Up the River

A trick taking card game where you are trying to take exactly the number of tricks that you bid. The main screen shows a scoreboard, the trump and led cards. Each player needs their own device with a web browser. Each player's display will show their hand of cards.

You can play a wide variety of trick taking games with this game. There are presets for "Oh Hell!", "Wizards", and "Get Fred". But it is customizable and will support many games of this type.

Game Summary

Play your cards right and take EXACTLY the number of tricks that you bid.
2-10 players
15-60 minutes


  • Windows 7+
  • One computer/tablet/phone per player

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Installation and detailed requirements

Detailed requirements

Players can play around a multi-touch table with blinds or on any computer with a phone/tablet for each player.

If using phone/tablet, they need to have a QR Code scanner app (free on any App store) and a modern web browser (Chrome and Safari both work).

  • OS - Windows 7 or later
  • CPU - Core 2/i3 or M/Atom 1.6 GHz+
  • GPU - Intel HD 3000+ or any modern video card with DX9 support
  • RAM - 1 GB

Install and Setup

Run the installer and follow the prompts. If you are using the DISC launcher, install to a directory you have added to the launcher. The launcher will detect the game.


To start the game, each player should pick a color. When the game comes up, each player should scan the QR Code or setup a blind. The game will start once all the players have connected.

Each hand starts with players bidding for how many tricks they will take. The trump card (or no-trump) and the player order will be displayed on the main screen.

Players then take turns playing a card from their hand. Players are required to follow suit if they can. If they can't follow suit they may play any card.

The player who played the highest trump card, or if no trump was played, the highest card of the led suit wins the trick. The winner of the trick leads the first card for the next hand.

Scoring and how many hands are played depends on the options picked on the intro screen.

You can see more detailed instructions for the built in games by searching for those named games online.