How to play Iota

How to play Iota Game Rules is explained in simple steps. Get your game started quickly.


Players: 2 to 4 | Game duration from: 30 mins | Game Complexity: EASY How to play Iota rules in simple steps Iota rules pdf / rulebook

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Iota Game Rules FAQs


  • What is the game Iota?

    Iota is a card game where a starting card is placed on the table, and players take turns to add cards to cards in the play area. Before cards can be added,  the card properties must fulfil certain rules. You score points based on the card line you created or extended.

  • What makes up a line in Iota?

    A line is made up of 2, 3 or 4 cards straight in a row or column, and each individual property (color, shape and number) is the same on each card or different on each card.

  • What is a Lot in Iota?

    A 4 card line in Iota is called a LOT. Creating one doubles your score for the turn.

  • How do you score in Iota?

    After each turn, sum up the card face values in each line created or extended on your turn. Count twice for cards that are part of 2 lines. Double points for each completed Lot and double again if you play all 4 of your cards.

Iota Card Game Setup

  • Get a pencil and paper for scoring
  • Shuffle and deal 4 cards face down to each player. Players can look at their own cards.
  • The remaining cards form a face-down draw pile. 
  • Form the starter card by placing the top card face up in the center of the playing area

How to play Iota card game in simple steps. The teeniest person or a randomly selected person starts the game. Play moves to the left.

Total Time: 30 minutes

Take action on your turn

On your turn, take one of the following actions: Add cards or Pass and Trade.

Add Cards

Add 1,2,3 or 4 cards in a single line, connecting to any card(s) already in play. 
Record your score and then re-fill your hand to 4 cards. View the guidelines for adding cards.

Pass and Trade

Pass and trade some, all or none of your cards back to the bottom of the draw pile and take new ones.

Scoring

After each turn, sum up the card face values in each line created or extended on your turn. Count twice for cards that are part of 2 lines.
Doubling points
For each lot that you complete, double your points. 
Double again if you play all 4 of your cards on one turn.

Guidelines for adding cards in Iota

  • When playing a card, you must connect it in a single straight line, and at least one must connect to the grid.
  • You may also create or extend additional lines
  • You may create or extend a line by adding cards to both ends of it
  • For each line, all cards must either be all the same or all different in each individual property: color, shape, and number.
  • Cards may be played in any sequence
Iota 1

Wild Card

A Wild card substitutes for any other card and has a face value of 0 points. You may replace a Wild card in play before your turn by exchanging it with a card from your hand that fits any line(s) it is part of. You may then replay it on any turn. You do not have
to name a Wild card when you play it but it must represent the same card if part
of two lines .

Creating a LOT

Iota 2

A 4 card line is called a LOT. Creating one doubles your score for the turn.
There is a maximum of four cards per line. A gap is not a line, and some spaces on the grid cannot be filled.

Example of LOTS

Iota 3

Color property: same on each card.
Shape property: different on each card
Number property: same on each card

Iota 4

Color property: same on each card.
Shape property: same on each card
Number property: different on each card

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