Trix is a game for 4 players (no partnership) using a standard international 52-card pack. Deal and play are counter-clockwise. Game is divided into 4 "Kingdoms". Each Kingdom consists of 5 games, and the player who "owns the kingdom" decides the sequence of the games to play.
Each player is dealt 13 cards, and the player who is dealt the 7 of hearts will own the first kingdom. This player chooses which game will be played (see the "Games and How to Play" section below) for the first 5 rounds, the kingdom then passes to the next player and the same sequence is repeated until all 4 kingdoms are played.
The cards in each suit ranking from low to high: 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - J- Q - K - A.
The first 4 games are similar in concept and play style.
If the game is Queens or King of Hearts, the holder of any queens or the King of Hearts can double that card by exposing it before the first trick starts. This means that when a the player takes this card, they will lose double the points, and the player who doubled it will gain the original value of it as bonus.
A partnership version of Trix, this version differs from regular Trix only by teaming up players sitting opposite each other and summing up their scores as a team score.
Trix Complex is the most popular type of Trix. Each kingdom consists of 2 games only: Trix and Complex. Trix rules remain unchanged and the other 4 games are played together in one round of Complex.
In Complex, the player loses points for each trick, card of Diamonds, Queen, and King of Hearts. Points are calculated in the same way as regular Trix.
This game is a partnership version of Trix Complex with each two players sitting opposite each other forming a team.
In this variation Trix is omitted from Kingdoms and players get to only play Complex.