Players work cooperatively in this clever deduction card game with an electrifying twist! Each player is dealt a hand of 5 cards, but the catch is that you can see everyone’s cards except your own. Working together, you must share (and remember!) vital information to play cards in the proper launch sequence. Light them all to create a dazzling display and avoid a fizzling fiasco!  2013 Spiel des Jahres winner, designed by Antoine Bauza.

Fireworks Year Round

By: Michael K


   Hanabi Card Game is like enjoying a fireworks show with those you love. For that reason this is one of those games that has a burst of fun.  Of course, the word “fun” is relative to the universe of games where everyone has their own definition of what defines a game and how it translate to the “fun” factor”. But when you see reviews that place a game at the top of the pack, you have to give credit where credit is due.  


   Remember that game Go Fish?  Hanabi Card Game’s objective is to complete sets of colors.  However, there is a catch.  You can’t see your cards but you can see everyone else’s cards.  To demonstrate is the video that covers the quick style of playing Hanabi in less than 5 minutes.  


   Hanabi Card Game would best be described as a cooperative game.  In brief, you give each player clues about what their cards are and then they have to play a card “blindly”.  Build stacks of cards in order.  Primarily, a logic game which requires players to give those hints to one of the other players which cards they have in color or number then work as a team to try to put every color card in order, therefore a team effort, not individual.  


   I had a few comments that asked how you could not see your cards when all the other players could.  Duh….sorry….that is a no brainer.  You hold your cards backwards so that all the players except yourselves know which cards you hold in your hand.  Don’t worry if you put yourself in that group of wondering….because I found one of the comments from a tech genius that can code computers but can often times be brain tied….so remember, this game is cooperative.  You do not compete against each other, but rather all either win or lose together.  And it is not easy to do….it is not possible for a single person to dominate strategy for your team.  Let the fireworks begin….or at least the “sparklers“.  

Let's Go To The Hanabi Firewords