Take 5*

6 nimmt!, also known as Take 5, Category 5 and other names, is a card game focused on scoring as few points as possible. It combines elements of strategy, prediction, and a bit of luck.

Gameplay Overview

  • Objective: Accumulate the fewest points.
  • Setup:
    • Shuffle the 104 number cards.
    • Lay out four cards face-up to start four rows.
    • Deal ten cards to each player.
  • Gameplay:
    • Each turn, players simultaneously choose and reveal a card from their hand.
    • Cards are added to the rows in ascending numerical order.
    • Placement Rule: Each card is placed in the row ending with the highest number below the card's number.
    • When the sixth card is placed in a row, the player who placed that card claims the other five cards. The sixth card starts a new row.
  • Scoring:
    • Each card has a point value.
    • The game continues for ten rounds, after which players tally their scores.
    • The game ends when a player's score exceeds a set limit (e.g., more than 74 in Category 5 or 66 in 6 nimmt!).
    • The player with the fewest points wins.
  • Player Count: Works with 2-10 players, with dynamics changing based on the number of players.
  • Variants:
    • Use a reduced number of cards (e.g., 34, 44, 54, etc.) based on the number of players. This variant allows players to know which cards are in play and strategize accordingly.


6 nimmt! is a versatile and engaging game that is easy to learn but offers deep strategic possibilities. The game's unique card placement mechanic requires players to predict opponents' moves and manage their hand effectively to avoid point accumulation. Its scalability for different group sizes and the option for a more strategic variant make it suitable for various settings and player preferences. Overall, 6 nimmt! is a compelling game for those who enjoy light strategy and a bit of unpredictability in their gameplay.

Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

  • 2 - 10 Players
  • 45 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Immediately playable

We like Take 5 so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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