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Is Hanabi all Flash and no Substance?

Board Game Quest has a review article up for Hanabi, the game of making firework displays.


From the review:

It’s hard not to love fireworks. Watching streaking bits of fire shoot into the sky and explode into a multicolor burst can entertain you on a primal level. As our caveman ancestors marveled at the fire they created, so do also we love watching explosion in the sky. For my money, you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to mark an occasion than with some good pyrotechnics. This brings us to the theme of the award winning card game Hanabi. This unassuming card game won the 2013 Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year) award, which is given out to high quality and very accessible, tabletop games. Is Hanabi a worthy winner of this award or should it be blasted away? Read on!

Hanabi is a cooperative memory and deduction card game for 2-5 players that plays in about 20 minutes. Hanabi plays best with 4 players.