As in its parent game Cockroach Poker, Cockroach Poker Royal has nothing to do with poker – except that the game is all about
bluffing, but with cards showing cockroaches, rats and stink bugs
instead of queens, 10s and aces. To set up the game, shuffle the deck
and deal the cards out to players. On a turn, a player takes one card
from his hand, lays it face down on the table, slides it to a player of
his choice, and declares a type of critter, e.g., "Stink bug". The
player receiving the card either:
- Accepts the card, says either "true" or
"false", then reveals the card. If this player is wrong in her claim,
she keeps the card on the table in front of her face up; if she is
right, the player who gave her the card places it face up before him.
- Passes the card to another player, peeking at
it first, then keeping it face-down and either saying the original type
of critter or saying a new type. This new player again has the choice of
accepting the card or passing it, unless the card has already been seen
by all other players in which case the player must accept it and make a
The game ends when a player has no cards to pass on his turn or when a
player has four cards of the same critter on the table in front of him.
In either case, this player loses and everyone else wins.
To this, Cockroach Poker Royal adds new rules and new nasty "royal" critters to create more options for players during the game.