The game contains 81 cards, each having 4 properties, each property
may have one of three values:
- Symbols: Each card has symbols of one kind on it: rectangle,
ellipse or wave
- Count: Each card has 1, 2 or 3 of these symbols
- Color: The symbols may be red, green or blue
- Fill: The symbols can be unfilled, semifilled or filled
The goal of the game is to find sets. A set contains 3
cards where each property is the same for all 3 cards or
different, e.g. 3 cards can form a set if the symbol is
different on all cards (rectangle, ellipse, wave), the
count is the same (all have 2 symbols), the color is the
same (all are green) and the fill is different (one is
unfilled, one semifilled and one full).
- Standard: Find sets in 12 cards. If 3 cards form a set,
click on them to highlight them. If three cards are highlighted
and form a set, they will be removed (and you'll get some
score points), if they don't form a set you get penalty points.
If the cards shown on the table don't form any set you can press
the Add cards button. If there were undetected sets, you
will get penalty points and no new cards will be added.
The last card added to the table may be flipped (option), so you
just see the back. If it is included in a set then you have to select
it and remove it in the same way as normal sets. Press the
add cards button when you have found all the sets,
this will end the game and display your score.
PS: the score will be negative because the time that you needed
results also in penalty points.
- Verify Set: This is a training mode to become
faster classifying sets and to learn which card properties
lead you to wrong classifications.
The machine shows you 100 combinations
of 3 cards and you have to decide as fast as possible if they
form a set or not. You can therefore use the buttons below
the cards (which is slow) or click the cards (faster): A click with
the left mouse button verifies the set, a click with the
right button markes the cards as nonset. After the last
cards a statistics over the results is shown.
- Network Set: If you have access to a set game server,
you can play the game online against other users. In this mode
you can take seat at on game table and play. The application
also contains some primitive chat message system to communicate.
The rules are completely the same as for the standard game mode,
but the additional features need some explanation:
The points mentioned above describe the intended behaviour of
the application. But since the error handling in both applications
is poor, failures may occur frequently.
- Firstly you have to connect to a server. Therefore enter
your username and password. Some servers operate in public
mode (you can connect with every username and password, as
long as no other user has the same name), others only allow
access to registered users.
- Then you may want to create a new table or take a seat
at an existing one. Now you can take part in the chat or watch
- If you want to take part in the game, you have to announce
that you are waiting for a game to start: Press the wait
button. If you do that during a currently running game, then
you will have to wait automatically until the game finished.
- After the current game has finished and enough players
are waiting for the game, you (or some other player) may
start the game: This makes all the waiting players to active
players and starts the game.
- When this game has also ended, you will see the resuls.
You will stay in the group of waiting users for the next game.
If you don't want to take part in the next game, you may
log off, switch to another table or leave the game. If you
leave the game, you can watch, talk but are not allowed to play.