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Is Onitama fun to play?
Players: 2 – 4 players | Game Duration 20 – 20 mins | Min. Age 10+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Abstract Strategy Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No | Online Version: No
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What is Onitama about?

“Onitama” is a wo-player game that provides a compelling abstract strategy experience that is both quick to play and rich in tactical depth.

Gameplay Overview

In “Onitama”, you take on the roles of martial arts masters who are leading their schools (represented by a sensei and four apprentices) in a duel of wits and strategy. Played on a 5×5 grid, the goal is to capture the opposing sensei or maneuver your own sensei into the opponent’s temple arch space on the opposite side of the board.

Unique Game Mechanics

“Onitama” has a unique use of movement cards. Movements are dictated by cards drawn from a deck of unique cards, each depicting a different movement pattern inspired by martial arts. Players start with two movement cards each and one shared card that sits aside. After a player moves a piece using one of their cards, that card is then swapped with the shared card, becoming available to the opponent for future turns. This rotation of movement cards requires you to constantly adapt and consider not only your own potential moves but also those that you are enabling for your opponent.

The Fun of Strategic Depth and Adaptability

Simplicity and depth is what makes “Onitama” shine. You can learn it within minutes and each game unfolds in a new way due to the random selection and rotation of movement cards. You faced with a new strategic challenge with each new game.

The thrill of “Onitama” is driven by the constant tension and tactical adjustments required by the shifting possibilities. You need to adapt and anticipate future moves and also engineer advantageous positions for yourself.

Who Will Enjoy “Onitama”?

“Onitama” is ideal for gamers who appreciate abstract strategy games such as chess, checkers, and Go, offering a similar depth of strategic consideration but in a more dynamic and accessible format. It’s particularly appealing to those looking for a quick yet thoughtful gaming experience, as each match lasts only about 10-15 minutes.

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