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Quick Overview

Designed by Reiner Knizia, Icarus is a game for three to seven players featuring a Liar's Poker style bluffing mechanic.

Front cover

  • Front cover
  • Back cover
  • Game mat
  • Counters (front)


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New from Reiner Knizia, Icarus is a game for three to seven players who must don their wax-fastened wings to see who can soar the highest without being caught flying too close to the sun.

Icarus players draw one card each from seven different-colored decks and must bid an amount of one of those colors which they believe is less than the sum of every player's card in that color. At some point bids, which must increase with each player, will reach so high that they are challenged! With a handy game mat and additional play variations included from the developers at Victory Point Games, we're sure that Icarus will find a happy landing among your gaming group!

How high can you fly?

Note: This game is currently only available in the boxed version.

What's In The Box?:

•   One 8-page, full-color Rules booklet
•   One game mat
•   126 linen-finished cards
•   30 Feather tokens
•   One Bid Value marker
•   One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
•   One beautiful box cover sleeve
•   One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
•   One charcoal desiccant packet


Game Design: Dr. Reiner Knizia
Development: Alan Emrich
Graphic Design: Barry Pike III
Illustration: Chelsea Autio
Playtesting: Cody Bailey, Taylor Flynn, Kevin Fortuna, Nathan Hansen, Ryan Huynh, Jeremy Lennert, Petra Schlunk, Sean Young, Yi Xu
Proofreading: Deon Carrico, Noelle Le Bienvenu, Karen Wolterman

Special Thanks: Jeremy Lennert

Game Resources

(Rules require a PDF viewer installed in your browser, or right-click to download and open with a PDF reader)

Game Data

Number of Players 3-7
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 30 minutes
Difficulty 2
Solitaire Suitability 1 (not suitable)
Designer Reiner Knizia
Developer Alan Emrich


Icarus by Stewart Pilling (Nerd Rock from the Sun)
It is the sort of game that you would expect from Knizia and one of his better ones that I have played lately. The production quality of the game is very good and a similar standard to the other Victory Point game that I have reviewed, Gem Rush. The artwork is nice and the feather counters are very nicely done.
Icarus by Nerdbloggers
I subject my game group to a lot of new games that I need to play in order to review. After I’m satisfied I can review them, most of them don’t see the table again unless I bring them up. It is perhaps telling that while I had a group playing games for review tonight, the guys forming another table came up and asked if I had brought Icarus.
Icarus by Dan King (Game Boy Geek)
A great bluffing card game for [both] families and gamers, it's like Liar's Dice on Steroids!
Wings on Fire by Farmer Lenny (iSlaytheDragon)
Icarus is a surprisingly fun game in a simple and elegant package. Despite being a bluffing game, it bears Knizia’s trademark mastery of finding the grueling decision and building a game around it.
Reiner Knizia’s Icarus Will Have You Bluffing — & Getting Caught by Teresa Jackson (News for Shoppers)
This game is fun. It’s accessible to people who have played any card game. It’s very easy to pick up, and the people I’ve played with immediately said, “Let’s play again.” Always a good sign. ... If you like bluffing and deduction, Icarus is a winner.