Game Details

Location: Yellow Shelf - Bar row 4 - B
Name Onitama (2014)
Complexity 1.69
BGG Rank 259
Player Count 2 - 2
Mechanism(s) Grid Movement, Hand Management, Pattern Movement, Square Grid, Static Capture

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 her pieces. There is a fifth card that cannot be used by either player. On a player's turn, she chooses one of her cards, moves one of her pieces according to the chosen card, then replaces the card she 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.

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Dice Tower 2018 Tom Vassell 98 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
The Dice Tower 2018 Sam Healey 45 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
The Dice Tower 2019 Tom Vassell 1 Top Ten Abstract Strategy Games
The Dice Tower 2019 Eric Summerer 2 Top Ten Abstract Strategy Games
The Dice Tower 2019 People's Choice 2 Top Ten Abstract Strategy Games
The Dice Tower 2021 Tom Vassell 59 2021 Top 100
The Dice Tower 2021 Tom Vassell 1 Top 10 Casual Two Player Games
The Dice Tower 2021 Mike DiLisio 5 Top 10 Casual Two Player Games
The Dice Tower 2021 People's Choice 9 Top 10 Casual Two Player Games
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