Hearts is a card game for four players, where the goal is to get as few points as possible over several rounds. It is played with regular cards without jokers.
Each player receives 13 cards, which are then passed according to the following rules:
The player holding the 2 of clubs leads first, and must play this card. Each player after the lead must follow suit if he can. If he can't, he may play any card he wants.
A player wins a trick when he plays the highest card of the suit that is led. The winner of the trick leads the next.
No player can play a Heart card or the Queen of Spades on the first trick, even if you don’t have any Clubs. A player can't lead with a heart until a heart has been "broken," or played in the game. Hearts are broken when a player lacks a card in the suit that has been led, so he throws down a heart instead.
After all the cards have been played, players count up their tricks. Each player receives a penalty point for each heart card they have. The player who ends up with the queen of spades gets 13 points.
Shooting the Moon can be achieved by collecting all the hearts and the Queen of Spades causing all opponents to take 26 points.
The game ends when a player has at least 100 points, and the winner is then the player with the fewest points. If two players have the lowest number of points, the game is tied.
When you win a match, you are assigned a rating based on how big a difference there is between your own and your opponents' rating. If you win over an opponent with a high rating, you get more than if you win over an opponent with a low rating. Your opponents lose a corresponding rating, and vice versa if you lose. The game will, as far as possible, try to match you with opponents with a similar rating. You can't sit on a high rating for long. If you haven't played for a few days, your rating will automatically start to drop.
You get tokens for winning matches. A win in a rated match gives 25,000 tokens, a win over friends gives 10,000 tokens and a training win gives 5,000 tokens.
In the game's shop you can buy hearts of gold, which can be used to buy new card sets, card back, frames, game backgrounds and tables.