"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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Release Date: Apr 27, 2015

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June 22

Bug fix [ver2.0.1]

Thank you everyone for your feedback following our big update last week.
We've fixed many of the bugs that were reported and are uploading a new
version now.

In addition to fixing bugs related to multiplayer games and background music
we've also added some new functionality. This includes 2 additional flower
card designs and additional functionality related to seeing your opponent's
Steam profile information and adding an opponent as a Steam friend.

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

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June 16

Updated [ver2.0.0]

Online Multiplayer support added!! [ver2.0.0]


Many players have been asking and we’re excited to announce that Koi-Koi
Japan now supports Steam online multiplayer games!

Also in this update:
* Steam achievements have been added
* We’ve redesigned the main screen
* Several minor bugs from the previous version are fixed
* Some additional effects have been added

It’s a big update and we don’t think there should be any problems.
However if you notice a bug please post in the forum and we’ll try to fix
right away.

Some things we’re still working on:
* Some German translation remains
* Additional types of multiplayer rankings to be added

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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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1
    • Processor: 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible sound
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Firehawk
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Sometimes on days after work when there's nothing decent on tv (often), the gf isn't available yet or one just doesn't want to go through even more stress after somehow not beating the living crap out of insufferable bosses, a simple and easy way to relax is what everyone really needs. A card game, for one, that is easygoing enough to make one laugh even if on the losing side yet challenging enough to keep you going for a long time, waiting for the chance to show an overconfident opponent that no victory is certain until the game is still in session and revel in the glory of your skill to the amusement of those watching with you. Games like that are far and few between in today's world but there are still some that rise up to the challenge, and while there are those that cannot meet the expectations of people looking at them, some are much more endearing you'd see from one at first glance.

This is one such game where with a deck of cards you can play Koi-Koi against an AI or real opponent once you've completed the short but beginner friendly tutorial, through either 6 or 12 rounds and take points from the other by completing hands not unlike in mahjongg, though this can only be played with two people. Since the system gives hints on which cards can be used by highlighting their borders, there's no need to know all of them by heart which makes playing easier, especially to those who like to take their time planning ahead. This is more noticeable in multiplayer since unlike when playing alone, during a 2 persons session you have a time limit to decide how to proceed, and when there are multiple possibilities to choose from, even one can be the final push to in a well played match.

Once it launches a very nice graphical style greets the player with customizable backside for the cards and pictures that are reminiscent of Ukyo-e art, depicting the flowers and months of the year that form the combinations with which one wins. This may seem a bit lacking to those who like visually well developed games as there's little to see aside from the cards we're playing with, but this also can be a good feature since there's no trap suggesting that you can undress your partners more than they are planned to. It also has many postcards from various regions of Japan that can be obtained through wins in campaing mode, showing many famous tourist spots which may be familiar to those who also bought Go Go Nippon ~My First Trip to Japan~.

Much like its visual side this game also offers a surprisingly small collection of tracks one can listen to during a match that can become repetitive after a while, though a few songs also hail back to the soundtrack of Okami with the instruments that are heard. Particularly the one that plays once a players calls koi koi is fairly similar to the piece called Competition of Idaten, thus creating a nice atmosphere as the session progresses to an exciting stage. Sadly, this also means that simply starting up the OST containing them might be a better choice, providing a more satisfying experience that way.

It should come as no surprise that Koi Koi Japan is not a game that would be called outstanding even if you wished, offering only a modest amount of fun not found in crowded places nor online shooters, but rather in the company of one you enjoy more than anything. It doesn't try to pretend to be more it actually is, so while this certainly feels a little too simplified at times, that still doesn't make for a less enjoyable release. I do recommend it to anyone interested in Japanese culture with some pleasant entertainment along the ride, and though the base price is a little steep it's worth buying at big sales.
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Eiya
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
If you know what Hanafuda is then you want this
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teexuan
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Nice. Easy to learn as well for those who just started playing. Adding the online multiplayer was the right thing to do (Y)
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Luba
( 31.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
This game is great for anyone wanting to play Koi-Koi on your PC. It looks pretty, has good music, is easy to play (even without knowledge of the rules etc.) and now there's even a multiplayer! Unfortunately there are very, very few people playing so you'll have a hard time finding opponents unless friends of yours play this game too, but if you have enough patience, you'll eventually find someone to play with. All in all a very enjoyable little game - if you want to play Koi-Koi that is (obviously :D).
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OctoberFox
( 47.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
I just plain love it!

