Terrific game. Beautiful to look at, simple to play and difficult to master. Perfect.
A very simple yet elegant game that rewards strategic thinking and planning ahead. Also its compact size makes it a great game to take with you when travelling.
This is an exceptionally well-designed game, both with regard to aesthetics and build quality, and also in terms of the game mechanics. Playability and replay-ability are very high.
You could consider it a cut-down version of a chess-like game, but with the addition of the movement cards, there is an element of chance/variability introduced which means that, unlike chess, the relative skills of the players will not always unequivocally determine the outcome of a game. Players of quite different skill levels are much more likely to have closer games playing Onitama, than playing chess.
Physically, the build quality is excellent. The roll-up, flexible playing mat is infinitely better than the typical cardboard playing surface found in most games, and the pieces are chunky/solid, durable and simple. The cards themselves are the most likely thing to be damaged with time and repeated use, but any games shop should be able to furnish you with protective sleeves to help with this (card size is 70x120mm, the same as tarot cards, making perfectly fitted sleeves a widely available, off-the-shelf option).
Friends who are a bit wary of chess, or Go, love this game. And so do I.
I purchased this game as it was recommended in a gameschooling group and it has been a lot of fun for my child to play with a parent or sibling.
I highly recommend this game
Great little game. Packaged in a neat rectangle box. Very easy to learn and with a selection of different move cards, it forces you to try different strategies each game.