Koala and Wine is a simple, quick to learn, short and fun card game
Each player starts with a secret selection of glasses
To WIN be the last player to possess glasses on the table. You LOSE when you don’t have any glass left.
Along the game try to steal as many glasses as possible from the other players and remember the exact position of your glasses when the Sommelier will ask you to reveal one of your glasses.
You will also have to support the Wine lobbyists to eliminate glasses from other players.
The koalas on the Green actions cards will help you during the game.
The Oenologist allows you to have a glance at a glass on the table.
The Tipsy taster swaps two glasses to bring confusion.
The Grape picker takes a card from the hand of another player.
And if someone tries to steal one of your glasses with the Wine thieves, use your Stop! Thieves card.
🍷 Steal wine 🍷
Remember the glasses’ position 🧠
🐨 Have fun with the Koalas🐨
Objective of the game
Don’t get eliminated
You are eliminated when you don’t have any more glasses of wine in your possession
The game ends when there is only one player left
The last player with glasses on the table wins the game
Sample round video
Have a look at our sample round video to see how easy it is to play Koala and Wine!
To view the full details of the rules keep scrolling down.
How to start the game
Each player starts with 3 glasses (glass cards) and 3 hands cards.
1. Serve the glass
Before distributing 3 glass cards per player, pick as many of each type of glass card as you have players (for example, if there are three players you take three red, three rose and three white glasses).
Mix the glasses and distribute three glasses per player without revealing them. You start with three glass cards face down in front of each player.
2. Memorise your glass
There are 3 types of wine: Rosé, Red and White wine distributed randomly among the players.
You can only see your 3 glasses at once at the beginning of the game (do not reveal your glass cards to the others). When the game starts, all the glass cards are turned face down.
Remember the type of wine and the position of your glasses!
3. Distribute the hand cards
You can have 3 different types of hand cards:
- The “Wine thieves” cards
- The “Green” cards
- The “Stop! thieves” cards (see below for more details)
If you received a BLACK (Sommelier / Wine Lobbyists) or GREY card (Wine Fare), put the card back in the middle of the drawing deck and draw a new card.
4. Start to play
The youngest player starts the game (or the oldest, cutest, smartest, you decide!)
On the online version we did the setup for you! All you have to do is remember your 3 glasses and start the game!
How to play:
When it’s your turn to play:
1. Play your hand cards
Play your hand cards to steal glasses, swap cards, or pick hand cards from the others!
You can play as many Green cards as you want and only one Wine thieves card per turn.
There is NO order with your hand cards, you can play an action card and then try to steal a glass. You can also use the Oenologist to inspect a glass, steal it and then swap it with the Tipsy taster!
NB: For the first round (until each player as played once), you can only play ONE hand card per person. From the second round, each turn you can play:
– as many Green cards as you want
– one Wine thieves card
On the online version Click on the hand card you want to play then click on the glass(es) or the player you want to target
2. Finish your turn by drawing
Always finish your turn by drawing.
When you are done, draw a card from the drawing deck to finish your turn.
You always show the card drawn (so the others can check if it is a Black or Grey card with instant effect).
After drawing, if you have less than three cards in your hand you can draw again. You can keep drawing until you have 3 hand cards to start the next turn.
On the online version: Click on “end turn and draw a card”. the card drawn is automatically revealed to all players.
NB: Before drawing, you can’t finish your turn with more than 5 hand cards. If you have 5 hand cards or more, you will have to discard some of them before being able to draw.
Keep in mind: During a game, the longer you play, the higher the chance to draw a Grey card or a dangerous Black card.
What are the hand cards?
Wine thieves cards
To steal glasses from the other players. A Wine thieves card is specific to one type of wine (Red, Rosé or White wine)
Tips: remember the type of the glass cards!
You can only play one Wine thieves card per turn, even if you failed.
How to play a thieves card:
- Announce and show to other players that you are playing a Wine thieves card for a dedicated type of wine (you are trying to steal this type of wine.)
- Indicate on the table the glass card you want the thieves koalas to take.
The glass card is then revealed to all players.
- If the glass card is matching the thieves type of wine,
well done you win the glass card. Take the card and put it next to your glass card selection, face down. The thief card goes to the discard card.
- Unfortunately, if the glass doesn’t contain the same type of wine as the Wine thieves card, the targeted player will keep the glass card and win your thief card. The glass card stays in its initial position, face down.
