Phase 10

App review by
Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Faithful translation of the classic rummy-type card game.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Phase 10 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The app has an extensive help section to teach the game, but once the basic rules are understood it is not difficult to play. You can play against up to three computer opponents with three difficulty settings. There is an easily accessible screen showing the various phases of the game. However, the controls can be finicky; it's easy to discard the wrong card if you're not careful.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The app is based on the Phase 10 card game, and the logo appears throughout the game. Also, there is a link to more games from the developer on the main page as well as a link to their website on the About page.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the character avatars is pictured with a cigar in his mouth. The avatars are still images, not animated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Phase 10 is a single-player digital version of the Phase 10 card game. The app has one character avatar who is shown with a cigar in his mouth but there aren't any other references to smoking or anything else questionable. The app requires some logic and planning but is not otherwise educational. Players can opt to join the Magmic community to track scores and achievements.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGeorgiesmom November 28, 2020

It sucks

They cheat in this game. I don't know how, but they do. This app needs to be redone.
Adult Written bySlayton1992 November 1, 2020
They cheat some how some way they cheat in this game
Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck March 21, 2011

Great card game ported well to iDevices.

While there is no multiplayer, it is still one of the best family games for iPhone and iPod.

What's it about?

PHASE 10 is an app-adaption of a card game, similar to Rummy. Players are assigned a phase to complete -- like creating a run of seven cards -- and take turns drawing and discarding to complete the assigned phase. While kids are noticing numbers and colors, the game is based more on luck of the draw than on learning. Detailed written instructions are available in the help section, and much of the game play happens automatically. Kids will tap to draw and discard as well as move cards into completed phases.

Is it any good?

Phase 10 is a great family card game, and the app is an accurate translation of the game. The game consists of creating certain melds (for example, two sets of 3 or a run of 8) during each round of play. Each player must work through all 10 phases on their own -- if somebody goes out before you reach a phase, you continue working on the same phase again the next round. The first player to finish 10 phases wins, with scores as a tie-breaker. The game is well-designed with a variety of options that can be adjusted, like table talk and card speed. Players can earn a lot of different achievements, which keeps the game exciting even though it's for one player. Multiplayer support would make an excellent addition but is not currently supported.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the long tradition of card games. Why do people like to play cards with each other? Is it it the competition, or the camaraderie? 

  • Start a family game night. You can switch off between games your family knows well and new games that everyone can learn together. 

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