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Review: Onitama: The Board Game review – A short, sharp, entertaining mix of chess and Clash Royale

Onitama: The Board Game review - A short, sharp, entertaining mix of chess and Clash Royale One of the biggest problems with a lot of the board games on mobile is that they’re really dense experiences. You need to set an hour or so aside just to play through the tutorial, and you don’t really start to grips with things until you’ve won a handful of games against the AI.

Onitama doesn’t fall into that trap though. It’s a much lighter experience, while still managing to hide some pretty deep ideas.

It’s sort of like if chess, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Clash Royale all had a roll about on the floor together, and the pattern they made in the dirt was translated into an experience you can play on the go.

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The game sees you controlling five pieces on a small, gridded board.. Four of these are essentially pawns, while the fifth is a kung fu master of some description. Unlike in chess though, these pieces aren’t limited to one set of actions.

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