My 13 year old has been making his own Top Trumps games for a couple of years now, all hand-drawn and cut out. This week though, he made his first Top Trumps with the computer. He based it on one of his favourite subjects, Rollercoasters from all around the world.
If you want to, as a fun activity for your child, you can also make your own Top Trumps game with a subject that your son loves. Here’s how to do it :
1. Choose your subject – for e.g. Trains, Animals, Cars, Continents, Capital Cities, Places of interest in America/England etc.
2. Decide your categories. These need to be numerical so that there is a clear winner each time. Using our example, Rollercoasters are categorised by things that can be counted. Each rollercoaster has the following categories :
– Duration (in seconds)
– Number of inversions
– Height (in metres)
– Track length (in metres)
– Maximum speed (in miles per hour)
– Year opened
3. Then create a card (see picture above) for each item, with it’s categories. For e.g. with Rollercoasters, each rollercoaster has it’s own card, with an image of the Rollercoaster (Hades being an example of one of them), and included are the figures for how long the ride lasts (duration), how many inversions it has, it’s height in metres and so on.
4. To play the game, you then :
a) Divide the cards up by the number of players. For e.g. I played with my 2 sons, there were 30 Rollercoaster cards that my son made, so we each had 10 in our hands.
b) The youngest player starts by looking at the first card in their pile, and picking any category that they think will have a higher score than the score for that category that other players have on their first card. For e.g. if my son has a maximum speed that is high, he may call out that category in the hope that the other players’ top cards have rollercoasters with a lower maximum speed.
c) The other players then need to call out their numerical figure for that same category, based on what is on their first card from their pile.
d) Whichever player has the highest score, gets all of the other players’ top cards. They put the cards they’ve won at the back of their card pile. They then choose the next category for their next card and call it out.
e) Whoever wins a round then has the next turn to call out a category of their choosing.
f) The winner is the last person with cards remaining. Anyone who runs out of cards is immediately out of the game.