What Is the Card Game for Squid Games?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re one of the millions of people who have watched the hit Korean Netflix series “Squid Game,” then you’ve likely heard about the card game that plays a crucial role in the show. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what the game is all about and how it’s played.

The card game in “Squid Game” is called “ddakji” (also spelled as “ttakji” or “ddakji-tagi”) and it’s a popular childhood game in Korea. It involves flipping over small cardboard squares called ddakji, which have pictures on one side and are blank on the other side. The aim of the game is to flip over your opponent’s ddakji by throwing your own ddakji onto it.

The Rules of Ddakji

To play ddakji, you need two players and a set of ddakji cards. Each player chooses an equal number of cards from the deck, with pictures facing down. Players then take turns flipping over their cards to reveal their picture sides.

Once both players have revealed their cards, they place them on top of each other so that they overlap slightly. Players then take turns throwing another card at the stack, trying to flip over as many cards as possible. The player who manages to flip all their opponent’s cards wins.

Types of Ddakji Cards

There are different types of ddakji cards used in the game, each with its unique picture and point value:

  • Geomeun Ddakji: This card has a green picture on one side and is worth one point.
  • Hong Ddakji: This card has a red picture on one side and is worth two points.
  • Chung Ddakji: This card has a blue picture on one side and is worth three points.
  • Yellow Ddakji: This card has a yellow picture on one side and is worth four points.

How to Win at Ddakji

To win at ddakji, you need to flip over all your opponent’s cards by throwing your own cards at them. The game requires a combination of skill, strategy, and luck, as you need to aim accurately while also trying to outsmart your opponent.


Ddakji is an exciting and popular game in Korea that has been around for generations. It’s easy to learn but challenging to master, making it a great pastime for people of all ages.

If you’re a fan of “Squid Game,” then this game may have piqued your interest even more. Why not give it a try and see if you can become the next ddakji champion?