Place secret bids on cards at the center of the table by playing a pile of cards face down from your hand. As players take turns revealing one card at a time from their pile, hilarious situations arise as cards interact with one another in unexpected ways. Will you be the highest bidder?

 

Players: 2-5
Time: 30 min
Age: 10+

Highest Bidder comes in a range of themed editions to suit every social situation, including adorable seals for the kids, the more advanced Art Auction edition and an 18+ porn edition.

AN EDITION FOR EVERY OCCASION

Highest Bidder comes in a wide variety of themed editions, each with slight rule variations.

HIGHEST BIDDER:
ORIGINAL

Abstract, simplistic, colorful. The base deck that started it all!

UNIQUE FEATURES:

Smaller cards (business card size as opposed to poker card size in all other editions).

No advanced cards or special features — the original game as it was intended to be played!

Swedish + English editions.

 

USD
$19.99

HIGHEST BIDDER:
ART AUCTION

The most complete package featuring advanced bonus cards.

UNIQUE FEATURES:

Stunningly detailed fantasy artwork by Swedish artist Pernilla Lindgren.

"Advanced Play" bonus cards & an additional advanced play rule booklet.

Exclusive cards including "Shuffle", "The Elephant", and more.

USD
$21.99

HIGHEST BIDDER:
VALENTINE'S DAY

Cute love-themed edition featuring gay and interracial couples.

UNIQUE FEATURES:

"Half Points" has been replaced by "Broken Heart", an all-new card that moves between players rather than being played.

All the cards of the base game + a few of the advanced cards from Art Auction.

New rule: The bottom card in your bid pile may be returned to your hand.

Exclusive cards including "Broken Heart" and "Shuffle & Discard".

USD
$21.99

HIGHEST BIDDER:
SEALS OF THE SEA

Save the adorable seals from the hungry sharks.

UNIQUE FEATURES:

Custom made artwork by Canadian artist Sonja Poon.

No less than 5 cards that score negative points — adds a new strategic layer!

Exclusive cards include "+100/-100" and "Shark".

USD
$21.99

HIGHEST BIDDER:
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Santa's lost his wits the day before Christmas — help save the holidays!

UNIQUE FEATURES:

Evil Elf which takes away points.

All the cards of the base game + a few of the best from the Art Auction advanced cards.

Custom made artwork.

Exclusive cards include "Evil Elf" and "Random x2".

USD
$21.99

 

HIGHEST BIDDER:
PORN STARS

Be a porn movie director looking for the ultimate cast.

UNIQUE FEATURES:

Cast 14 unique porn characters made especially for Highest Bidder: Porn Stars.

Amazing adult artwork by nude artist Reirotic.

Includes all cards from the base game for hilarious and balanced game play.

 

NOT YET AVAILABLE!

Click the images to learn more about each edition and to check out the cards that each box contains.

My friend Helena plotting to set up a trap for me while drinking a glass of homemade sangria. #squadgoals


My goal when creating Highest Bidder was to make an auction/bidding game with depth. I'm a fan of the likes of Modern Art but always found such games to be shallow or predictable.


 

A SIMPLE IDEA WITH DEPTH:

Highest Bidder is a simple idea with a lot of depth. In this 2-5 player card game you bid cards from your hand on cards at the center of the table to score points. You must decide how many cards to bid on each available point-scoring card, as well as which order to play the cards in. At the count of three all players will place their bids simultaneously, face down in piles in front of them. Cards are then reveled one at a time around the table and special effect cards will impact the outcome.

Highest Bidder utilizes what's known as "programmed actions" — if you place a bid with multiple cards in it, the cards will be revealed in the order you placed them in, starting with the top card in your pile. Depending on the cards revealed by other players, the results can be utterly hilarious. Your clever plan can go satisfyingly well or absolutely horribly wrong. Regardless, laughs are guaranteed!

A man named Dave Merrell from EverythingBoardGames.com said it best: "It is very fun to play and although you get cheated at times, it feels like it’s your own fault because that’s the order you placed your cards in."

A RANGE OF THEMED EDITIONS:

Highest Bidder comes in a number of themed versions, each with it own unique take on the game. For families with children, Seals of the Sea or Christmas Spirit can be recommended. For adults, Valentine's Day offers som new unique rule changes, and Porn Stars is a hilarious choice among dirty-minded friends. For casual players who like variety, Art Auction is the most complete edition in terms of game components and unique cards.

In short, Highest Bidder is a highly entertaining, visually stunning and strategically deep game with a surprisingly simple idea of programmed actions in an auction/bidding game.

Click the images above to learn more about each edition and what makes it unique.


"Great game! Easy and fast to learn with high entertainment factor. Can only recommend it!"

– Player on TheGameCrafter.com

 
 

"Lot's of fun! If there's something I didn't like about the game... No, there really isn't!"

– RollForCrit.com

 

"Quick, fun, different game where things can change quickly. I really enjoyed the variability in play."

– EverythingBoardGames.com

 

"Highest Bidder is an intriguing game. It creates some entertaining and tense moments."

– TheIndieGameReport.com

"Fun to look at, fun to play, easy to introduce to people."

