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Store:  Card Games, Family Games
Edition:  High Society
Genre:  Auction & Bidding
Format:  Card Games

High Society!

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Manufacturer(s): Uberplay Entertainment

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Product Description

Congratulations! You sold your startup company months before the big crash. Who would have guessed that selling freeze-dried strawberries over the Internet would have been worth millions and millions of dollars?

After acquiring your new wealth, you now face the enviable challenge of becoming the wealthiest and most admired tycoon of them all.

In this day and age of mansions, technology, and extravagant luxuries, there are so many choices of where to spend your money. But if you are wise in your affairs, you may emerge the ultimate winner in the game of High Society!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Card Game Nominee, 2005
Deutscher Spiele Preis
10th place, 1995

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Manufacturer(s): Uberplay Entertainment

  • Artist(s): Alvin Madden

  • Year: 2003

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 30 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 309 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 55 Money Cards of varying denominations in 5 different colors (11 cards per color)
  • 16 Status Cards which include:
    • 10 Luxury Possession Cards
    • 3 Recognition Cards
    • 3 Misfortune Cards
  • 1 Full-color Rule Booklet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 5 reviews

by Rick
Quite a surprise!
January 09, 2004

I am the harshest critic of board games. I love board games, in general, but most of them tend to be only so-so. I find that even the games on this site which are highly rated by players are all-too-often not nearly as good as their ratings would suggest.

So, its quite a surprise when I do find a game that lives up to its ratings. Medici and Pizzaro are such games. Add High Society to the list. I generally enjoy more complicated games, this one is quite simple and despite the fact that it looks a bit silly, its great fun.

I can only recommend very few games, and this is definitely one of them.

by J Berry
Engaging quickie
October 22, 2003

High Society entertains, torments and finishes in under 20 minutes. An upper crust fun/time ratio.

The game is easy to learn and non-gamers can be competitive right away. The auction portion inspires much humorous taunting, while torturing both sides of a player's brain. How much is the item worth obtaining (or worth avoiding) in context with your financial situation, the other players' holdings and tendencies, and the items remaining? You may never know, but it's sure fun justifying (and then lamenting) your decisions along the way.

Save your money? The game might end quickly. Spend your money? You may watch 8 more items go into undeserving hands for bourgeois prices.

If bidding escalates every time, you can't just sit back and sneer at oy, such ridiculous prices, because only one of those free-spenders will lose at the end of the game. And second-to-last just doesn't cut it. Therein, the game's elegance and charm. You want bargains, but you can't be miserly. You can't not HAVE stuff. High society forbids.

And how do you handle the negative cards? You've blown half your wad on the 10, and now the thief arrives. Keep him at bay, and you'll sit on your hands for the next 10 cards and still have the lowest cash.

Three to five players can play. I think it's enjoyable with 3, but I like how the intensity increases with more people. More competitors competing for limited resources.

I love the art work on the cards; they evoke the simultaneous lightheartedness and covetous competition of the game itself.

Great game for the price.

Another Knizia Gem!
October 12, 2003

I just recieved my copy of High Society from the new game company Uberplay and I am very impressed with their quality and design. Keep it up!

The game has 16 thick tile 'cards' that form possession cards and can either effect your score positively or negatively. All players are given a set of money cards that are all equal in value. You then start bidding on the shuffled possession cards.

Now, there are a couple of Knizia-esque game mechanics. First, there are 4 cards that have red borders. Once the last red card is turned over, the game is over - you never know exactly when the game will end! Also, at the end of the game, the person with the LEAST amount of money automatically loses so you can't spend all of your money to get the most valuable possessions.

Very fast moving play, lots of agonizing decisions and great strategy makes this game a must buy for anyone who loves nice Knizia card games!

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