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

Original

  • Abstract, simplistic, colorful and easy-to-read design.
  • Smaller cards (business card size as opposed to poker card size in all other editions).
  • The base came — no advanced cards or added rules for a more authentic experience. The deck that started it all!
  • The only edition that also exists in Swedish! (The original language in which Highest Bidder was created.)

USD
$19.99

Highest Bidder: Art Auction

Art Auction

  • The most complete package.
  • Stunningly detailed fantasy artwork by Swedish artist Pernilla Lindgren.
  • "Advanced Play" bonus cards & an additional advanced play rule booklet.
  • Exclusive cards: "Shuffle", "The Elephant"

USD
$19.99

Highest Bidder: Seals of the Sea

Seals of the Sea

  • Super-cute, overly adorable seals — save them from the hungry sharks!
  • Custom made artwork by Canadian artist Sonja Poon.
  • No less than 5 cards that score negative points — more than in any other edition!
  • Exclusive cards: "+100/-100", "Shark"

USD
$19.99

Highest Bidder: Christmas Spirit

Christmas Spirit

  • Santa's lost his wits the day before Christmas — the ONLY edition to pull out during the holidays!
  • Custom made artwork.
  • The ideal Christmas stocking gift!
  • Exclusive cards: "Evil Elf"

USD
$19.99

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

COMING SOON!

Highest Bidder: Valentine's Day

  • Hearts, hearts, hearts! The perfect edition for couples in love.
  • Custom made artwork by Canadian artist Sonja Poon.
  • Focus on simplicity — a return to the original roots of Highest Bidder!
  • Exclusive cards: To be determined.

USD
$19.99

COMING SOON!

Highest Bidder: Porn Edition

  • 18+, includes nudity. Definitely not for the whole family!
  • 14 unique porn characters — play as a porn movie director looking for the perfect cast!
  • Custom made artwork by homoerotic artist Reynolds Robin.
  • Exclusive cards: To be determined.

USD
$19.99

COMING SOON!

Highest Bidder: Black Edition

  • Unique style of play — play one card from the hand at a time rather than in a pile.
  • More thrill and strategic decision making (fewer random events and laugh-out-loud moments).
  • Black theme, colorful easy-to-read cards.
  • Exclusive cards: To be determined.

USD
$19.99

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

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 five 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."

 

PREMIUM VS. BASIC VERSION

Highest Bidder comes in two versions: the original which features simple, colorful, abstract cards and all the original Bid Cards and Effect Cards. And Highest Bidder: Art Auction which features artwork by Swedish artist Pernilla Lindgren as well as a number of advanced bonus cards.

With Art Auction you not only get a prettier game, but also even greater strategic depth. The new advanced bonus cards and a second rule booklet introducing them add more value to the game. You can still play the base game without the advanced cards. Even though the base version is just as fun to play, Art Auction gives you a lot more possibilities to customize your game experience.


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.


The lack of proper artwork was the main issue people had in initial reviews of Highest Bidder. Some players, however, tell me that they prefer the original because the cards are more colorful and less visually messy.

If you're having trouble deciding, definitely go with Art Auction. You get so much more from the game with the new cards! In fact, when I introduced a friend to the base game and later, once he was comfortable with the rules, added the advanced cards he exclaimed, "You get ALL of that with the game?"

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.

Highest Bidder (original)

$19.99

The original game at a lower price.

Colorful cards of a smaller size that are easy to hold and sort in your hand. The game is abstract with no theme — the cards that are used to bid with are simply numbered 1-7 and the cards you bid on are worth 1-7 points. Large, bold fonts for easy reading.

This version also exists in Swedish!

  • Abstract, colorful cards — no theme.
  • The base game including the original Effect Cards such as "Random Card" and "Next Is Invalid".
  • Smaller-sized cards (similar to business cards in size).
  • Complete rule book.

Highest Bidder: Art Auction

$21.99

New advanced Effect Cards, "advanced play" rule book, brand new artwork.

An exclusive deck with artwork by Pernilla Lindgren. Themed as an art auction in which you bid cash to win paintings of different values. Each painting is a unique piece of art, and the cards used to bid with represent cash values of $10,000-$70,000.

  • The base game Highest Bidder in a new exclusive design.
  • Five new types of Effect Cards including "Shuffle" and "Swap".
  • Two new types of Point Cards: "The Alien" and "The Elephant".
  • Beautiful artwork by Swedish artist Pernilla Lindgren.
  • Larger cards (poker size).
  • Complete rule book plus an "Advanced Play" rule book introducing the new Effect Cards and their strategies.


"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: Magnus, 58 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.

