Hasbro Card Games
Card games you can play from Hasbro.
Hasbro Card Games
This site isn't specifically about Hasbro, but since it's about Trivial Pursuit, and since Hasbro publishes Trivial Pursuit, we get a lot of interest from our readers about Hasbro related subjects. And one of the most popular subjects related to the game company right now is the subject of Hasbro card games. This page provides some background information about Hasbro itself, and it includes a list highlighting some of the newer (and still-in-print) card games from Hasbro.
Hasbro is a public company that specializes in manufacturing toys and board games. They do make card games, but most of their card games are based on their board games. If you're interested in buying stock in Hasbro, they're traded on Nasdaq under the symbol HAS. The company was founded in 1923, and it's still one of the largest toy manufacturers in the country.
Through the years, Hasbro has bought a large variety of smaller companies. The companies of most interest to card game and board game fans include the following:
- Avalon Hill -- They specialized in publishing miniatures war games and strategy games, like Gettysburg, Civil War, and Stalingrad. You know how most board games use hexes? Avalon Hill started that tradition.
- Milton Bradley -- They made their name by publishing The Game of Life, which is still one of the most famous board games ever. Now it's a Hasbro game, too.
- Parker Brothers -- They were the original publishers of many of the most famous board games in US history, including Trivial Pursuit, Sorry, Scrabble, and Monopoly.
- Wizards of the Coast -- They're best-known for publishing Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.
Some of the famous board game and card game properties that belong to Hasbro or its subsidiaries include:
- Clue -- In Europe, the game is called Cluedo. It's perennially popular, and most mystery games owe a debt to Clue.
- Magic: The Gathering -- This is the top-selling game of any kind that Hasbro sells.
- Monopoly -- This game holds the record of top-selling board game of all time.
- Scrabble -- The most popular word game of all time.
- Trivial Pursuit -- You already know what this game is about, since it's the subject of the entire site.
Chances are, if it's a popular enough board game or card game in the United States that the average person has heard of it, then Hasbro or one of its subsidiaries own it.
Hasbro Card Games List
Here's a list of card games that are marketed directly via Hasbro's main website:
- Scrabble Slam -- A card game version of the board game.
- Sorry Revenge -- Another card game version of another board game.
- The Game of Life: Adventures -- Are you starting to notice a trend here?
- Yahtzee Hands Down -- A card game version of the legendary dice game.
- Rook -- A trick taking card game with a special deck. This one is a classic, and people have been playing Rook since 1906.
- Ratuki -- This is sort of like a multiplayer version of solitaire with a speed element. It's relatively new.
These aren't the only card game published by Hasbro, but they are aimed at the demographic Hasbro associates with its main corporate brand, and that's games for kids. All of the games above are rated as appropriate for ages 8+, except for the Sorry Revenge card game, which is aimed at children aged 6+. All of these card games are also available for less than $10, which makes them really affordable.
Unfortunately, most of these games are pretty basic, and they offer little in the way of replay value, even for kids. The exceptions on that list are Rook and Ratuki. In the past, Hasbro has also published other card game versions of their popular board games, including a Clue card game and a Monopoly card game.
Wizards of the Coast Card Games List
Wizards of the Coast is the publisher of some of the most interesting card games from Hasbro. In fact, Magic: The Gathering is Hasbro's top-selling game product, which means that more Magic: the Gathering products are sold than Monopoly or Scrabble. That's especially impressive when you consider that Monopoly is the top-selling board game in history.
Magic: The Gathering is just one of a couple dozen card games produced by Wizards of the Coast. Most of these games are called "collectible card games," which are card games that feature collectible cards to be used in play--think of a card game you could play using the equivalent of baseball cards, and you get an idea of what a collectible card game is.
Some of the more famous collectible card games produced by Wizards of the Coast, besides Magic: The Gathering, include:
- Duel Masters -- This card game is very similar to Magic: The Gathering, but it's based on a different intellectual property.
- Neopets -- A spinoff of the Neopets franchise, aimed at players too young for Magic: The Gathering.
- Pokemon -- Another collectible card game based on a popular intellectual property.
- The Star Wars Trading Card Game -- Noticing a theme yet?
But Wizards also published other card games that aren't in the CCG format. Some of these include:
- Filthy Rich -- Another card game designed by Richard Garfield, who's probably better known as the creator of Magic: The Gathering.
- Guillotine -- An unusual card game set during the French Revolution. The goal is to collect the heads of French noblemen.
- Three-Dragon Ante (which is based on the Dungeons and Dragons intellectual property.)
Hasbro and its subsidiaries publish a lot of card games.