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Happy Salmon

Happy Salmon

Spring 2016 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: North Star Games LLC
Price: $14.95

Happy Salmon is a high-fiving, fist-bumping, fast-paced simple card game for 3-6 players that's nothing short of total fun. The game consists of 72 action cards, a rulebook and a whimsical happy salmon carrying case.

After the cards are dealt, all players call out the action on their top card hoping to find someone with a matching action. The actions are: High-Five, Pound It, Happy Salmon, and the one that literally keeps the game moving - the Switcheroo! If one player finds another with a matching action, they perform the action and discard their card; the first player to get rid of all of her/his cards wins. The game is very loud (which is part of the fun) but there is also a silent version where actions are performed without talking.

As soon as the game begins, a crazy orchestra of action-yelling, players high-fiving, fist-bumping and flipping their fins ensues; add in players switching positions and the chaos is undeniably fun. Spectators enjoy watching people play this game as much as the players like playing! Each round of the game goes by very quickly, so no one is left out for long. Happy Salmon is tons of fun for (literally) all ages! From my 7 year old son to my 73 year old mother, and with teenagers and young adults in between, everyone had fun playing Happy Salmon.

Missy Williams   ©2016 Parents' Choice

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