2 to 4 players
Cheat is a card game where the players aim to get rid of all of their cards. It is a game of deception, with cards being played face-down and players being permitted to lie about the cards they have played. A challenge is usually made by players calling out the name of the game, and the loser of a challenge has to pick up every card played so far.
One standard deck of 52 cards is used for two to four players. For more than four players two packs should be combined.
The ranking of the cards from high to low is: A – K – Q – J – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2.
The first player to get rid of all their cards and to survive the challenges wins the game.
All cards are dealt one-by-one until no cards are left. Some players may have more cards than others.
A player’s turn consists of discarding one or more cards face down, and calling out their rank—which may be a lie.
The player who sits to the left of the dealer (clockwise) takes the first turn, and must call aces. The second player does the same, and must call twos. Play continues like this, increasing rank each time, with aces following kings.
At any moment a player suspects another player of lying, they can call them out by shouting “Cheat”, and the cards in question are revealed to all players. When the accused player was indeed found to be lying, they have to take the whole pile of cards into their hand. If the player was not lying, the caller must take the pile into their hand. Once the next player has placed cards, however, it is too late to call out any previous players.