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Happy Salmon (2016) is a communication game where players aim to complete funny actions with each other to get rid of their cards. You turn over a card and race to find another player with the same so you can complete an action together. It's chaotic and silly but a lot of fun as players shout, fist bump, high five, swap and salmon their way to victory.

You start by sorting the deck into different coloured piles, each with 12 cards in them. Then each player takes a deck and holds them in their hand face down. The decks contain 3 sets of 4 different cards, which all represent a different action that must be completed to get rid of the card. For example, a Happy Salmon card requires players to flap their arms into each other in a fishy greeting.

When all players are standing and ready, you all go at once. To discard a card you must match the top card with the card of another player and complete the relevant action on the card. You do this by shouting the name of your card until you find a match. If you become frustrated with your card, you can swap it to the bottom and try again. The winner is the first player to discard all 12 of their cards and call out finished.

It's a funny silly mess of shouting and dance-like moves. With the right group, it's a lot of fun and has you hooked within a matter of minutes and leaves you in fits of laughter, even if you don't win.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Happy Salmon 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication game with Action elements. You can play with 3 to 8 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 1 minute to learn. When you first start, show players the four action cards and get them to practise the actions outside of a competitive game, then dive straight in. Make sure that you play whilst standing and that there is enough space to move about in.

Play Time: This game will take between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Even younger players may still be able to play once they have had the symbols on the cards explained to them and are with the right group of players.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


Happy Salmon usually costs £12.99.

Happy Salmon

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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2016

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 3-8

Genres: Communication and Action

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards

Developer: Game Of Kittens (@GameOfKittens)

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