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Game of the Year 2013,
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This review is from: Hanabi Card Game German (Toy)
So, first thing, at the time of writing it would seem this game isn't available with english rules. But those are available online so you shouldn't be put off buying this (german) version. There is no writing on any of the game pieces (cards/tokens).
The pack consists of 50 cards and 12 cardboard tokens. Which makes ten pounds feel like a lot of money! Unlike Gang of Four, which can be played by a filtered pack of Uno cards, I think this game probably requires this pack of cards (5/6 different suits). Hopefully, for everybody else, the price will come down.
The game is a cooperative game where all players win together, loose together or land somewhere in the middle of those together. That makes it very different to anything else I've played (with the exception of Shadows over Camelot, which is very different for other reasons). Also, you don't look at your own cards-you show them to everybody else. So it feels a bit like that game where you work out what card is stuck to your forehead-but amplified. The game is fairly simple, and easy and quick enough to learn the rules.
I haven't yet played it a lot, but to me it feels a bit like Cleudo. You are given clues as to your cards and use logic to make deductions. As this consists of a small box of cards and tokens it becomes an ideal game for the pub or campsite.
You will need to develop an extended set of rules within your group on how much can be implied beyond the normal clues. This bit concerns me a little, as it could suggest a flaw in the game. However, I would trust the Spiel des Jahres award to suggest that it is a sound game system.