Onitama (Board Game)

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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.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
26 Apr 2016
Abstract Games
Abstract Strategy
Game Mechanic
Grid Movement
# of Players
2 Players
Playing Time
10 Min
Arcane Wonders
Supply Source
South Africa

Customer Reviews

Highly Recommended

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A brilliant strategy board game with high replayability. First few games will take between an hour and 30 minutes. When you get used to the thinking pattern a game takes about 15 minutes. The most important thing to note about this game is that experience does not give you ANY advantage (not like for e.g. CATAN). Your skill in the game is solely based on your ability to think strategically and ahead of your opponent. You can take this anywhere and play it with anyone and it will always have the potential to be chalenging. Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of strategy board games.