Playing games and family game nights are fantastic fun. They bring everybody together and are excellent entertainment. But they can also have some educational value as well. Especially when playing number games such as 7ate9. 7ate9 is a fast and fun number crunching game that is apparently as easy as 1-2-3!

7ate9 is a family number crunching game which is suitable for 2-4 players, aged 8+. It is a quick game to play with a playing time of approximately 10-15 minutes.

In the box:

  • Storage Egg
  • 73 Number Playing Cards
  • Instructions

7ate9 is a simple number crunching, card shedding game. The idea is for players to get rid of all their cards as quick as they can using simple mental arithmetic. Players must use basic maths skills to lay a card down that equals the value of the previous card. This is not like Snap where you match a number on display with the same number in your hand. This is achieved by adding or subtracting 1, 2 or 3! For example, if a 7 is played with a ±2 in the corner the answer will be either 5 or 9 (7-2=5 / 7+2=9). This means a player can lay a card with a large yellow 5 or 9 on the face. Basic maths of subtracting or adding 1, 2 or 3.

Setting up to play is very easy. The cards are stored in a handy plastic egg, all you must do is remove the cards then and give them a shuffle. After shuffling the cards, place the top card face up in the centre on the table and deal the remaining cards face down equally between the players. Each player places their cards in a stack, their draw pile. Setting up done, you are now ready to play.

Playing the game is simple. It is a maths game where players must subtract or add 1, 2 or 3 to the card in play. One player shouts, “GO” and players can start to draw a card from their draw pile to form a hand. There is no limit to how many cards you can hold in a hand. Each player then must try and lay a card that equals the value of the card in the centre of the table. This is not a turn taking game, players play simultaneously laying a card as soon as they can find a match and then calling out the large yellow number on the card. Once a player has one card left, they can play it face down on top of the pile regardless of the number on the pile for the win.

Each card has a large yellow number on the face with a smaller number in the corner (green is ±1, blue is ±2 and red is ±3).

Sometimes the value of the card might be greater than 10 or less than 1 (9+3=12) / (1-2=-1) so another rule comes into play called “Playing Around the Corner”. In the case of a value greater than 10, 9+3=12, you simply subtract 10. This gives an answer of 2 so you would lay a card with a large yellow 2 on it. In the case of a minus value, 1-2=-1, you add 10 to give you an answer of 9 (-1+10=9), so you would lay down a card with a large yellow 9 on it.

Overall, 7ate9 is a fast, fun family game that uses basic number and maths skills. Game play is approximately 10 minutes and can be quite frantic at times. But it is lots of fun and a great way for young players to practice simple maths.

This isn’t just about who is the quickest at adding and subtracting simple numbers. Each player also needs to have a card that they can play in their hand. As new cards are being playing all the time, the value you are looking for is constantly changing. It is a game of fast maths skills as well as fast eye and hand speed, observation skills and all needs to be done under pressure.


The cards for the game are supplied in a very handy plastic egg. The plastic egg is eggs-cellent for storing the cards after play has finished and makes it an ideal travel game as well.

This is a fantastic card game with educational value combined with fast fun. Players can practice basic maths skills whilst having quality family time.

A game that is fast, frantic, frenetic fun that helps to improve maths skills, quick thinking and competitiveness.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £12.99

Available to buy from Amazon here.

DISCLOSURE: All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review uses an affiliate link which I may receive a small commission from if you purchase through the link.

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