Hanafuda is a tough game to describe. When people ask me about it I usually just say “It's a lot like Go Fish, but with a deck of Japanese flower cards”. This is only partially true, the game is a bit deeper than that, but at it's core the game mixes chance and strategy into a really fun, really unique match game. The cards, the rules and the scoring can appear daunting at first, but once I got the hang of it (I have some experience with this game elsewhere) it is a really great and unique card game.

The graphics are crisp in windowed mode. The cards are very easy to identify and look very bright. Other images such as avatar designs, backgrounds, and menu screen are also well designed, uncomplicated, and have a very neat and clear presentation.

The music can be a bit repetitive, but has been improved immensely in the latest version. WOW! The track playing is a lot softer and more melodic than before, and sounds really well done. It has a very Asian tone to it and is reminiscent of what massage therapists might play during a session. Very relaxing.

I had complained about the card animations a bit in my old version of this review, but that has also been vastly improved. The animations are fluid and easy on the eyes, everything in this game just feels so polished now.

There are a few areas where the player may customize the looks of the cards and various other options to streamline the overall presentation of the game. It is a nice feature to have, and really shows that a good amount of work has been put into making this a quality game.

The tutorial is very well written and covers most of the basics. I already knew how to play going in, but I learned a little more simply reading up in the game's tutorial mode. I can see how this would have helped immensely when I'd first picked up Koi-Koi, as this really would have helped demystify the cards and the hands, and helped me to better understand how matching works. In a console version of Hanafuda there was really not much help, so the tutorial here is definitely beneficial.

More modes would have been nice, especially with changing local rules, which the tutorial itself mentions a couple of times. The rules can change from location to location, but in the game's settings the rules are not alterable except for choosing between 6 rounds or 12 rounds. The option to tailor rules for more advanced players would have been most welcome.

[UPDATE] Multiplayer has been added, which is just fantastic. I haven't tried it yet but I was one of the fans here asking for a multiplayer mode, and the developers have delivered!

Bottom line; Huge improvements on an already terrific game. This is THE Hanafuda game to play now. Enthusiastically recommended!
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¤ Zemljanika
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Type: Card game, "Hanafuda", Japanese
Rating: Very positive
This is for: casual gamers, card game lovers, people interested in foreign cultures

Since the game has a high learning curve, it's advised to finish the tutorial. You've probably played Solitaire and remember that you need to match the according colours (red on black etc.). Hanafuda requires you to do a bit more: you're supposed to collect cards and form certain patterns, "yaku", which will each award you certain points. Obviously, the winner takes it all and whoever has the most points in round 12 wins. I'm saying the learning curve is high because you need to learn the patterns by heart. Deer-boar-flower belongs together. Miss one of the cards when it's on the table and you'll bite yourself. But don't you worry! Simply play some games and try to pick up as much as you can. There's an in-game help which displays all the possible patterns if you need them.

Personally, I like casual games and sometimes, I just want to relax. While this game is somewhat difficult at first, you'll soon get the hang of it and enjoy the simplicity of it. For once, you don't need to shoot anybody, you can lay back and make your decisions. It's both rewarding and challenging, a perfect combination. Recently, the game also got updated and is now available in multiplayer mode, which is the main reason why this game is so fantastic. Want to play with your friends and show them you're both smart and relaxed?! This is the game for you.
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stupidperson
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Fun game to pass sometime in. Thank devs for the MultiPlayer! The new UI and backgrounds are awesome addition too. Would love to see the community for this grow!

Pro:
-Fun game
-Easy to learn
-Now with multiplayer (woohoo)

Cons:
-some multiplayer bugs/hang ups here and there
-smaller community so finding opponents may take awhile
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s8
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
ver2.0.0 saikou! New UI and animation, + online multiplayer.
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Shaddow
( 60.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
They added online multiplayer!!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
KOEH☆RUMEHLU
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Now the ultimate Hanafuda experience.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
ver2.0.0 saikou! New UI and animation, + online multiplayer.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This game is great for anyone wanting to play Koi-Koi on your PC. It looks pretty, has good music, is easy to play (even without knowledge of the rules etc.) and now there's even a multiplayer! Unfortunately there are very, very few people playing so you'll have a hard time finding opponents unless friends of yours play this game too, but if you have enough patience, you'll eventually find someone to play with. All in all a very enjoyable little game - if you want to play Koi-Koi that is (obviously :D).
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
They added online multiplayer!!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Such an enjoyable game. Remembering all the sets of cards is a problem for me.

