Pairs is a "New Classic Pub Game" designed by James Ernest and Paul Peterson. You can play with 2 to 8 players, the rules are very simple, and each hand takes about 5 minutes.
Pairs uses a simple "triangle" deck of cards: 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, etc. all the way to 10x10. That's 55 cards all together.
Pairs is a press-your-luck game. Each round, players take turns deciding whether to take a card or fold. Folding gets you some points, but catching a pair could get you a lot more points (and points are bad.) The first player to reach a target score loses the game.
Who likes fruit? We do! The basic "Fruit Deck" is the most basic and family-friendly Pairs deck, with clip art of fruits and vegetables lovingly arranged by James Ernest. It's fruity, like a slot machine, and vegetably, like a slightly healthier slot machine. The rules contain extended illustrations and examples as well as the simplest variant of the game, called "Continuous Pairs,"
Released: 25 November 2014