"Hanafuda" is a traditional Japanese card game. Now you can enjoy "Koi Koi," its most well-known variation, in a purely Japanese milieu with elegant and refined graphics. Online Multiplayer!!
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Very Positive (50 reviews) - 96% of the 50 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (386 reviews) - 91% of the 386 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 27, 2015

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August 10

Updated [ver2.2.0]



* DLC on sale now
Play Ukiyoe wood-block print Collection mode
("53 Stations of the Tokaido")

* Updates in this version:
・Added BackGround in Game
(to be selected in the Theme section)
・fixing bugs chat functionality
・fixing bugs multiplayer rankings
・fixing bugs the Fuda seems a bit blurry


*Several bug fix.
fixing bugs related to multiplayer games.

We're still working on some bug fixes and we appreciate your feedback again
if you notice something that doesn't seem right.

Thank you.

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July 25

Updated [ver2.1.0]



* Updates in this version:
・Added a guide character named Fumi
・Made some changes to the screen layout
・Added chat functionality
・Added Standby mode - play in single player mode while
waiting for an opponent
・Added multiplayer rankings

* Several bug fixes:
・Especially related to multiplayer games.

We're still working on some bug fixes and we appreciate your feedback again
if you notice something that doesn't seem right.

Thank you.

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About This Game

If you want learning "Hanafuda", "Koi-Koi Japan" is the fastest way!
Everyone can be a "Koi-Koi" Master!

"Hanafuda" is a traditional Japanese card game.
Now you can play Koi Koi, its most well-known variation.

In Koi Koi, you compete to snatch up cards that will allow you to win by forming Yaku, or card combinations, before your opponent does.
If you form a Yaku, you can aim for even more points by calling "Koi Koi" and continuing the game. I hope you'll try this simple, but fiercely competitive game of strategy.

◆Optimized for Hanafuda Beginners
We've prepared an easy-to-use tutorial for those who may be playing for the first time.
Now anyone can learn the basic rules and start enjoying Koi Koi right away.

◆Beautiful Japanese Design
The cards with floral and animal designs evoke a sense of "wabi sabi," a uniquely Japanese aesthetic. Combined with elegant music, this enchanting game is sure to captivate you.

◆Great Replay Value
Enjoy the game again and again with extra features such as achievements and Collection Mode where you can collect postcards depicting Japanese scenery.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1
    • Processor: 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9.2 or greater
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Memory: 1 GB
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Quemaqua
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 13
This is a lovely game that's gotten a lot more support from the developer than one might have expected. While the game is somewhat minimalistic on the whole, the presentation is nice, nothing feels cheap, the multiplayer works well, there's a good chunk of single player content for a small game, and the worthwhile DLC adds even more for very little money. There's zero reason not to own this if you're a fan of Koi-Koi.
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Kabi
7.0 hrs
Posted: August 12
Love the game, feels just right for a quick play. For this price you get a lot of relaxing play.
Only minor point is ... lady luck must be smiling, skill has almost nothing to do with this game.
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GFJ
1.9 hrs
Posted: July 31
To be fair, you don't exactly have much choice if you want a Koi-Koi game on Steam.

Game is perfectly functional however. Does a reasonable job teaching the game (although practice will still be required, as well as checking references on cards and hands, thankfully all included in game.)

Surprisingly frequently updated, and with online play, as well as offline bots.

Decent game, does a good job of teaching how to play Koi Koi, so if you ever wanted to learn give it a look.

TL:DR; What you see is what you get.
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theeeyankeeswin1
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 31
Unable to really see and ID the card designs very well and memorizing all the combos is quite a chore.

That said, a lot of work has gone into this and more people like it than otherwise.
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Serra Uke
9.8 hrs
Posted: July 31
10/10
Easy to play and understand, hard to dominate, hours of fun, multiplayer is what it needed and now it has it. Perfect casual game.
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Alexander
9.0 hrs
Posted: July 31
Love it , japanese mahjong
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damien
54.2 hrs
Posted: July 30
to start:

i love hanafuda decks. love the games i've been taught by friends with them.

