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In Vino Morte Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


In Vino Morte is a party game where the aim is to survive a dinner party. Each turn you are dealt a face down drinks card and need to decide whether to the dealer-host is trying to kill you off or not. It's as much about playing the cards as the people, because you use deduction and bluff to decide whether to drink or pass.

To start, the dealer gives a card to each player face down. The cards represent a player's dinner party drink and can be either poison or wine. The only rule is that at least one poison and one wine must be dealt out each round and only the dealer knows where these cards are located.

Players then take it turns to each choose whether to turn over their card or to swap their card with another player. Once play has returned to the dealer, any cards that remain face down are revealed and the players fates decided. Wine means you survive and poison means you are eliminated from the game.

As each round progresses, you take turns to deal to the dwindling number of players until one remains and wins. As you can never really know what your card is, play becomes about social deduction. What feuds and pacts have developed and how do you use those to your advantage. This makes the game different depending on the people that are playing and makes what is an incredibly simple premise into such a complex mystery.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2016, updated in 2019

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Button Shy (@ButtonShy)

Players: 2-9



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Learn to Play: This takes 1 minute to learn.

Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 9 players in the same room. Although the game can be played with just 2 players, it is best with between 7 and 9 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. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. To play this game, players need to be able to deal with being targeted by other players and be able to cope with dropping out of the game before it is over.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 12+ years-olds.


You can purchase the following expansion pack:
  • In Vino Morte: Caseus Vitae (2019) This adds three cheese cards, which players can choose to take. They reverse the result of your drink when it is revealed.


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

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