Rook is a classic trick-taking game that has been entertaining players since its release by Parker Brothers in 1906. Unlike traditional card games that use a standard deck, Rook features a unique set of cards numbered 1-14 in four colors, ditching the usual face cards and suits. The game shines as a 4-player partnership challenge where strategy, bidding for Trump, and teamwork come into play to score points through capturing valuable cards. Whether you're a seasoned card player or new to trick-taking games, Rook's blend of simplicity and strategic depth offers a fresh take on the genre.

Gameplay Overview

  • Bidding for Trump: Players bid to choose the Trump color, setting the stage for the hand's strategy.
  • Trick-Taking Mechanics: Similar to Whist and Bridge, follow the color led or play a trump if you can't match it.
  • Scoring Points: Winning tricks isn't the goal; it's about capturing specific "count" cards worth points.

Special Features

  • The Rook Card: A game-changer that can win any trick it's played in, adding a twist to each hand.
  • Variants for All: Rules accommodate 2-player and 3-player games, plus countless house rules and variations.
  • Historical Significance: Known also as "Missionary Poker," Rook is favored by those preferring not to use traditional playing cards.


Rook stands out for its unique deck and engaging gameplay, appealing to a broad audience. Its versatility in player numbers and the strategic depth provided by the Rook card and Trump bidding system make it a timeless classic. Whether you're looking for a fun family game night option or a more strategic card game experience, Rook delivers both in spades.

  • 2 - 6 Players
  • 45 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Rook so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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