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Recommended for ages 10 years to adult      2 players      Play time: 10-15 minutes


An elegant and simple game of martial tactics.

Onitama is a two-player, perfect information abstract game with a random starting set-up. Onitama opens with two lines of pieces – four students and one master – facing each other on a 5×5 grid. Five movement cards are dealt out. The object is to either get your master token from your Temple Arch space to your opponent’s (Way of the Stream), or to capture your opponent’s master (Way of Stone).

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.


  • Masters of the Schools of Martial Arts travel to Onitama with their most promising disciples to prove their superiority in battle. Will you win via the aggressive Way of Stone, or the Zen Way of the Stream?
  • Elegant and simple to learn, Onitama is a quick strategy game with open information that plays like chess but varies from game to game.
  • Lots of depth and a short play time will keep you pulling this one off the shelf. The depth in Onitama comes from your ability to think multiple moves ahead as well as anticipate what your opponent is doing. 
  • Mensa® Recommended.
  • Game box includes: 1 roll-up playmat "board", 2 Master pawns, 8 Student pawns, 16 movement cards and 1 illustrated rulebook.
  • Contains small parts! Not suitable for children under age 3 years!
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