Hanabi is a game of Japanese design, and the aim of the game is to ensure that the best display of fireworks is put on by arranging the cards in the right order. The word ‘hanabi’ means fireworks in Japanese and is an apt name for the game. Hanabi is a cooperative card game, that is, all the players need to work together to get the desired result.
The game set comes with 60 cards, each depicting some fireworks on one side. The cards come in six colours and carry a number from 1 to 5 on them each. The set also includes 12 cardboard tokens to help tracking clues and mistakes made by the players.
Each player is dealt 5 cards at the beginning of the game, but they are not allowed to see their own cards. The unique thing about this game is that it is not the player holding the cards, but the other players, who can see what they are. Based on their knowledge, they try to impart some information in order to facilitate the player’s game. The cards need to be played in increasing order and by colour. The perfect score to the game is 25 and the one who reaches the closest to it wins. But the game can end long before that: when the deck of cards runs out, when three mistakes are made by any one player, or when five sets have been completed.
An award winning game designed by Antoine Bauza, Hanabi has been the recipient of a number of game awards, including the very prestigious Spiel des Jahres award, which caters to simple and accessible games. It also won the Fairplay à la Carte award.
If you like fireworks, and have some friends you can trust to give you the right clues, pick Hanabi for a crackling evening of fun!