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Store:  Editor's Pick Card Games, Family Games, Card Games
Edition:  Wizard
Series:  Wizard
Genre:  Trick-Taking
Format:  Card Games
Other:  Games for Non-gamers


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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45 minutes 3-6

Designer(s): Ken Fisher

Publisher(s): US Games Systems

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Product Description

The rules are simple and easy to learn... but mastering the strategy is the real challenge.

One card is dealt to each player on the first round, two cards on the second, and so on. Players bid the number of tricks they think they will win.

Make the exact number of tricks bid and you win points; too many or too few tricks and you lose points. The Wizard and Jester cards add a wild element to the strategy.

Wizard is pure fun, challenging, baffling and simply habit forming. Wizard is quickly becoming the most popular card game of the decade.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Ken Fisher

  • Publisher(s): US Games Systems

  • Year: 1995

  • Players: 3 - 6

  • Time: 45 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 183 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #32

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 4 reviews

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by Joe Pastuzyn
A Great Card Game
February 27, 2009

Our family has been playing games for many years, tracking the games played, scores, winners, etc. By far our favorite game is this one. The game teaches young children a lot about bidding and trick taking and over time our children have become very adept at counting cards and keeping track of tricks. We have consistently shown that the person who goes down the least very nearly always wins the game. Accurate bidding and planning for trick taking is key. Once the other players know that, though, they can foil your plans. When our family needs to reach for a game we can all agree upon, this is the one we choose.

A Poor Variant on
December 12, 2008

Let me qualify this review: Wizard is a great deal of fun to play. However, it is basically a variant of "Oh Hell," which can be played with a standard 52 card deck. Changes from a fairly common "Oh Hell" variant appear to consist of an alternate scoring system and the addition of special "Wizard" cards, which are always trump. My card-playing friends and I quickly came to the consensus that these variants both made the game take longer to learn and made playing the game less interesting. Save yourself the money and look up "Oh Hell" instead.

Once you play, you're hooked for life
April 24, 2005
My husband and I picked up this game on our honeymoon 14 years ago in Canada. Since then we have introduced all of our friends to this amazing game. It's sort of a cross between eucure and spades, where you bid on the tricks you THINK you have in your hand. The real challange is trying to be accurate! The game has many twists and turns depending on the card laid. The rules are simple, but mastering the game takes a lifetime. I highly reccomend giving it a try. It's easy enough for my kids, yet challanging enough to keep even the hard core card player happy. Once you play, you're hooked for life.

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