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Coup (2012) is a communication game where you fight to become the only player left with political influence. You play by taking on the roles of five different powerful (uniquely skilled) government officials to become the last politician standing. It is a game of manipulation, bribery and bluffing as you lie about your cards to get to the top - much like actual politics.

When the game starts, you are secretly dealt two Character cards face down. But interestingly, you can decide to pretend to have different characters and use those actions instead. Each character has their own special actions and counteractions. For example, the Assassin can be used to kill another character, whereas the Contessa can be used to block an assassination attempt. You use these actions to kill off other players so you can become the last person standing.

As you play, you take turns to claim the ability to perform actions and carry out the results. However, almost all of the actions can be blocked. So each turn becomes a clinical back and forth of claim and counterclaim. If you become suspicious of another player, you can challenge them to reveal their card. Succeed and they lose a character, fail and you lose a character. This continues until you eventually find a winner.

The result is a poker-like battle of wits, where you must balance using the characters and actions that you are dealt with and the actions you can get away with. Use too many lies and subtle deceptions and like Nixon before you, you will find yourself out of the office quicker than you can say Watergate.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Coup 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Push-Your-Luck game. You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room. It is at its best when played with more people.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 10 minutes to learn. Although there are a few rules to learn, you always have a cue card to remind you of the actions, their effects and counteractions in front of you as you play.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 7+ years-olds. Although they are not depicted visually in any way, this game features assassination, stealing and political coup.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2012

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 2-6

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards and Tokens

Developer: IBC Games (@IBCGames)

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