The Great Pyramid (Windows)

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The Great Pyramid is an Ancient Egypt-themed card game, similar to the card game President. There are five players, the Slave, the Soldier, the Scribe, the Prince and the Pharaoh; four players are controlled by the computer, one by the human player. The deck contains 75 cards in six colors, with 12 cards per color (1 to 9, Jack, Queen and King) and additional three cards, the "Gods", similar to jokers. At the beginning every player receives 15 cards. The goal for every player is to get rid of his cards as quick as possible.

At the beginning of the game, the Slave must give the Pharaoh two of his best cards; in exchange the Pharaoh chooses any two cards from his hand to give to the Slave. Similarly, the Soldier must give the Prince his best card and receive one card in return.

The Pharaoh then goes first. He can play from one to four cards of the same value. Subsequent players around the table must play the same number of cards, of a higher value. For example, if the Pharaoh plays three 4's, the player next to him must play three 5's or three 6's, or three 7's, etc. The cards played this way disappear from the player's hand. A player can "pass" if he can't, or doesn't want to, play any cards. The "God" is a special card: its value is the highest, so no player can play any cards after the "God"; and a single "God" can be played even if there have been two or more cards played. Once all five players have played their cards or passed the turn, the player who played the highest-valued card begins the next turn.

After all players have emptied their hands, they are ranked according to the order in which they managed to do so. The player who emptied his hand first becomes the Pharaoh, the second player becomes the Prince, etc. The cards are redistributed, and a new match begins. To win the game, the player must stay a Pharaoh for six consecutive matches in order to complete his "Great Pyramid", but any interruption of this winning streak forces him to start anew.

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The Great Pyramid Windows Beginning of the game. Exchanging two cards with the Slave in return for two of his best cards.
The Great Pyramid Windows The help file contains detailed information about the rules.
The Great Pyramid Windows I need to somehow beat Three Queens. The only choices are to play a God, or pass.
The Great Pyramid Windows Start menu. In the shareware version the higher AI skill levels are unavailable.

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JudgeDeadd (19698) added The Great Pyramid (Windows) on Sep 25, 2015