 

SEND IN PHOTOS

Do you play Highest Bidder? Send in your own photos, and check out the existing photo gallery for more action shots!

TAKE A LOOK AT THE CARDS:

The cards of Highest Bidder:

The cards of Highest Bidder: Art Auction:

Highest Bidder (original)

$19.99

The original game at a lower price.

Colorful cards of a smaller size that are easy to hold and sort in your hand. The game is abstract with no theme — the cards that are used to bid with are simply numbered 1-7 and the cards you bid on are worth 1-7 points. Large, bold fonts for easy reading.

This version also exists in Swedish!

Highest Bidder: Art Auction

$21.99

New advanced Effect Cards, "advanced play" rule book, brand new artwork.

An exclusive deck with artwork by Pernilla Lindgren. Themed as an art auction in which you bid cash to win paintings of different values. Each painting is a unique piece of art, and the cards used to bid with represent cash values of $10,000-$70,000.

GET IN TOUCH...

Questions, suggestions, comments or thoughts? Get in touch!

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 start to reveal one card at a time around the table. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments guaranteed as cards interact with each other 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 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 Evil Elf!

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.

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.

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 printed rules to 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 printed rules to a brand new game, playable with any of the Triangles decks. This mature edition features artistic black & white nude photography.

HIGH QUALITY GAME COMPONENTS

All games designed by Sträckspelsfabriken are printed with high quality components by The Game Crafter. Playing cards are UV-coated for a professional finish. Game boards and other components are of thick, quality materials.

FUN & BALANCED GAMES

Games by Sträckspelsfabriken are thoroughly tested for balance, ensuring loads of replay value. No choices are obvious, no strategies are too strong or too weak.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Most card games by Sträckspelsfabriken come in a small box with international shipping costing only $9.50 — anywhere in the world! Larger games cost more.

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REVIEWS

Don't just take my word for it.

 

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

– RollForCrit.com about Highest Bidder.


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

– TheIndieGameReport.com about Highest Bidder.


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

– Player on TheGameCrafter.com about Highest Bidder.

 

"I LOVE this game! It is so entertaining once you start learning the game. It is never the same because you can use different strategies, combine the cards and play it differently all the time!"

– Player on TheGameCrafter.com about Trains & Cargo.


"I remember that I got so obsessed with the game that I wanted to play it all the time! It is never boring and always different!
I love the artwork as well!"

– Player on TheGameCrafter.com about Trains & Cargo.

GET IN TOUCH...

Game questions, suggestions, concerns or just to say hello...

 

spel@strackspel.se

Highest Bidder

An exciting 2-5 player game in which you place secret bids on cards at the center of the table. Your bids will include cards such as "Next is invalid", "Draw a random card" and "Double points", and bids are revealed one card at a time — the order matters and you cannot change it once the bidding has begun.

Highest Bidder has received excellent reviews from players and board game sites, praising its social aspect and card interactions. It comes in a variety of versions with different designs and rule tweaks.

FROM USD
$19.99

Triangles

A fresh and triangular take on traditional playing cards with which you can play a wide variety of games. This series of stunning decks comes with 90 cards in each and printed rules for two games — with more to download for free here on the website!

The Triangles series is not a game of its own, but more of a unique take on traditional playing cards. Each card represent a third of a triangle. Match three pieces to make a complete triangle. There are 9 whole triangles which serve as jokers in some games, and though each deck has a visually different theme all games can be played with any of the decks.

FROM USD
$19.99

Trains & Cargo

Collect cargo, load it onto your train and send the train off when the time is right. Manipulate the market values of the eight cargo types and play special cards to bend the rules.

Trains & Cargo is a game all about predicting the market through the cards in your hand and the actions of other players. Keep your own cargo high in value while lowering the values of others. Play individually 2-4 players, or 4-6 players in teams of two.

Includes a "Routes & Locomotives" add-on which comes in the box as standard. This is Sträckspelsfabrikens heaviest game in terms of components.

USD
$49.99

Tribal Hunt

Play as the Hunter or the Mammoth in this unforgiving two player game of survival. Hunt down and kill your prey and your village will live to see another day. Fail, and it will slowly give in to starvation. 

In Tribal Hunt there are three decks: the Hunter deck, the Mammoth deck and the Tribe deck. As the Hunter, throw spears at the Mammoth in attempts to hit and kill her. As the Mammoth, lash out and charge towards the Hunter. Before each hunt, select a Tribe card with a unique ability from your village to be active this turn.

An innovative distance system utilizing wooden cubes is used to enhance the games' feel of intense battle.

USD
$22.99