For Hwatu, the usual playing time for one round ranges from 10 to 180 minutes depending on how many people play. The game is pretty straight forward, so it’s not as slow-paced as many people may think. However, it does require some basic knowledge of the suits and the cards so for beginners, it might take a little longer.
And again, if you’re looking for a rather fast-paced game that could be played quickly in a matter of seconds, Sutda is what you’re looking for.
Being a Japanese game, you may wonder how the traditional Japanese games made its way over to Korea. Well, it was during the Japanese annexation of Korea when the game was brought over to Korea by Japanese forces and culture.
Although this may seem a little off topic, I find it essential for people to know the history of the two games and their origins.
During the annexation of Korea, Japan forced Koreans to alter a lot of their culture and government so that it would be similar to that of the Japanese. As a result, Hwatu and Sutda was brought over.
The two games are so popular in Japan that it has inspired Japanese cartoon artists to base characters upon the game, and even include the game within the cartoons, as a major feature of the movie or cartoon.
These cartoons include the famous Dragonball Z, Naruto, and a recent Japanese anime movie, Summer Wars.
Koi-Koi itself is a very complicated game, much more complicated than Sutda. It is generally played among the elders at family gatherings and ceremonies. Recently, I have began playing this game with my brother and cousins, but they always play on high stakes, so it’s demanding for me.
Nonetheless, you could say that it’s in similar grounds to Sutda when its comes to addiction rate.
If you prefer longer games rather than quick and short-paced games, I suggest you play Hwatu rather than Sutda.
As mentioned before, Koi-Koi, or Hwatu, uses the same cards as Sutda, just in greated numbers.
This is a picture of the entire deck…
As you can see, there are four different suits, just like poker. (Twelve for each suit)
What’s so difficult about this game, is the scoring system. Each card earns the player a different sum of points. However, the points can alter depending on how many and the order the player plays his hand.
Although the rules for this game might be different from Sutda, they use the same cards and suits, so its easier for Sutda-players to get accustomed to the game.
Our new game originates from Japan, and is called Koi-Koi. You use the same cards, but instead of using only 20, the game requires 48 cards. This game is also popular among friends and family members. It is sometimes considered a tradition to play this game among family members (usually the elders) during family gatherings or ceremonies.
We know this game by its Korean derived name, Hwatu.
If you’ve been a persistent member of my blog, which I highly doubt, than I suggest you give this game a try. Although the directions and rules of the game might not be clearly stated on my blog, I’ll provide you with some links that will help you get a better general understanding of the game.
However, if you know that you have a problem with gambling, and unable to control yourself when it comes to highly addictive games and etc, I do not recommend this game for you. If you’ve been reading all my comments, then you know that my brother had a strong addiction to this game, and he did lose a lot of money, even though it was among his friends. Anyhow, if you’re certain that you’re going to build an strong habit for this game, I suggest you don’t start.
Aside from that, Sutda is a fun and simple game.