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Hera and Zeus

English language edition

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Product Awards:  
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2001

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 40 minutes 2

Designer(s): Richard Borg

Manufacturer(s): Kosmos, Rio Grande Games

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Product Description

When Gods feud, the earth quakes! Zeus, the father of the Gods, and his wife Hera often disagreed on matters both earthly and olympic. Eventually, the disagreement became a full-fledged feud with both Zeus and Hera calling upon the other Gods from Olympus and mortals from earth to support him or her against the other. Cyclops, Amazon, Medusa, Hydra, Pegasus, and others joined the feud. The players take the roles of Hera and Zeus and use strategy and cunning to pit their allies against the allies of the other. It is winner take all for control of Olympus!

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2001

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Richard Borg

  • Manufacturer(s): Kosmos, Rio Grande Games

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 2000

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 40 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 346 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #32

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


  • 86 cards
  • 1 Zeus figure
  • 1 Hera figure
  • 2 summary cards
  • 1 rule booklet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 34 reviews

Easy to learn, difficult to master.
April 19, 2007

If you like fair games that rely more on skill than on luck, this is the game for you! Both players have equivalent decks, so winning has to do more with playing your cards right, and at times, some calculated bluffing! Learning the game is pretty easy, it is just a matter of memorizing what each card does and playing the game a couple of times. For those of you who don't like games that rely on memorizing card functions, fear not! There is a handy cheat-sheet for you to refer to in-game.

My long-term fascination with the game has to do with how a seemingly simple game can draw upon so many modes of strategy to become truly proficient in playing it. It is possible to have an incredibly strong first hand, and blow the game, or an incredibly weak hand and win it all. It is all to do with who you're playing, and how well you can skill your way through. Are you ready for the fun and up to the challenge?

Tons of replay value
November 22, 2005
After playing a couple of times, I thought the game would lose its freshness and I'd tire of it in short order. 70+ games later, and I have to say I still enjoy it. The interplay between strategy and luck makes the game always interesting. I do not find that one victory condition predominates significantly, and altering your strategy can easily influence the way in which the game is won or lost. This makes for moments when your strategy must shift midgame, and identifying that point is key for victory.
Everyone's favorite
December 04, 2003

I have played this at least least 20 times now, and watched 20 more. This game is MUCH better than other highly regarded 2-player games such as Kahuna and Balloon Cup, in that each player's actions really affect the other player in a way that they have to respond to (like say Chess). In Balloon Cup / Kahuna, you can only really do what you have cards for, and what the other guy does pretty much doesn't change what you're going to do, at least not in a very interesting way. With Hera and Zeus, the interaction between players is just much more interesting.

I introduced Hera And Zeus to many people, all of whom loved it. Well, everyone except my dad, who I've realized is old enough to not be motivated to learn anything more complicated than Scrabble or Chess. Hera And Zeus seems complicated when you read the rules, but it's really not. I was beat multiple times by a 9 year old girl.

I took a whole bunch of games to an extended family vacation (including many on the all-time classics lists), and after learning this, it was pretty much in constant play for an entire week. There's enough luck that the better player won't always win, but there definitely is enough strategy and tactics such that if you discover them (it took me losing 5 games straight to start discovering them), you will be rewarded for doing so. And most importantly, it's fun whether you win or lose. And interestingly, it's sometimes kind of hard to tell who's winning or losing. A real interesting aspect of the game is that you have to really shift your strategy if the game gets past a certain point. I won't say how, because it took me about ten games to figure it out, and it was fun deducing the strategy shift, so I don't want to spoil it for others.

In response to someone else's comment in their review that, 'The Cards Zeus and Hera are uselees cards. Playing that card can be countered with a strategie that always wins': This is completely false. It's true that the card is easily countered, but that reviewer clearly hasn't played enough to discover the true value of the cards. They're DEFENSIVE cards, to be saved when you're about to lose, kind of like the abort button in Lunar Lander (coin-op--showing my age a bit). Normally you get the number of actions based on non-empty columns (3 if all columns are full), but if you're down to one column, you're basically almost dead, since you can't place and attack in one turn, but playing Hera/Zeus means that you get FOUR actions, which gives you a REALLY GOOD chance of getting AND placing decent cards to hold an extra column. This often is enough to stave off immenent destruction, and sometimes enough to turn the tide. In fact, they're so important that we tried various house rules such as allowing a player to force their Hera/Zeus card into their starting 9 cards.

So anyway, the reason that I got around to writing this, is that I just got an email from my brother saying, 'Hey, so where can I get that Hera And Zeus game?' Nuff said. :-)

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