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Shall I Teach You About Tichu?

Legend has it that over 642 million Chinese play Tichu nearly every day! I don't know about that. All I know is that Tichu might very well be the world's best card game.

Tichu is a partnership game for four players where partners battle to be the first to play all of their cards and score points. Each hand is filled with strategy and risk. Will you be the first player to play all of your cards? Perhaps you'd like to make a little wager on that? Are you willing to risk 100 points? How about 200?

Tichu has long been the favorite card game of all time on BoardGameGeek. Find out why! I promise that you won't regret it!

Tichu boasts the following great features:

* Fully licensed and authorized by designer Urs Hostettler and publisher Fata Morgana Spiele.
* Computer controlled opponents boast a challenging and lifelike Artificial Intelligence that is configurable in numerous ways.
* Up to 4 humans can play linked over Bluetooth or Game Center.
* Full support for Game Center! including achievements, leaderboards, and world-wide multiplayer!
* Extensive tutorial and in-game documentation will teach you how to play and have you playing like a champ in no time.
* Shake-A-Hint™ feature helps you play while you learn.
* Music and sound effects.
* Keep track of up to 4 games at once.
* Keep track of your game's progress with a fully automated score sheet.
* Track your statistics over multiple game sessions.
* Play in English or German.
* Optimized high resolution images for iPhone 4 and iPad.
(It also looks fantastic on older iPhones and iPod touch.)

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What's New

Version 1.10.0

* bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

70 Ratings
70 Ratings

Compelling game--like Spades but much richer!


I have never played Tichu before but I am now good and hooked! The game has one of the best tutorials that I've seen on a phone platform and the "shake a hint" is invaluable. Partner games are so rare these days and I want to get friends to play, but the computer players are the next best thing. And you can easily play online side by side with multiple phones!!! If you like Spades I promise you'll love Tichu. The help is also well written and close at hand to reference to help understand how the special cards work--even includes a bit of strategy. Can't imagine getting bored of this game. Well worth paying for. Thank you for bringing it to the iPhone, and thus, to me!!!

Tichu Review


I have been playing this game since I purchased my first iPad....Several years ago! Tichu is my favorite game to play online....It is never boring, and I love the fact that I don’t have to spend a fortune in order to be successful and win a game! It seems like every other game out there is boring as hell unless you “purchase” boosters or addl credits to play the game...I have just deleted both Bejeweled Blitz and Candy Crush because if you don’t pay additional money, the game is boring as hell! I Love Tichu!!!

The worst AI of any game I've ever seen

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After hundreds of plays, I just cannot pretend this game isn't complete trash anymore. At first, it scratched the solo Tichu itch. Then it became abundantly clear the AI (at any level) cheats for your opponents, yet you are stuck with a mindless, sabotaging, trash partner. There's literally zero sense to how they play, yet your opponents play perfectly as if playing with real people and our cards were face up. I'm convinced the AI for your partner is setup to aid the other team. There's countless examples of it: winning and not helping you, even when you call Tichu, trading useless junk when Tichu is called, and on and on. I wish I had more hands to give this garbage AI four thumbs down!


Steve Blanding
49.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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