Koi Koi is a 2-player Japanese card game in which you basically match up
cards of the same suit. The goal of the game is to form card combinations
that can earn you Yakus or points that can win you the game. It's
surprisingly simple once you get the hang of it.
If you don't know how to play Koi Koi, you're in luck. I've made a
complete guide on how to play the game. Click on the Hanafuda section in the
left column of the page to view the guide. The game
isn't as complex as mahjong which is why everything fitted in a single page.
Of course, I didn't really mention anything about strategy but hey, I don't
know too much strategy-wise myself.
Just like Lovely Pop Mahjong, Koi Koi Shimasyo 2 is incredibly beginner's
friendly. Light indicator above each card in hand light up in blue during
your turn to indicate that you can make a pair with another card on table.
It lights up in another color, orange-red, to tell you that you can win if
you discard that card. Check the screenshot to your left. Another neat
feature is what happens when you win. As it lists each card combination
made, it also highlights the card combination themselves, to show you what
each listed were in case you don't have a clue what you made. Its a great
feature to help you understand the scoring system and in learning the card
The artwork itself resemble the same art style used in Lovely Pop
Mahjong. However, it isn't as animated, mainly due to the amount of
characters in the game which is 8. There are only 2 cut-scenes for each
opponent. One cut-scene is shown after your first round win of the match,
the other is shown when you win the match and defeat the opponent.
The game is fairly difficult. Probably it's more difficult because I
don't know how to play Koi Koi all too well myself :)
What's odd about this game is that the initial deal in the beginning of
the game seems to be fixed. The cards on table are always of different suit.
There never is an instance in which 2 or more cards of the same suit are on
table on opening deal. Plus you can't seem to get 3 or more cards of the
same suit in your opening hand as well. The game seems to prevent these
situations from occurring.