(i've even loved drunkenly losing money as the nights turn serious, from playful koi-koi variants to cash piles, shot glasses and curses. as the hands get more and more complex, we drink more.)


so even if this game was awful, i'd still enjoy it.

but it's not awful. at all.

since i bought it on a lark, its grown to be both fun against the AI, to now a multiplayer experience. with teaching tools in the game that started as spare as the sheet of paper folded in most physical decks. they have been expanding as the game continues to be updated.

truly, if you're curious about hanafuda decks, have a less than literal mind that can enjoy the fact that cards that "match" (gameplay / scoring wise) don't look identical (some are close, the rest are linked in natural, seasonal and cultural ways) or at the very least if you're just curious about how gorgeous hanafuda cards have always been and are, give it a shot.
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Franklin
35.2 hrs
Posted: July 30
This is a great way to learn how to play Koi-Koi and become familiar with the cards. The developers are actively working on the game, adding in new art, multiplayer features, and even a Mac port.
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Torvich
4.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
This game is amazing!
Initially it was a bit much to take in all the combinations but I'm surprised I picked up on it within the first hour.
Yes, this game will be the end to hours and hours of your life. But that is a good thing =)
I got this on sale but after playing it I can say that I would be happy to pay full price.
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Quwaz
10.2 hrs
Posted: July 29
I cannot recommend this game enough! The gameplay is solid, fast paced, and fun. The learning curve is perfect. I often open up the game and play 2 or 3 matches when I just have a few minutes free time. Zoo have put a lot of time and effort tweaking this to make it perfect, constantly upgrading the AI, the UI, the feel and speed of the game. This is a gem of a game, that has been expertly polished. No downsides, just fun especially for the price.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
(TL;DR at the bottom)
A very fun and different card game (at least from what I'm used to).

Where do I start? Hanafuda are a set of 48 playing cards split into 12 groups of 4, each group assigned a Month and a Flower. And each group has art related to its month's flower. So for example, January's 4 cards all have Pine tree depictions in them. Within Hanafuda there are 3 types of illustrations, Normal, Ribbon and Specials (usually wildlife or abstract things like Full Moon (August, Susuki Special)). Each of these is assigned different point values.

All in all I think the concept of Hanafuda cards is really cool. Now on to the most popular game mode, and what this game is actually all about - Koi Koi.

Within Koi Koi it retains the Months and Flowers assigned to the cards as mentioned as before, but now there are 4 types of cards; Plain, Ribbon, Seed and Light.
The game starts with the player (That's you!) picking one of 2 cards, the other being assigned to the opponent. The person with the lowest Month card gets to go first, and is called the "Oya" the other person is the "Ko".
The whole aim of Koi Koi is to form Yaku, or pairs. Each player starts with 8 cards in their hand and then 8 set in the centre of the board. Each player takes turns matching their cards with the ones in the centre, starting with the Oya. The game can last 6 or 12 rounds (depending on your preference).
Once a player forms a pair they are able to call Stop, to gain their points, or if you are feeling lucky you can call "Koi-Koi"(Ahhh that's the name of the game!!) to attempt to make further pairs and therefore more points but be careful because if your opponent then gets a pair they will block your Yaku and you won't get any points that round.

Onto the actual game; personally, I think that this is executely really well. There's a brief tutorial to get you started and there's always the Yaku, and Cards at the side that can be displayed if you get stuck.

Within the game there is Single Player and Multiplayer.
Single Player has a Training mode, where you battle against your guide character (more on that later), and Collection Mode, where you battle an AI from each area in Japan and gain postcards from that region, which are viewable in the gallery (really nice feature in my personal opinion). There are 5 Postcards for Each Region, 40 in total.

There's also Multiplayer mode which I have yet to try out, but in it there is Quick Match where you just jump in and play a randomer, or Lobby mode where you can invite friends (if you're lucky enough to have any).