– RollForCrit.com

 

"I played this game at a party. The rules were easy and it's a perfect game to bring to events to lighten the mood."

– Player on TheGameCrafter.com

 

 

BLOG POST: HIGH SCORE THEORIES

What's the highest possible score, how realistic is it that it will ever be achieved, and is there a high score "sweetspot"?

HIGH SCORES

  • 2-player game: Johan, 66 points
  • 3-player game: Marina, 78 points
  • 4-player game: Robert, 62.5 points
  • 5-player game: Unknown

Have you beaten any of the above scores? Tell me about it and be added to the High Score list! 

spel@strackspel.se

 

SUGGEST NEW CARDS

Highest Bidder has loads of potential for expansion. If you have an idea, I'd like to hear it!

STRATEGY GUIDE

For such a simple game, Highest Bidder is incredibly deep. You'll enjoy exploring the various possibilities and discovering what happens when certain cards interact with one another, but if you'd like a crash course, check out this in-depth guide to each individual Effect Card in the game.

 

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THERE'S MORE

From Sträckspelsfabriken:

HIGHEST BIDDER: ORIGINAL

Play Bid Cards from your hand to win point-scoring cards at the center of the table. Bids are placed face down and played cards cannot be changed — hilarious situations arise as players begin to reveal one card at a time around the table. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments guaranteed as cards interact in unexpected ways.

HIGHEST BIDDER: ART AUCTION

Art Auction is the most complete version of Highest Bidder. It includes all the cards of the base game along with separate "advanced cards", a second rule book introducing the new cards, and lots of room for customization. Pick and choose from all the available components to create the game that best fits your group of players.

HIGHEST BIDDER: SEALS OF THE SEA

Oh no, hungry sharks are lurking in the water and the adorable seals are frightened! In the cutest edition of Highest Bidder ever you must save the seals before it's too late. Stands out from the other editions as it includes no less than five Shark Cards that score negative points — avoid at all cost!

HIGHEST BIDDER: CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Celebrate Christmas with a hilarious, Christmas-themed card game that's suitable for the whole family. Christmas Spirit includes all the good stuff from the original Highest Bidder as well as the best of the advanced bonus cards from Highest Bidder: Art Auction. Watch out for the all-new Evil Elf!

HIGHEST BIDDER: VALENTINE'S DAY

Celebrate love with this super-cute edition of Highest Bidder. Bid using Kisses to score Hearts — the player with the most hearts wins! Includes all the cards from the original Highest Bidder plus a few advanced cards from Art Auction. Also includes the all-new Broken Heart, a card that moves between players as the game progresses.

HIGHEST BIDDER: PORN STARS

As a porn movie director you're looking for the ultimate ensemble for your next project. Bid among a selection of 14 unique characters designed specifically for the game — 7 male, 7 female, aged 18-64 and from a wide range of national and ethnic backgrunds. Be the director to amass the most Star Quality to win the game.

Learn more about the game.

THIS GAME COMES WITH NO RULES

This Game Comes With No Rules is a mental puzzle challenge in the form of an Escape Room. 34 cards, no rules, no instructions. Can you figure out how to beat the gam? For 1+ players.

Learn more about the game.

TRIBAL HUNT

Tribal Hunt is a brutal two player card game in which you take turns playing as the Hunter and the Mammoth. Hunt down your prey and your village will live to see another day. Fail, and it will slowly give in to starvation. Features amazing custom artwork by Canadian artist Sonja Poon.

Passed The Game Crafter Art Test with a score above 90

TRAINS & CARGO

Collect cargo, load it onto your train, then send the train off when the time is right to score points. Manipulate the market to your favor, use Effect Cards to bend the rules, and be the player to make the best out of the circumstances in this casual but complex card and board game hybrid. The biggest release yet by Sträckspelsfabriken. A STAFF PICK selection at The Game Crafter and with an ART TEST score by the community of 80+!

Selected as a Staff Pick by The Game Crafter

TRIANGLES ORIGINAL

Triangles is a unique take on traditional playing cards. Combine pieces of triangles to build complete triangles. With 90 cards and downloadable rules for many different games a deck of Triangles playing cards is unlike anything else by Sträckspelsfabriken. This original deck features photography from three major world cities: Sydney, London and Los Angeles.

TRIANGLES OCEANS

Oceans is the second edition to the Triangles series of playing cards. It includes 90 cards and introduces a brand new game, playable with any of the Triangles decks. The artwork features photography from below the surface of the sea: the anemone, the shoal and the jellyfish.

TRIANGLES BEETLES

Beetles is the third edition to the Triangles series of playing cards. It includes 90 cards and printed rules to a brand new game, playable with any of the Triangles decks. The artwork is by Swiss artist Dominic Vonbern, featuring three of his pop-art beetle paintings. A unique collaboration!

TRIANGLES NUDITY

Nudity is the fourth and most recent edition to the Triangles series of playing cards. It includes 90 cards and introduces a brand new game, playable with any of the Triangles decks. This mature edition features artistic black & white nude photography.

Learn more about the game.

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