The Onitama board game master page. A complete guide. Review, how to play, editorial, useful links, similar games, FAQ, interesting facts and so much more. Onitama is a 2 player abstract strategy showdown game that has players moving a limited amount of chess-like figures to form certain pattern configurations.



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ONITAMA GAME INFO


RELEASE:2014
PLAYERS:2 Players
DURATION: 15 – 20 Minutes
AGE:8+
GENRE:Abstract Strategy
DESIGNER: Shimpei Sato
ARTIST:Jun Kondo, Mariusz Szmerdt
PUBLISHER:Arcane Wonders

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ONITAMA OVERVIEW


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.

Onitama is an elegant and simple two player abstract strategy game where you take on the role of a Master, guiding your monk followers, in an attempt to defeat your opponent. Armed only with a handful of moves, your cunning, and your wits, have you the skill to be victorious?

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ONITAMA REVIEW


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We have not reviewed this game yet but we can tell you this is one of our favorite 2 player games in existence. This abstract strategy game is a near perfect puzzle and chess-like showdown. There are many different configurations to make with your pieces and they all take their own unique mixture of strategies to achieve.

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ONITAMA HOW TO PLAY


Each player has two open cards that each display a possible move for any of his pieces. On a player’s turn, they choose a card, move a piece based on that, then replaces it with a card that the other play 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.

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ONITAMA SIMILAR GAMES


We thought about everything from gameplay to theme, intensity level to overall motivations, the quality and more to determine what are the five most similar board games to Onitama. The quick recap of the list is below with the link to the descriptions and full article below it.

  1. The Duke
  2. Santorini
  3. Yinsh
  4. Hive
  5. Patchwork

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ONITAMA INTERESTING FACTS


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ONITAMA FAQ


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ONITAMA EDITORIAL


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ONITAMA VIDEOS


How To Play Onitama By Watch It Played [TRT 03:25]



Onitama Review By The Dice Tower [TRT 05:30]


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