Currently in the game there are 4 Guide Characters; Meg, Kanna, Mina and Fumi. Each looking quite different from the others, really they just serve as an avatar for practice mode and don't really have much purpose other than that. I guess though you could say they are aesthetically pleasing at least.
That leads me on to my next point; the game has really nice colourful visuals and the art on the cards in particular is really nice. There's also 8 card backs to pick from, which is good and everything is laid out nicely. You'll have no problem navigating the menus etc.
Finally the music. One of my favourite parts of this game. The music just fits the game perfectly, the traditional Japanese sound is sure to be a treat to your ears. You have 4 BGM to choose from and each is a delight.

In Summary
Positives
+ Fun, intuitive gameplay
+ Great Visuals (UI, Character designs, Postcards, Card designs)
+ Nice, appropriate Soundtrack
+ Multiplayer!
+ Collectables that are actually meaningful


Negatives
- No way to define difficulty in Practice mode
- Maybe more of that great music
- More card back designs?
- It's too hard to think of Negatives for the game (Wait... That's actually a positive >_<)

All in all, this is a really fun card game, well worth the £1.39 I paid for it, if not more. Multiplayer and the postcard collectable campaign make the game really replayable. So I definitely would recommend!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
I got this game not thinking much of it, just wanted to try it out.
After the first match where I got utterly destroyed, I thought "Is this another card game I'll end up hating ?"; but nope.

Once you get the hang of it (after a bit of practicing), this game is fun, interesting, intense. You can be on top one second and get yourself kicked down in a couple of rounds. And of course do the same to your opponent. Oh the joy of turning a game around and end up winning !

Totally worth it !
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
This is a lovely game that's gotten a lot more support from the developer than one might have expected. While the game is somewhat minimalistic on the whole, the presentation is nice, nothing feels cheap, the multiplayer works well, there's a good chunk of single player content for a small game, and the worthwhile DLC adds even more for very little money. There's zero reason not to own this if you're a fan of Koi-Koi.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
It's real good and is totally worth the price
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
This game is amazing!
Initially it was a bit much to take in all the combinations but I'm surprised I picked up on it within the first hour.
Yes, this game will be the end to hours and hours of your life. But that is a good thing =)
I got this on sale but after playing it I can say that I would be happy to pay full price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
10/10
Easy to play and understand, hard to dominate, hours of fun, multiplayer is what it needed and now it has it. Perfect casual game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
At $1.99 this seemed like a great deal, I like card/board games converted to computer games and this one seems like a classic.

I wish the cards were altered to make them more distinguishable and also so that their relationships between one another was made more pictorially obvious.

Both the cards and special bonus combinations need to be memorized to be effective at this game. Only then will you know if you truly like this game or not. I have not made this time investment yet, but I kept the game in my library, planning to eventually make this time investment.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
I cannot recommend this game enough! The gameplay is solid, fast paced, and fun. The learning curve is perfect. I often open up the game and play 2 or 3 matches when I just have a few minutes free time. Zoo have put a lot of time and effort tweaking this to make it perfect, constantly upgrading the AI, the UI, the feel and speed of the game. This is a gem of a game, that has been expertly polished. No downsides, just fun especially for the price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Love the game, feels just right for a quick play. For this price you get a lot of relaxing play.
Only minor point is ... lady luck must be smiling, skill has almost nothing to do with this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
to start:

i love hanafuda decks. love the games i've been taught by friends with them.

(i've even loved drunkenly losing money as the nights turn serious, from playful koi-koi variants to cash piles, shot glasses and curses. as the hands get more and more complex, we drink more.)


so even if this game was awful, i'd still enjoy it.

but it's not awful. at all.

since i bought it on a lark, its grown to be both fun against the AI, to now a multiplayer experience. with teaching tools in the game that started as spare as the sheet of paper folded in most physical decks. they have been expanding as the game continues to be updated.

truly, if you're curious about hanafuda decks, have a less than literal mind that can enjoy the fact that cards that "match" (gameplay / scoring wise) don't look identical (some are close, the rest are linked in natural, seasonal and cultural ways) or at the very least if you're just curious about how gorgeous hanafuda cards have always been and are, give it a shot.
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