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Game Review – Onitama

Game Title: Onitama
Game Company: Arcane Wonders
Players: 2
Recommended Age: 14+
Play Time: 10-15 Minutes
MSRP: $29.99

Onitama is a two-player abstract strategy game, played on a 5 square by 5 square play mat. Game components are high quality and the theme and artwork are very well done.

Each player controls 5 pieces; a Master and 4 Students. Players take turns using their available moves to maneuver their pieces to either capture the opposing Master OR to get their Master to the other Master’s starting square.

The game play is unique in the fact that the game comes with 16 movement cards, each with a fitting Kung-Fu style name and artwork. Only 5 cards are randomly drawn each game. These 5 cards make up the available moves for both players during the game. Each player starts with 2 cards. The fifth card is placed off to the center of the board. When a player executes one of his card maneuvers, he places that card onto the center spot and takes the card that was there. This unique play mechanic not only ensures that no two games are ever the same, but allows for each player to know what moves their opponent has or will have in their following turn.

If you’re looking for a simple yet strategically challenging game for 2 players, we highly recommend Onitama. Come in today for a demo of this or many other awesome 2 player games.