Hanabi Card Game
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- For 2-5 players
- 2013 Spiele des Jahres Game of the Year
- Takes about 20-30 minutes to play
- 60 Hanabi cards, 8 Blue Clock Tokens, 4 Black Fuse Tokens
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UPDATE 7/8: It's won the 2013 Spiel des Jahres Award.
~Component & Rule Overview~
First impressions of the game is that the box is a lot smaller than I thought it is. The components are a simple deck of 50 cards and some tokens. The cards are a slightly smaller in size than Dominion card game cards (european standard). The box is very easy to pocket and take along someplace.
Gameplay is simple but deep. You and your fellow "pyrotechnicians" are in charge of playing your fireworks cards from your hand in concert playing cards of five different fireworks colors in ascending order from 1 to 5 somewhat similar to playing and categorizing like the well-known card game Solitaire. The goal is to score a perfect score of 25 points (5 colors with 5 numbers)
The twist to this game is that the players know everyone's hands but their own hand and communication is limited by the number of blue timer tokens on the table and the ways they can describe a player's hand (e.g. "you have this one color/number here, here, and here").
Choices on your turn are few but significant. Give one piece of information to help a fellow person out and discard a timer token, discard a card (and hopefully not a rare number 5 card) to get a timer token back, or play a card on to the table hoping the card works with the other cards on the table or else lose a fuse token which would you take you closer to ending the game.
I really like this game. Setup and break down is a breeze. Its games mechanics and choices are simple, but the choices made can have lasting consequences overall.Read more ›
Whatever I thought initially, hear me now: this game is fantastic.
Hanabi is a simple game that isn't easy. That is, the rules can be taught in two minutes or less with attentive players, but the game is very difficult to win. Player turns involve either playing a card, giving a clue (and discarding a clue token), or discarding a card (to get a clue token back). That's it.
What makes this game fantastic is the way players have to work together to manage information. Clues are scarce, so players have to make inferences--to risk--and trust that their teammates are playing well. And if you ever get bored, there are multiple variants and additional cards to increase the difficulty, ensuring you'll get a lot out of the package.
The game plays very well from two to five (you have less information but more control with two; the opposite at five), and it is small enough to fit into a pocket or small bag, meaning you can take it everywhere. (My copy stays in my backpack just in case.)
The experiences this game provides are a steal for the low price you'll pay. I don't think you'll regret getting this game.
I like cooperative games but the oldest prefers the destroy opponent games, but he was the one who called for this last night. It has a unique game mechanic that I really like...you turn your cards around so everybody can see your cards but you can't see your own. This adds to the dimension of the game in simple things like holding your cards up so others can see, and picking up cards while suppressing the surprisingly strong instinct to look at the card as you draw. I keep having to remind the little one not to look at their cards. It keeps the kids and adults on their toes as you have to think about the choices and opportunity costs of the three action options you have each turn...giving information vs playing a card, vs discarding. Another thing I really like is unlike the other two cooperative games, this isn't simply you win or you lose as a team, but you have a measure of how good you did by adding up your score and the instruction book has a range of how you did while shooting for the perfect score. Once we get there, we'll add in the rainbow cards (included) for added expansion.Read more ›
But really, the price it's being sold for on here is absurd. I picked up a my copy for $7 from a different online store, and the box lists the MSRP is at $10.95. If I spend $30 on the game, I'd get it, enjoy it, but think that it was too expensive and lament not getting Dominion, Power Grid, Puerto Rico, 7 Wonders or any number of other games at that price point. So get it... just not here (until they bring the cost in line with its actual value).
-- EDIT 6/11/2014 --
So it's been a good year or so since I bought Hanabi. It continues to be wonderful, and my wife and I continue to have a wonderful time playing it with two, and enjoy introducing others to it. A few updates, though. 1) It's great to see that R&R have got the reprint everywhere so the cost is right where it should be. In fact, you should probably buy a few copies and save them as presents for people. 2) I thought seriously about bumping my review up to the 5-star mark, but one thing has been clear over the year - the color palate for the game is not the best. Unless you're playing in a really bright room, we've found the white and yellow cards, and to a lesser extent the blue and green cards, tend to blur into one another. We've taken to replacing the white cards with the extra rainbow deck to make our lives a bit easier. This is only a minor annoyance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The fun part about Hanabi is you can't see your own hand, just everyone else's. I prefer cooperative games over competitive games. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jessica H.
This little game packs a big punch.
It is a collaborative card game where players give clues to play cards together into piles. Read more
Love this game. Easy to carry around, easy to learn, and fun to give as gifts. I like that it requires team work and collaboration. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Anvi N Tran
Amazing game, quick delivery, and the game was incredibly new!!!! Loved every minute of the process!Published 8 days ago by Ian F. Grotenhuis
Came in perfect condition and in a timely manner. It is one of my boyfriend's favorite games and he takes it everywhere with him when he travels through the states! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was introduced to this game by my son, who plays it often with his family. We couldn't STOP playing it, and we had many laughs. Read morePublished 24 days ago by joan stubbs
Such a fun game and it is nice to be on the same team not vying against one another!Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Hanabi is amazing! I've never played anything like it. At first glance, it can seem fairly simple, but once you gain some experience there's room to improve the ingeniousness of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timothy Mueller-Harder