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For Sale (1997) is a quick, collection and push-your-luck game about buying and selling houses. You bid for houses of different values using coins at auction and then sell them in savvy ways to maximise the biggest cheques for your best properties. It stands out for the risk-reward of guessing the house value other players have used so you can sneak in with a cheap property for a big cheque.

The game is played in two phases. First, you bid on sets of four houses. Each player can either raise the bid to stay in the running for the highest property or bail, get half their money back and take the current lowest card. In this way, you build up a set of houses ready to sell and make money.

You play four Cheque cards face up on the table and each player chooses one of their house cards in an effort to get the biggest cheque. The player with the highest value property takes the highest cheque with others take cheques in order. You repeat this until all the houses are sold.

The result is a game where you push your luck to get the best property cards available. Then, you need to bluff other players by playing property that's high enough for the available cheques but that saves your best houses for the rounds with the highest cheques.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked For Sale 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 Collecting and Push-Your-Luck game with Communication elements. You can play with 3 to 6 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 15 minutes to learn. It's quick to learn, although you need to play it through once to understand the implications of getting a good set of properties in the first phase.

The first time you play it can help to do the following:
  • Play a round with open hands.
  • Play one property bidding round to practice.
  • Play one property selling round to practice.

Play Time: This game will take between 25 minutes and half an hour to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. As long as they can understand the idea of saving their best properties until you need them, and are willing to go head to head against other players, even young children can enjoy this.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
There are different versions of the game with different artwork. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2009

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 3-6

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Communication

Accessibility: 0 features documented

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