Teaching Time: 5 mins
Playing Time: 25 mins
Setup Time: 0
Value For Money: High
There are any Spiel Des Jahres winners that owe at least as much to their components as their mechanics, Camel (C)Up would be a good call on that front. Hanabi is not one, a few cards and a few counters and that’s about it, it is a game that wins on the basis of the sheer thunderbolt brilliance of its mechanics. Hanabi is simple, clean, clear and brilliant, and I’m a big fan.
Gameplay is painfully simple, players have a hand of cards which they can either discard for a token or play to the table face up, if all the cards are played in number sequence in their colours then the players win. However, if a card is played out of sequence a life is lost, lose too many lives and all players lose. The big idea that makes the game work is that players hold their cards so that everyon