There are card games similar to Go Fish. If you enjoy playing the Go Fish game with your family and friends, you may want to consider the other variations. Since the rules are similar, you don’t have to spend too much time studying the game. At the same time, you and the other players get to enjoy a new form of your favourite card game.

Card games with the same rules as Go Fish

Here are the three card games similar to Go Fish.


This is also known as Canadian Fish. It is a modified version of Go Fish that involves between 4 to 12 players. The players are divided into two teams and are seated alternately from each other.

Before the start of the game, four cards with the same value (usually it is 2’s or 8’s) are removed. That makes the total number of cards down to 48. The cards are then divided into 8 half-suits – the ‘low’ half-suit and the ‘high’ half-suit.

During the game, players will request a card from the other team. The one making the request can only ask for the card that will allow them to complete a half-suit. If the card is not with them, the next player gets their turn.

The team will earn a point if one of their players can complete a half-suit on their own. It is also possible to declare a win even if the cards are distributed among team members. However, the player declaring the win should be able to accurately say who among the team has the respective cards. If not, the win is forfeited. The team with the most half-suits completed will win.

Happy Families

This is a card game from the UK that uses a special kind of picture cards. Instead of the values in a usual pack of cards, Happy Families show photos of family members. Unlike Go Fish, the object of the game is to complete a family of the same occupation. For instance, a family of doctors includes the Father, Mother, Son, and Daughter.

Like Go Fish, this game requires the players to ask for a specific card from others. If the player has it, the requester can take another turn and ask a card from another player. In case the player does not have the card, it becomes their turn to make a request.

The game ends when all of the families are together. The player with the most gathered family will win the game.


This is a card game invented in the Netherlands (where it is more popular as kwartet). It was originally a commercial game created by an Austrian card game company in the 1960s.

The game is played by at least 3 players. The objective of the game is to win the “quarts” or sets of four. The cards usually have each card value in either A’s, B’s, C’s, and D’s (e.g. 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, etc.) After the cards are dealt, the player to the left of the dealer will start by requesting from any of the players for a specific card. If it is with the player, they are forced to hand it over. If not, they get their turn to ask. When the four kinds of a card value are completed, the cards are placed in front of the player. Like the other card games similar to Go Fish, the player with the most completed set will win the game.