For Two Players

  • “DuoMatch” has a lot in common with the game of SoloMatch”, but it is played with two players, allowing you to share your compulsion with a friend.
  • “WarriorMatch” is a variation of the traditional game of War, requiring players to match pairs of cards based on multiple characteristics and playing out “I Declare War” when there is a match.
  • “SlapMatch” is a fast-paced game like the traditional game of Slap War, but it is incredibly more exciting. Players must instantaneously decifer whether or not cards match on one of FIVE characteristics and then slap their hand down on each match before the other player does.

MM MASTER GAMES: NOVICES & AFFICIONADOS ALIKE WILL LOVE THESE MM MASTER GAMES!

Mixed Match Master games have similarities to the classic games of Rummy, Pinochle and the well-known game played with five dice. This will help those who have played these classic games catch on more quickly. However, you may find the Mixed Match Master games to be incredibly more challenging, exciting and satisfying than any of the classic games you have played.

1= Rummy Match-ic is similar in some ways to Pinochle and Rummy, but there are big differences, too. Rummy- Matchic is played with the MM Master deck, which is Pinochle style. During Rummy-Match-ic, players lay down a large array of different types of meld that are not possible with a traditional Pinochle deck. For example, there are four of a kind of each letter, word, color, number, and animal. Several additional pairs besides the marriage are allowed, including water pair, nanny/child pair, and farm pair. Finally, you can make a sequence flush using letters A, B, C...

Players also can cancel out the meld of other players when building a new meld group on top of another. To do this, players use specially designed meld markers to keep track of what meld has been laid down by which player for easy scoring. (2-4 players)

2= Pinochle Match-ic has some similarities with the traditional game of Pinochle, including naming trump, laying down meld, and taking tricks. However, the matching action of the MM Master cards makes playing this game a truly unique experience. First, players are given opportunities to improve their hand before melding during the exchange step of the game.

Second, they have increased chances for laying down meld in the second step because of the many, additional ways cards can be grouped with Mixed Match Master cards.

And third, during the trick-playing step, they must use novel strategies for taking in as many point cards as possible by playing the highest numbered card from their hand that matches at least one of the characteristics of the leading card for each trick. (2-4 players)

3= Jumble Match-ic is completely unique and promises to tweak your analytical capacities. Players must build on cards played together in the middle of the table in order to make different groups of meld. They use the meld markers to identify when a player has completed a meld grouping. As more and more cards are played, the possibilities for making meld groupings increases and the jumble on the table can become mind-boggling! (2-4 players)

4= Meld-a-Razzi has some similarities to how the well-known game with five dice is played, but it also has some delicious differences. First, the game is played with eight cards dealt out to each player during their turn, rather than dice. Second, each player has three tries to complete one or more groupings of cards (i.e. meld) during their turn. With MM Master cards, there are infintely more groupings of meld allowed than is possible with the game played with five, six-sided dice. See below. (1-4 players)

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