High Society is a card-based auction game of great deals and careful brinkmanship based on the tabletop eurogame by Reiner Knizia.
Every player starts the game with the same amount of money to spend on luxuries and recognitions, but whoever spends the most money loses, no matter what they collected!
High Society is based on the same very successful MobileEuroCard gaming engine that was used in Reiner Knizia's Money, also produced by RPGnet. Simple gestures allow you to examine your own hand and the bids of your opponents. Everything is animated, for a colorful play experience.
Additionally, four different AIs, each with their own personality, help make every game unique. You can slowly discover the AIs' strategies to improve your chances of winning.
High Society is the second release in RPGnet's MobileEuroCard series. Once you know how to play one game, you'll understand the interface of all of them!
NOTE: This version of High Society uses Game Center for Leaderboards and Achievements, but does NOT yet include multiplayer play.
Updated & cleaned up for iOS 10.0.
Ratings and Reviews
Beautiful, fun strategy card game
High Society is a beautiful, fun strategy card game. A must buy for Knizia fans.
Although it has the same game designer (Reiner Knizia), same developer (Skotos Tech), and uses the same game engine as Money, High Society is an enjoyable game experience unto itself. Using an open, progressive auction format, players bid on a series of paintings that are worth a varying amount of victory points. All players start on equal footing with the same complement of cash cards in different amounts, so the trick is knowing when and how much to bid. But it isn't enough that a person amasses the most victory points for, if doing so renders that player the poorest at game's end, he/she automatically comes in last place. Throw in some point-multiplier cards to bid for and some detrimental cards to bid against, and you have a game full of interesting choices to make.
It should be noted that the game features no way to play against other humans, and the in-game manual doesn't give you all the information that it should. But the different levels of AI mitigate the former complaint, and a play-through or two will render the latter complaint moot. Neither is a reason to neglect this gem and I can happily recommend to all.
You need to hold down your Score to see other players scores and keep track of how many red bordered cards have been auctioned off. Wish you could play against other human players but hey for $3 it gives you a taste of how great this app is. Here is quick rules.
- You bid on cards 1 through 10 and must bid at least $1 higher than previous bid. Highest bid wins card..others recoup their bids.
- When bidding you can only append to your bid.
- 3 misfortune cards (-5, 1/2 and thief which steals your lowest card or next card if don't have any currently)
- When bidding on misfortune cards everyone loses whatever they've bid. First to pass takes card.
- Game ends on fifth red bordered card (-5, 2X, 2X, 2X cards).
- At end of game if you have lowest money amongst all players you can not win no matter your score.
- Other players see who amongst them has highest fame points and wins. Tie breaker is decided on highest fame card.
edit: I just play on iPad so never experienced crashes. Hopefully new update fixes it. I've seen a few times THIEF card taking HIGHEST luxury card when in fact it is supposed to take the LOWEST. For example an AI had 2,4,8,2X in his hand. He passed on thief and it took his 8 card. Definitely a major bug there. Other than that though works great. Still want hotseat support my number 1 request.
Good game that needs multiplayer options. Will be better with updates
I don't have any of the issues with crashing.
The AI seems too difficult, even on easy. I'm familiar with the tabletop game and I've lost about 10 games in a row now. It seems like the other players are conspiring against me. They'll force my bid on a x2 multiplier up to $15 or $16, and the very next card will be another multiplier and it'll be bought for $3. That would never happen in a game with real players.
Also, the thief card seems to be broken. In the tabletop version, it will steal your lowest valued treasure. I had the 10 treasure and the 1 treasure and it took the 10! It should have taken the 1.
Finally, the game needs to allow for multiple human opponents. I bought this for my Ipad, and I'd love to be able to play it with others. Online games would be nice too.
The graphic interface is great. Very intuitive, very elegant and easy to use.
High Society is one Knizia's best card games. It's simple, easy-to-learn, and has lots of replay value.
Fun app. Probably has about 2-3 hours of fun in it. If it added mulitplayer capability, I would be playing this for several hours a week for quite awhile.
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.