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Posted: 10 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior and @GeekDadGamer.


High Society is a push-your-luck game where you flaunt your wealth by owning luxury items. You play by using your money to bid on Luxury cards to create an impressive portfolio without running out of cash and being cast out. It is a bidding game, where you must collect enough to win, without pushing your luck too far and squandering all your riches for nothing.

This is a classic poker-style bidding war that's as much about reading your opponents as placing the right bid. Each turn you must decide the value of the Luxury item to both you and your opponents, remembering that you only have a limited amount of money to spend. Get it right and you can bid just enough to win Luxury cards. Get it wrong, trying to push opponents to pay more, and you'll pay over the odds or maybe even become the least wealthy player and lose the game.

Prestige cards add a twist by multiplying the value of the Luxury cards in your hand and Disgrace cards do the reverse. You need to be extra careful to get (or not get) these cards. Then there's judging when the game is going to end, and not being left with too much (or too little) cash. Things end when the fourth green backed card is turned over, so there is a sense of increasing jeopardy with each passing round.

This is a classic push-your-luck game where winning and losing are possible right up to the end. Sometimes you bid on an item to win it and other times you bid to drive up the price for someone else. However, if push up the price too far, you may end up spending your limited resources on something that you didn’t really want and squander your chances of winning completely.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/1995

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 3-5

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Osprey Games (@OspreyGames)



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Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. The first time you play it's worth knowing the following:
  • The player with least money at the end of the game cannot win. It is essential that everyone understands this rule before playing.
  • Each of the three disgrace cards affects your total in different ways, so make sure that you read and understand them before playing.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 3 to 5 players in the same room. It is best played with 4-5 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to manage their money well, be able to bid in a restrained way and be resilient enough to cope with being forced to take a card by the actions of others.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our High Society Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@OspreyGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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