Players use card drafting and simultaneous action selection to score points while interfering with other players' ability to do so. The game consists of four rounds. In each of them, players are dealt five cards. They simultaneously select one each and pass the remainder, repeating until done. Then, they start playing cards simultaneously, playing three and discarding two. When the cards are revealed after each selection, card abilities turn other cards face-up or face-down. At the end of the four rounds there are 12 cards in front of each player. The players each score based on their face-up cards.
In Fairy Tale players will be dealt an initial hand of cards. They will then chose one and pass the rest of the cards to another player. This continues until all the cards have been kept. Then players begin playing the cards they have selected. The cards played will grant points, or will cause players to flip a card over, making it useless. This happens for a few rounds.
Players have to carefully consider which card they want, and which they are willing to give up, possibly never to see again. Not all the cards in the deck will be dealt so there is always a level of uncertainty with what will be available each round. It's a fast, fun, light game.