Playing games is the most interesting and expectant activity in any party or friends gathering time.  What’s more exciting than playing a drinking game with your group? The popularly played drinking game is King’s Cup, but it will be boring if we play a game again and again. Fortunately, King’s Cup is not the only drinking game. Today, Gurugamer.com will introduce an infamous but very exhilarating game to play - Ride The Bus Drinking Game.

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An infamous but very exhilarating game to play - Ride The Bus Drinking Game

Ride The Bus Drinking Game introduction and set up

Ride The Bus Drinking Game is a fun drinking card game that requires a combination of luck and logic to avoid getting wasted completely and becoming the unlucky player to “ride the bus” at the end of the game. This game is suitable for group play from 2 players, but the more the merrier.

To play Ride The Bus Drinking Game, you need to prepare a deck of card and alcohol drink like beer. A player will be the dealer who holds the card deck and randomly shuffles it. All players will form a circle and each should have a cup of beer ready.

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To play Ride The Bus Drinking Game, you need to prepare a deck of card and alcohol drink like beer

Ride The Bus Drinking Game rules

Although Ride The Bus Drinking Game rules sound complicated in writing, this game is very simple to play and you can easily learn how to play Ride The Bus Drinking Game after watching people playing once. Ride The Bus Drinking Game instructions include 3 parts: Deal the cards, build the pyramid, and ride the bus.

Part 1: Deal the cards

This part is divided into 4 rounds with different ways to guess the card:

Round 1

The dealer will draw a card from the shuffled deck and ask other players one by one in clockwise: “red or black?” The asked players must guess the color of the card, and if theỉ answer is wrong, they have to take a sip of beer. This round ends when every player has their first card.

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Ride The Bus Drinking Game instructions: Round 1 - Red or Black

Round 2

Similar to round 1, the dealer will ask and players will guess, and who guesses wrongly must drink the beer. However, in this round the question is “higher or lower?”, and players have to guess whether the dealer’s card is higher or lower than their first card. The Ace is the highest and the 2 is the lowest card. If there are 2 same value cards, the dealer will reshuffle the cards and pick another. After round 2 everyone will have their second card.

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Ride The Bus Drinking Game Round 2: Higher or Lower?

Round 3

Still the same format as round 1 and round 2, but with the question: “In-between or outside?” from the dealer. That means the card drawn by the dealer has the value between or outside the value of the player’s two cards. For example, the player has a 3 and 8, then if the dealer’s card is 6, it is “between”, and a 10 will be “outside”. If the dealt card has the same value as the player’s, the dealer will reshuffle again and pick another card.

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Ride The Bus Drinking Game rules: Who has the wrong guess must drink

Round 4

In the final dealing round, players must guess the suit of the dealt card: Spade, Club, Heart, or Diamond. The wrong guess will be penalized with a drink, and the player that guesses correctly will be rewarded with 5 drinks to distribute to other players. These 5 drinks can be distributed to 5 players, or just be stacked onto 1 player.

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In round 4, players must guess the suit of the dealt card: Spade, Club, Heart or Diamond

Part 2: Build the Pyramid

After the first part of Ride The Bus Drinking Game, each player holds 4 cards. In part 2, the dealer will lay the cards face down to build a pyramid with 5 cards at the base, then 4 cards, then 3, 2, and 1 card on the top. Each row will have a different drink value identified by the group. For example, each card in row 1 equals to 1 drink, row 2 - 2 drinks, row 3 - 3 drinks, row 4 - 4 drinks and the top card in row 5 will equal to 5 drinks.

Starting from the bottom row, a card will be turned over at a time. If a player has a matching card, that player can lay the card onto the pyramid and can ask someone to drink. For example, the first flipped card in the pyramid is a Queen, and you have a Queen, then lay your Queen onto the pyramid and assign a drink to whom you want.

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Ride The Bus Drinking Game Part 2: Build the Pyramid

You can lay multiple same cards at once, but you can also save them in the hopes of getting a matching card in a higher row for more drinks to distribute. But you have to take the risk for this decision because, at the end of part 2, the player with the most cards has to ride the bus.

Part 3: Ride the bus

When all the cards in the pyramid are turned over and final drinks have been taken, players will count their remained cards. The one who has the most card left is the loser and this player must face the ultimate sacrifice – ride the bus. In case that there are two players with the same number of cards, the loser is whoever has the highest value card.

The one who “ride the bus” must now correctly answer all 4 questions at part 1 IN A ROW, including: “Red or Black?”, “Higher or Lower?”, “In-between or Outside?”, and “Guess the suit”. If the player has the wrong guess in any question, he/she must drink and start again from the first question. The game will continue until he/she has all 4 correct answers in succession, or the entire deck is used.

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The one who “ride the bus” must now correctly answer all 4 questions at part 1 in a row

Ride The Bus Drinking Game is a stimulating game to play with your friends, but you can also play Ride The Bus Drinking Game online or download Ride The Bus Drinking Game app to play on your phone.

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