Cells Teaming Up

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In this game, played similarly to rummy, players try to get to the “heart of the tissue” by collecting cell cards that help them claim tissues, and then collect the four tissue types to claim the organ, a heart.


Print two copies of the Part-Part-Heart card masters per pair of students, and cut into identically sized cards.

Object of the Game

Each player tries to claim the heart card by being the first to collect 4 unique sets of 3 cell cards spelling “TI-SS-UE.”


To play, each player lays 4 “tissue” cards and one “heart” card in front of them. Each player gets 5 random cell cards. The remaining cards are the “stock” and are placed face down on the table. The top card is turned over and placed face up to start the discard pile.

The Play

The first player adds a card to their hand from the top of the stock or discard piles to add to the player’s hand. They may also lay down on the table, face up, any matched set, adding the corresponding tissue card to the top of the set. If there is no set to place down, the player discards one card, face up, onto the discard pile. When the stock pile is empty, the next player may flip the discard pile over (without shuffling it.) The Stem Cell cards are wild, so they can be used to replace any other cell card (corresponding to any tissue and in place of TI/SS/UE)


When a player finds sets to match all four of the Tissue cards, the player may claim the Heart card and win the game.







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