Immerse yourself in an ancient Japanese setting and discover Onitama, an exciting, fast-paced strategy game! Onitama is somewhat reminiscent of chess and rather addictive with its dynamic game mechanic in which warriors face off so their master may win the game. Concentration and luck are the only weapons you'll have at your disposal! You'll need to fully master mind and body to defeat your opponents.

Every opponent has four warriors and one elder at their disposal. The objective is simple: win the battle. To do so, you must either capture your opponent's elder or take their place in the temple arch. The game is easy to play, but you'll need time to become a true master. Although, not really... Onitama is the ideal strategy game for exercising your mind, as you'll have to think ahead about moves! The moves you're allowed to make are determined by five cards which are drawn at random, shown face-up, and shared between players. Each card corresponds to an animal and sets out a specific move that you have to follow. When you play a card, you must place it between you and your opponent and pick up the previously played card, and so on. This way, both players have the exact same chance of winning the game.

The key to success in this simple, elegant type of combat is to stay calm and concentrate. The Shrine of Onitama is a sacred ground where foresight is necessary. Animal spirits will guide you on the perilous path and allow you to gain true wisdom. In short, it's an elegant and simple game that captures the essence of martial arts. The game design and calligraphy will make your gaming experience a unique and unforgettable one.

Play against the computer on your own, or against your friends. Fight duels on the same device using pass and play mode. Bored of beating your friends? Connect your Asmodee account and face the best players in the world online! You can also customize your game with new boards, pieces, and music, or get a pack of 16 additional cards by purchasing extensions.

-Full game
-Solo (several difficulty levels vs artificial intelligence)
-Pass and play (unlock by connecting Asmodee account)
-Online mode
-Sensei's Path extension (20 new cards)
-Customize boards with new music (medieval and science fiction)

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What's New

Version 1.1

Patch 1.1 :
Boot sequence improved on iPhone X

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.1K Ratings
1.1K Ratings

Huge potential, app needs polishing

First, Onitama is a wonderful game. For those who do not know the board game, it’s a very simple game that’s easy to learn. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to win! Players take turns making simple moves as described by cards. After a move, that card goes to your opponent. Each player has 2 cards they can play at any time plus a third that they can see coming for their next turn. The app handles gameplay very well with smooth animations and a pleasant aesthetic.

The app has frozen a couple of times and the record keeping in the app seems not to be working yet. Numbers like ranking, record and karma (which basically makes sure you don’t abandon games) don’t appear on the profile screen like they should. Games are quick though the shortest time you can select if you make a game is 15min for each player. They should make versions that are even shorter as most games take about 5-10 minutes total.

There is huge potential here for this to be one of my favorite apps of all time since Onitama is brilliant. I hope the devs still with it and keep making the improvements necessary. If they show the commitment to the app, I will buy the reasonably priced add-ons (just a couple bucks)


Needs Better Friend System

The app is great - it looks gorgeous and plays well (the freezing problem can be fixed by uninstalling, restarting phone, and reinstalling).

But the online Buddy system is so outdated. We’ve had words with friends for a decade and haven’t implemented the most basic online system here?

To add a buddy and request to play with them you both need to be online at the same time - WHY? It’s a crippling move to the games community and turned off so many of my friends. How could it be this difficult? The app should be able to use your contact list and you should be able to invite people to play regardless of their online status within the app. It’s truly baffling and definitely not industry standard. This is the primary way to attract people to the app.... please, please update.


Weak community of players

This game looks and is awesome! Super fun fast paced chess-like game. I was having a blast and thought “lets take this online and play some real players!” That was my biggest mistake. Aside from constant little kids just typing obscenity's in the chat, you get the worse kind of players, the kind that will literally just want to waste your time and bounce their pieces back and forth until you decide your bored and annoyed so you make an irrational uncalculated push and let them take one of your pieces and then you either get trapped by a good player or can barely make it out alive. Crappy players in a community kills a game for me 10 out of 10 times. I was thinking of getting the board game but i wouldnt want to put any of my friends through this crap.


Asmodee Digital
208.2 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Onitama: The Board Game digital published by Asmodee Digital. Original Board game created by Arcane Wonders
In-App Purchases
  1. Bundle 1 $2.99
  2. Expansion : Sensei's Path $1.99
  3. Custom board : Space $1.99


  • Family Sharing

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