SCOUT is an innovative card game that blends elements of hand management and ladder-climbing mechanics. The unique twist in this game is the dual-indexed cards and the restriction on rearranging your hand, creating a challenging and strategic gameplay experience.

Game Overview:

  • Theme: Abstract card game with a focus on hand management and strategic play.
  • Objective: To score the most points by playing high-value sets of cards and emptying your hand.

Gameplay Mechanics:

  • Dual-Indexed Cards: Each card has two values, one on each end, with all combinations of numbers 1-10 present in the deck.
  • Fixed Hand Order: Players cannot rearrange their hand after picking it up; they can only rotate the entire hand to use the alternate values of the cards.
  • Playing Sets: Players play sets of cards to the table, either matching values or in consecutive order. Sets must outrank the current set on the table to be played.
  • Scout Action: Players can add a card from the current high set on the table to their hand, placing it anywhere they choose. This action rewards the player who played the set.


  • Careful planning of when and how to play card sets to outmatch opponents.
  • Optimal use of the Scout action to improve your hand and disrupt opponents' plans.
  • Balancing the risk and reward of playing high-value sets against the potential of being scouted.

Player Interaction:

  • Direct competition with each set played, as players try to outdo the current high set.
  • Strategic use of the Scout action to either aid your own hand or prevent an opponent from going out.


  • High replay value due to the randomness of the card order and orientation, and the dynamic nature of the gameplay.
  • Each game presents new challenges and requires players to adapt their strategies based on their hand and opponents' actions.


SCOUT is a card game that will appeal to players who enjoy strategic decision-making and hand management challenges. The unique mechanics of fixed hand order and dual-indexed cards offer a fresh take on the ladder-climbing genre, making each game a new puzzle to solve. The game's simplicity in rules, combined with deep strategic potential, makes it accessible yet engaging for a wide range of players.

Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2022

🔥 Deal: 15% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 15 Minutes
  • 9+ years old
  • Immediately playable

We like SCOUT so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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