Rating: 7.5 Very Good
Popularity:22
Difficulty:Very easy
Year:2014
Players: 2-2 players
Playing time: 10-30 minutes
Age:8+

Official Site: Arcane Wonders Official Onitama Page


Created by: Shimpei Sato, Jun Kondo

Published by: conception, Arcane Wonders, minimalGames

Description:

Carved into the crags of the mist-shrouded mountains of ancient Japan lies the Shrine of Onitama. It is a place of enlightenment and skill, a site dedicated to the spirits that guide the Schools of Martial Arts across the land.

Masters of these schools hazard the journey to Onitama with their most promising disciples to meet within its hallowed walls and to prove their superiority in battle against the others.

These contests are more than simple combat - for in this place, the Animal spirits that guide the Schools whisper their guidance to the Masters, and bolster the students with otherworldly strength and dexterity.

Onitama is a two-player, perfect information abstract game with a random starting set-up. On a 5x5 board, both players start with five pawns on their side, with the main pawn in the middle.

Each player has two open cards that each display a possible move for any of his pieces. There is a fifth card that cannot be used by either player. On a player's turn, he chooses one of his cards, moves one of his pieces according to the chosen card, then replaces the card he used with the fifth card.

The other player then chooses one of his cards, moves accordingly, and exchanges that card with this fifth card - which is, of course, the card the first player just used.

Moving onto one of the opponent's pawns removes that pawn from the game. Taking the opponent's main pawn, or moving your main pawn into your opponent's main pawn's starting space, wins you the game.

Prices:
Retail Price:$27
Amazon:$24
Ebay:$30
Expansions:
Onitama: Dice Tower 2016 Promo Tiles
Awards:
UK Games Expo Best Abstract Game Winner 2016
Golden Geek Best Abstract Board Game Nominee 2014

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