The Ride the Bus Drinking Game is a fairly complex card game that’s actually a mash of a few other games. It’s very similar to other games like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. This game works with any number of players. It opens with the dealer asking questions about what the next cards dealt will be and wrong guesses result in drinks. At the end everyone uses their cards to assign drinks to other players if they come up in the pyramid. Then the player with the most cards gets to Ride the Bus.
What You’ll Need
A full deck of cards and ample amounts of alcohol.
Ride the Bus Drinking Game Rules
First things first. One player needs to be the dealer in this game. They will be doing the least drinking so it’s a good roll for a DD or anyone who’s taking it easy for the night. The dealers job is to deal out cards and ask the players questions about what the next card will be.
For the first round everyone is dealt a card and asked if it will be red or black. If they’re correct they give a drink otherwise they take a drink.
For the second round everyone is dealt another card and asked if it will be higher or lower than the previous card. If they’re right they assign 2 drinks otherwise they drink twice.
For the third round everyone is dealt another card and asked if it will be inside (between the numbers of their other two cards) or outside (outside of the numbers of their other cards). If they’re right they assign 3 drinks otherwise they drink 3 times.
For the fourth and final guessing round everyone is dealt another card and asked which suit it will be. If they’re right they assign 4 drinks otherwise they drink 4 times.
Nows the interesting part. The dealer lays out 15 cards face down in a pyramid shape. (bottom row has 5 cards, next has 4, all the way to 1).
Now the dealer slowly flips cards from the bottom row, once that row is finished they move up a row all the way until they reach the top.
Whenever a card is flipped if anyone has a matching card gets to give it to another player. That player drinks equal to which row they are on. (bottom row is 1 each, next row is 2 each, etc…).
When that row is completed and the final card worth 5 drinks is flipped then everyone needs to count how many cards they have. Whoever has the most is the unlucky soul who must now ride the bus.
Lay down 6 cards face down. The loser must flip them all without getting face cards. If they can do this they finish the game. Otherwise they must do something based on what they flipped.
- Jack – Drink 1 and add 1 card to the row.
- Queen – Drink 2 and add 2 cards to the row.
- King – Drink 3 and add 3 cards to the row.
Seeing as how the Ride the Bus drinking game actually mashes together 3 pretty intense games into one it should go without saying that it can lead to a lot of alcohol consumption. Make sure you have a safe ride home and please drink responsibly.