You can only play one Wine thieves card per turn, even if you failed.
See the following animation on how to play a Wine thieves card for more information:
Stop! Thieves cards:
If you are lucky you may have a Stop! thieves card
When another player is attacking you with a Wine thieves card, you can decide to use your STOP card.
The STOP card will directly stop the koala thieves. You don’t need to reveal your glass card and you win the Wine thieves card.
Yes! take the Wine thieves card that was used against you. You will be able to play the thief card during your next turn.
Once played she STOP card goes to the discard.
No, you can’t stop a BLACK Card
Green actions cards
You can play as many Green actions cards as you want per round.
The Oenologist allows you to have a glance at a glass on the table. Call the koala expert to discover the type of wine of the glass cards on the table!
When you play the card, choose a glass card on the table and check if it is a Red, Rose or White wine. Only you can see glass card. Do not reveal its content to the other players
Yes! you can check any glass on the table include on of your glass cards. Only you can see the type of wine and you can’t say it to another player.
On the online version click on your Action card then click on the glass you want to see (only you can see the type of wine)
The Tipsy taster
Koala has drunk a bit too much, he is now mixing the glass position! The Tipsy taster swaps the position of two glasses to bring confusion without revealing the glasses.
You can swap any glasses on the table. You are not allowed to see nor reveal the two glass cards.
Examples: Swap two glasses of the same player, a glass of a player with a glass of another player, one of your glass card with another player’s glass card etc. No one can see the type of wine of the swapped glasses.
On the online version click on your Action card then click on the two glasses you want to swap
The Grape picker
The Grape picker takes a card from the hand of another player. Simply play the card and take a random card from the hand of another player.
Yes, try to take the Stop card!
You are allow to play the card you picked with the Grape picker (Except it is a Wine thieves and you have already played a Thieves card)
On the online version click on your Action card then click on the name of player you want to pick a card
The Grey and Black cards to draw
In the drawing deck you are likely to find special cards: Black cards and Grey cards, which will test your memory (or luck).
If you draw one of these special cards, you have no option but to play them straight away.
Once you have played the Grey or Black card, if you have less than 3 cards in your hand you can draw again (If you decide to draw again and draw another Grey or Black card you also have to play it).
You can’t stop the action of a Grey or Black card
Every player reveals one of their glasses to everyone. Once every player is happy (5-10seconds) the glass cards come back face down at their initial position. Then, the wine fair card goes to the discard.
On the online version: All player must click on the glass you decide to reveal – all the selected glass cards will be visible to everyone for a few seconds before turning face down again
You must show one of YOUR glasses with the requested type of wine to all other players.
- If you reveal a glass card with the correct type of wine, nothing happens you can keep your glass in its initial position facing down.
- But if you fail to show a glass card with the right type of wine, you will lose the selected glass!
- If you don’t have a glass card with the right type of wine, you will also lose one of your glasses!
On the online version: click on the glass you want to show
You must eliminate one of the OTHER PLAYERS’ glasses with the requested type of wine.
Designate a glass card of another player. All player will be able to see the type of wine of the glass:
- If the type of wine match the Wine lobbyists request, the glass is eliminated.
- But if you fail to designate a correct type of wine, your opoonant can keep is glass card (face down) and you will be the one losing a glass! The targeted player will choose which of your glass you will lose.
Each time a card Wine lobbyist is drawn, a player loses a glass
On the online version: click on the glass you want to eliminate
NB: Once played, the Black cards go back to the middle of the drawing deck. So the more you play, the more likely you are to draw a Black card!
On the online version: the probability of drawing a Black card is displayed with the “% chances of Black” next to the drawing deck
Sample round video
Now that you know the rules, have a look at our sample round video to see how easy it is to play Koala and Wine!
Variant rules for 2 or 3 players
Now that you have played Koala and Wine, you may want to spice the 2 or 3 players rules.
Here our suggested variant:
For the setup
- 2 glass cards per person (instead of 3)
- 3 hand cards per person
- and 3 additional glass cards in the middle, turn face down (like the glass cards of another player).
If you want to steal a glass card, steal the middle glass cards first!
Players can only use the “Wine thieves” card against another player if there is no glass card left in the middle.
If you tried to steal a glass card in the middle but failed to target the correct type of wine, then your Wine thieves card goes back in middle of the drawing deck.
When you draw a Black card
You can target the middle glass cards if you draw a card Wine Lobbyist