Winning Moves Canasta Caliente for ages 8 and up along with 2-6 players. Canasta I burst onto the scene in 1950 and created the biggest card game craze ever hit the country. Millions were (and are) captivated by the tantalizing twist of this great game and its romantic South American origin. The Gameplay is authentic. Your partnership aims to score 5000 points by laying down to the cards and adding to them. Claiming the prize pile can make your point totals soar.