Hanabi — named for the Japanese word for “fireworks” and consisting of the ideograms “Flower” and “Fire”—is a cooperative game in which players try to create the perfect fireworks show by placing the cards on the table in the right order.

The card deck consists of five different colors of cards, numbered 1–5 in each color. For each color, the players try to place a row in the correct order from 1–5. Sounds easy, right? Well, not quite, as in this game you hold your cards so that they’re visible only to other players. To assist other players in playing a card, you must give them hints regarding the numbers or the colors of their cards. Players must act as a team to avoid errors and to finish the fireworks display before they run out of cards.

Designer:  Antoine Bauza
Publisher:  Asmodee
Player numbers:  2-5 players
Recommended Age:  8+
Game Time:  25 mins

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2 reviews for Hanabi

  1. David

    One complaint about the co-operative game genre is that you can get ring leaders – people who tell others what to do on their turn. Hanabi addresses this in a clever way by ensuring that no single player has all of the information. That means, nobody can take over the game!

    This card game is so simple to learn and yet so difficult to master. It has a genuine sense of tension: am I playing the right card, or should I be discarding it? And if I get it wrong, will we all lose the game as a result? Everybody is watching you and relying on you to make the right call, based on the flimsiest of clues!

    Very addictive, and a brilliant way to get the pulse racing on game night!

  2. Kyle

    Hanabi is a beautifully elegant and simple, co-operative game that is very quick to teach and learn with a high replayability.

    Games are always fun but can becomes tense, especially in the later game where every decision is crucial.

    I would recommend this game as a must to everyone, even non-gamers.

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