You’ve got crabs is a team-based party game from the creators of exploding kittens and the oatmeal. Try to collect four of the same card before any of the other teams, then pass a secret signal to your teammate. If your partner sees your signal and yells, “you’ve got crabs, ” you gain a point. If an opponent sees your signal and yells, “you’ve got crabs, ” you lose a point. The team with the most points wins the game. This game is great for parties, or weddings, or long nautical voyages.
Form teams of two players each (max of 5 teams). Each team meets privately to come up with a non vocal signal to indicate when either teammate collects 4 of the same Crab Card.
Each player will get a hand of 4 cards.
One side plays at a time. On a side’s turn, all players on that side can simultaneously swap any card from their hand with a card from the middle of the table (The Ocean).
When you have 4 of the same Crab Card, you can’t say anything out loud. Instead, when you’re ready, give your secret signal to your teammate. When they notice, they will point at you and shout, ‘YOU’VE GOT CRABS!’
If they’re right, your team gets a point. If they’re wrong, your team loses a point.
However if a player on another team suspects you’re passing a signal, they can point and shout, ‘YOU’VE GOT CRABS!’
If they are correct, they steal one of your points. If they are incorrect, steal a Crab Token from the accusing player.
The game is over when the last Crab Token has been taken from the Crab Pot. At that point, all teams should count up their combined Crab Tokens. The team with the most Crab Tokens wins.