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Designer Kei Kajino (梶野 桂)
Publisher Oink Games
Players 2-5
Playing Time 15 mins
Suggested Age 9 and up
Honor 2022 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
2022 Japan Boardgame Prize Voters' Selection Nominee

SCOUT is a ladder-climbing game in which cards have two potential values, players may not rearrange their hand of cards, and players may pass their turn to take a card from the current high set of cards into their hand.

More specifically, cards are dual-indexed, with different values on each half of the card, with the 45 cards having all possible combinations of the numbers 1-10. During set-up, whoever is shuffling the cards should randomize both the order of the cards in the deck and their orientation. Once each player has been dealt their entire hand of cards, they pick up that hand without rearranging any of the cards; if they wish, they can rotate their entire hand of cards in order to use the values on the other end of each card, but again they cannot rearrange the order of cards in their hand.

On a turn, a player takes one of two actions:

• Play: A player chooses one or more adjacent cards in their hand that have all the same value or that have values in consecutive order (whether ascending or descending), then they play this set of cards to the table. They can do this only if the table is empty (as on the first turn) or the set they're playing is ranked higher than the set currently on the table; a set is higher if it has more cards or has cards of the same value instead of consecutive cards or has a set of the same quantity and type but with higher values. In this latter case when a player overplays another set, the player captures the cards in this previous set and places them face down in front of themselves.

• Scout: A player takes a card from either end of the set currently on the table and places it anywhere they wish in their hand in either orientation. Whoever played this previous set receives a 1 VP token as a reward for playing a set that wasn't beaten.

Once per round, a player can scout, then immediately play.

When a player has emptied their hand of cards or all but one player have scouted instead of playing, the round ends. Players receive 1 VP for each face-down card, then subtract one point for each card in their hand (except if they were the player scouted repeatedly to end the game). Play as many rounds as the number of players, then whoever has the most points wins.

Customer Reviews

Based on 32 reviews
A little card game for anyone and everyone!

The most impressive thing about this game is the way it works at every player count. At 2 players, it's a tense head to head battle. At 5 players, it's a conversational shedding game like President or Phase 10.

You can teach it to anyone and has little nuances in strategy that you learn as you play.

Fantastic Little Game that should be in your pocket!

Scout is such a fantastic little game. You play with a hand of cards to create the best sets to beat your opponents. It is super unique but also very easy to get to the table. Every group that I have played this game with loves the game a ton! This is one of those games I would consider a must have!


Small and not cheap, but good quality and I like the small box games from Oink games.

Samuel Lee

It is very easy to learn, and it is suitable for beginner and non gamers. The play time time is short and fun.

Romain Kelfa

Fun and clever little game !