Pros- Time will fly fast, matches are not long, you can do as many as you want because there isn't a system of energy or points that prevent you from playing, easy to understand - you can start playing without the tutorial

Cons- There are no animations nor cute girl talking that you can see in the video.... Where are they hiding? There aren't infra-steam matches with other players- only you and the computer
Overall I like it. It makes you taste a sense of childhood when granpa was playing with friends and family
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Type: Card game, "Hanafuda", Japanese
Rating: Very positive
This is for: casual gamers, card game lovers, people interested in foreign cultures

Since the game has a high learning curve, it's advised to finish the tutorial. You've probably played Solitaire and remember that you need to match the according colours (red on black etc.). Hanafuda requires you to do a bit more: you're supposed to collect cards and form certain patterns, "yaku", which will each award you certain points. Obviously, the winner takes it all and whoever has the most points in round 12 wins. I'm saying the learning curve is high because you need to learn the patterns by heart. Deer-boar-flower belongs together. Miss one of the cards when it's on the table and you'll bite yourself. But don't you worry! Simply play some games and try to pick up as much as you can. There's an in-game help which displays all the possible patterns if you need them.

Personally, I like casual games and sometimes, I just want to relax. While this game is somewhat difficult at first, you'll soon get the hang of it and enjoy the simplicity of it. For once, you don't need to shoot anybody, you can lay back and make your decisions. It's both rewarding and challenging, a perfect combination. Recently, the game also got updated and is now available in multiplayer mode, which is the main reason why this game is so fantastic. Want to play with your friends and show them you're both smart and relaxed?! This is the game for you.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I just plain love it!

Hanafuda is a tough game to describe. When people ask me about it I usually just say “It's a lot like Go Fish, but with a deck of Japanese flower cards”. This is only partially true, the game is a bit deeper than that, but at it's core the game mixes chance and strategy into a really fun, really unique match game. The cards, the rules and the scoring can appear daunting at first, but once I got the hang of it (I have some experience with this game elsewhere) it is a really great and unique card game.

The graphics are crisp in windowed mode. The cards are very easy to identify and look very bright. Other images such as avatar designs, backgrounds, and menu screen are also well designed, uncomplicated, and have a very neat and clear presentation.

The music can be a bit repetitive, but has been improved immensely in the latest version. WOW! The track playing is a lot softer and more melodic than before, and sounds really well done. It has a very Asian tone to it and is reminiscent of what massage therapists might play during a session. Very relaxing.

I had complained about the card animations a bit in my old version of this review, but that has also been vastly improved. The animations are fluid and easy on the eyes, everything in this game just feels so polished now.

There are a few areas where the player may customize the looks of the cards and various other options to streamline the overall presentation of the game. It is a nice feature to have, and really shows that a good amount of work has been put into making this a quality game.

The tutorial is very well written and covers most of the basics. I already knew how to play going in, but I learned a little more simply reading up in the game's tutorial mode. I can see how this would have helped immensely when I'd first picked up Koi-Koi, as this really would have helped demystify the cards and the hands, and helped me to better understand how matching works. In a console version of Hanafuda there was really not much help, so the tutorial here is definitely beneficial.

More modes would have been nice, especially with changing local rules, which the tutorial itself mentions a couple of times. The rules can change from location to location, but in the game's settings the rules are not alterable except for choosing between 6 rounds or 12 rounds. The option to tailor rules for more advanced players would have been most welcome.

[UPDATE] Multiplayer has been added, which is just fantastic. I haven't tried it yet but I was one of the fans here asking for a multiplayer mode, and the developers have delivered!

Bottom line; Huge improvements on an already terrific game. This is THE Hanafuda game to play now. Enthusiastically recommended!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
I love this game and it is now multi player<3<3<3 I am wondering if they will update this too for 360 controller cause sometimes I just wanna chill in my bed while playing cards
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Fun game to pass sometime in. Thank devs for the MultiPlayer! The new UI and backgrounds are awesome addition too. Would love to see the community for this grow!

Pro:
-Fun game
-Easy to learn
-Now with multiplayer (woohoo)

Cons:
-some multiplayer bugs/hang ups here and there
-smaller community so finding opponents may take awhile
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Nice. Easy to learn as well for those who just started playing. Adding the online multiplayer was the right thing to do (Y)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
If you know what Hanafuda is then you want this
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