Secret Hitler is a dramatic game of political intrigue and betrayal set in 1930s Germany. Each player is randomly and secretly assigned to be a liberal or a fascist, and one player is Secret Hitler. The fascists coordinate to sow distrust and install their cold-blooded leader; the liberals must find and stop the Secret Hitler before it’s too late. The liberal team always has a majority.
In the beginning everyone closes their eyes, in secret the fascists reveal themselves to one another. The Secret Hitler keeps their eyes closed, but puts their thumb up so the fascists can see who the Secret Hitler is. The fascists learn who Hitler is, but Hitler doesn’t know who the fascists are, and the liberals don’t know who anyone is.
At the start of each round players elect a President and Chancellor who work together to enact a law from the policy deck. If they pass a fascist law everyone needs to work out if they were betrayed or unlucky. If the President tells you they had no choice all they had were fascist cards, do you believe them? Are they the Secret Hitler? Trying to throw you off the scent.
As you play and Secret Hitler gets closer to taking power special ‘powers’ come into play. The fascists can use those powers to create chaos unless liberals can pull the nation back from the brink of war.
The objective of the liberal team is to pass five liberal policies or assassinate Secret Hitler. The objective of the fascist team is to pass six fascist policies or elect Secret Hitler chancellor after three fascist policies have passed.
Secret Hitler is designed by Max Temkin (Cards Against Humanity, Humans vs. Zombies) Mike Boxleiter (Solipskier, TouchTone), Tommy Maranges (Philosophy Bro) and illustrated by Mackenzie Schubert (Letter Tycoon, Penny Press).
This game is a lot of fun, its actually quite simple and after about 5 minutes everyone will have the hang of it. The first time we played through it at BrainHackr we started a second round straight after, the endings were quite different both times. In the first Hitler stayed hidden until the last minute, seizing power! But in the second it was down to three players and we knew Hitler as one of them, easily the one who was sweating the most!
While the contents are similar and the game is the same this is not the Kickstarter version which is sold in a limited edition version. This version of the game is a standard retail copy sold in an ordinary (but secretive) cardboard game box.
Contents (as shown in our product photos):
- Chancellor and president name placards
- 1 liberal game track
- 3 facist game tracks (1 for 5-6 players, 1 for 7-8 players and 1 for 9-10 players)
- 10 top secret envelopes
- 2 draw/discard pile cards
- 20 Ja/Nein ballot cards
- 6 liberal / 11 facist policy cards
- 6 liberal / 4 facist party membership cards
- 6 liberal / 3 facist / 1 hitler secret role cards
- 10 ‘not hitler’ cards
- 1 game token
If you would like to take a look at the rules before you buy the game click here