OBJECTIVE OF HAPPY SALMON: The objective of Happy Salmon is to be the first player to discard all of the cards in your hand.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 to 8 players

MATERIALS: 72 Playing Cards, 1 Happy Salmon Pouch, and 1 Rulebook

TYPE OF GAME: Party Card Game



Happy Salmon is an awesome family game that allows everyone to be involved! Players attempt to match up the action on their card with that of another player, all while ALL of the other players are doing the same thing! When players match actions, they must complete those actions together. The first player to get rid of all the cards in their hand, wins the game, so play close attention.


Firstly, the players will separate the deck of playing cards by color. Each player will then take 12 cards of the same color. They will each shuffle their cards and place them facing down in their hand. The game is ready to begin as soon as all players have their cards positioned properly in their hand.


 Players will begin the game by counting to three. When the players reach the count of three, all players will flip their cards in their hand, making their entire hand face up. Players will play simultaneously. They will each yell the action that is shown on the top of their card.

When two players shout matching actions, they have to complete that action at the same time. Once they have completed the action, the players will discard their cards into the middle of the playing area and begin yelling about the next one. Players do not have to match with the same players every time, most of the time, that will not occur.

No more than two players are able to match an action. If more than two players yell the same action, then the first two players are able to complete the action together. The other player must find someone else to match with. If a player is unable to find a match, they are allowed to move that card to the bottom of their stack instead and continue on to their next card.


The game immediately comes to an end when a player gets rid of all of the cards in their hand and yell “FINISHED”. This player is then declared the winner.

Nakoa Davis