Palace was the most popular study hall / cafeteria card game in my high school growing up in the 90's. According to Wikipedia it's also popular amongst backpackers, and as a result is widespread.

This version of palace is two player, you versus computer. There are eight different computer characters you can play against, each with slightly different playing styles.


1. Tap on cards to select/deselect. You can select one or more cards of the same kind. Click on the discard pile or use swipe gesture to discard selected cards.
2. Use the Undo button (top right of screen) to undo last move if you make a mistake.
3. Turn screen sideways to make view wider when you have a lot of cards in your hand.

Basic Rules:

Each player is dealt 3 'face down cards'. You are not allowed to see or change these until the end of the game. Next, 3 'face up cards' are placed on top. Finally, each player is dealt 3 cards to form their hand. If you wish, you can switch cards from your 'hand' with your 'face up cards'.";

Whoever has a 3 or the next lowest card starts the game.

Each turn you must discard a card (or two or more cards of the same) greater than or equal to the one at the top of the pick up pile, then draw cards from the deck so you have at least 3 cards in your hand (unless the deck has run out of cards or you already have 3 or more cards in you hand).

2's and 10's are wild cards. 2's resets the pile and 10's clear the pile. 4 of a kind, like a 10, clears the pile.

If don't have a card that is greater than or equal to the card on top of the pile or a wild card, you must pick up the entire pile.

When there are no more cards in your hand, and the deck is empty, proceed to play your face up cards. Once all of the face up cards have been played, play the face down cards.

If you are the first to get rid of all your cards you win.

What’s New

Version 2.0.2

Minor update. Bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

JennaAHH ,

Addicting but buggy

Definitely the best version of Palace with the rules as I’ve always known them. However I’ve gotten stuck in a loop with the computer players multiple times going back and forth and had to start a new game. Also when you have a lot of cards in your hard, it’s impossible to pick the ones you want as they are all on top of each other. It does get stuck and goes slow at times too. Could use an update.

no tech girl ,

Tired of not finishing game

It just cuts off and other side wins . No matter how many cards are still playing. It moves too fast when you have a lot of cards. If you have 4 it won’t let you get them without being reaaaaly careful and do it over and over til maybe u get 4.
This could be a good quick game but too many bugs. So fix it, please

Also so tired of playing experienced player and getting 1 wild card. This game needs work. It still cuts off game when playing and gives game to robot .also you don’t know how many cards are cleared when playing a 10. So many things you could fix and make a great game out of this.

Lilrapnik ,

Remove mandatory card sacrificing

The game is fine, but if I play and ace and then draw another ace I don’t always wanna discard it. Same goes for any card. Don’t make it mandatory to disguard a card if you draw one that you played.
Furthermore, make it optional to play a 10,2, or Ace if you don’t have anything else. Sometimes it makes more sense strategically to pick up the pile even if you have an Ace, or a 10, instead of playing that special card at that time.


60.2 MB

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling


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