Should I Play Hanabi?

Is Hanabi fun to play?

Players: 2 – 5 players | Game Duration 20 – 30 mins |
Min. Age 8+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Card Games, Deduction, Memory
Solo game mode: No | Co-op: Yes |
Online Version: No

What is Hanabi about?

Welcome to the world of Hanabi, a cooperative card game that will put your communication and memory skills to the test. Whether you are playing with friends or family, this game is sure to bring laughter and excitement to any gathering. In this article, we’ll dive into the gameplay, mechanics, and what makes Hanabi a must-have in any board game collection!


Hanabi is set up with a deck of cards featuring five different colors, numbered one through five. Players work together to create sets of cards in each color by placing them in ascending order on the table. The catch? Each player holds their hand of cards with the backs facing out, so they can’t see their own hand but can see everyone else’s. This adds an element of mystery and challenge to the game.

What Players Do

On each turn, players have three options: play a card from their hand onto the appropriate color stack, discard a card from their hand, or give a clue to another player about the cards in their hand. Giving clues is crucial in Hanabi as it helps other players determine which cards they should play or discard. However, clues are limited, and players must use them wisely.

Game Mechanics

One of the unique mechanics in Hanabi is the “fuse” token. If a player plays a card incorrectly, such as placing a green one on top of a blue two, the group will receive a fuse token. When all eight fuse tokens have been used, the game ends immediately, and players score their final hand.

Another key mechanic is the “fireworks” display. As players successfully place cards in ascending order on each color stack, they create a beautiful fireworks display that adds to the excitement and satisfaction of gameplay.

Suitable For

Hanabi is suitable for all ages and can be played with two to five players. The game is great for families, friends, or even as an icebreaker for team building events. Hanabi also has different difficulty levels, so it can be enjoyed by both casual players and seasoned gamers.

What Makes It Fun

The combination of teamwork and strategy makes Hanabi a blast to play. With limited clues and the added pressure of the fuse tokens, players must carefully communicate and strategize each move. This leads to exciting moments of triumph when the group successfully creates a perfect fireworks display or intense moments of panic when the fuse tokens are running low.

Hanabi also has a high replay value as each game is unique, and players can always strive to improve their score and communication skills.

Find out about Hanabi


Official Hanabi Rulebook

Hanabi Videos

Awards Won by Hanabi

2015 Årets Spill Best Family Game Nominee
2014 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Best Family Game Nominee
2014 MinD-Spieletipp Winner
2014 MinD-Spieletipp Nominee
2014 Hra roku Nominee
2014 Guldbrikken Best Adult Game Nominee
2013 Spiel des Jahres Winner
2013 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
2013 Fairplay À la carte Winner
2012 Juego del Año Finalist

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