Hanabi, named after the Japanese word for "fireworks," invites players to collaboratively create the perfect fireworks display. In this cooperative game, the goal is to arrange cards on the table in the correct order to achieve a stunning pyrotechnic spectacle. However, there's a catch - players must hold their cards so that they are visible only to their teammates. To succeed, you'll need to provide hints to your fellow players about the numbers and colors of their cards, working together to avoid mistakes and complete the fireworks show before running out of cards.

Gameplay Overview

  • Fireworks Display: The card deck includes five different colors of cards, each numbered from 1 to 5. Players must arrange these cards in rows of each color in ascending order from 1 to 5.
  • Hidden Information: The challenge arises because players can't see their own cards but can only see those of their teammates. Communication and deduction are key to success.
  • Teamwork: Players must work as a team to provide hints and guidance to each other without revealing too much information. The goal is to coordinate actions and avoid making mistakes.
  • Advanced Play: For those seeking an extra challenge, an additional suit of rainbow-colored cards is included for advanced or variant gameplay.


Hanabi is a delightful and unique cooperative card game that tests players' communication and deduction skills. The concept of creating a fireworks display while holding cards in secrecy adds a layer of excitement and challenge. As you work together to give and interpret hints, the game fosters a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or new to board games, Hanabi offers an enjoyable and engaging experience that will spark your competitive spirit and love for fireworks.

Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2013

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 25 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Hanabi so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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