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Official Spot It! Rules

Spot It! is a fast-paced and visually engaging card game where players compete to find matching symbols between two or more cards. Here's a breakdown of the rules:


Be the first player to spot and call out the matching symbol between the center card and any card in your hand (or another player's hand in some variations). Depending on the specific mini-game being played, you might collect cards, discard them, or take other actions.

Number of Players: 2-8 players


  • Deck of Spot It! cards: These cards contain a variety of colorful symbols, with each symbol appearing on exactly two cards in the deck.


1. Shuffle the deck of "Spot it!" cards and deal one card face-down to each player.

2. Place the remaining deck of cards face-down in the center of the playing area to form the draw pile.


1. Flip the center card: Reveal the top card of the deck and place it face up in the center of the playing area. This is the center card.

2. Spot it!: All players simultaneously scan their own hand of cards and the center card, looking for the matching symbol.

3. Call it out: The first player to spot the matching symbol between the center card and a card in their hand (or another player's hand in some variations) shouts out the name of the symbol.

4. Depending on the mini-game:

  • Classic Spot It!: If you called out the match correctly, you might discard the matching card from your hand or take the center card as a point.

  • Other variations: There are many variations of Spot It! with different actions based on who spots the match first. You might collect sets of cards, swap cards with other players, or discard cards. Refer to the specific instructions for the mini-game you're playing.

5. Draw a new card: The player who spotted the match (or whoever's turn it is depending on the variation) draws a new card from the deck to refill their hand to the starting number.

6. Continue playing: Flip a new card face up to be the center card and continue playing until there are no more cards left in the draw pile, or until a pre-determined end condition is met (depending on the mini-game).

Winning the Game

  • Classic Spot It!: The winner is the player with the most collected cards at the end of the game.

  • Other variations: The winning condition can vary depending on the specific mini-game being played. It might involve collecting a certain number of sets of cards, having the fewest cards remaining in your hand at the end, or fulfilling another objective outlined in the mini-game rules.


  • There are many different variations of Spot It! available, each with its own unique mini-games and winning conditions. Be sure to check the instructions for the specific version you have.

  • Spot It! is a great game for all ages and requires quick thinking and good observation skills.

  • The small size and portability of the deck make Spot It! a perfect travel game or a fun activity for short bursts of entertainment.

Remember, "Spot it!" is a game of speed and observation, so stay focused and be ready to spot those matching symbols quickly!

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