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

4.6 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

wmorrison49 ,

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)

Sammosaurusrex ,

Great game, AI can blunder

Onitama is a great game, and this is a wonderful free app with beautiful visuals. I recommend everybody go out and buy the physical board game, it’s easy to pick up which means it’s easy to convince friends to play, even if they don’t typically like board games.

However, playing the computer is a little too easy in this game, it seems the AI lacks a certain level of predictive foresight. When I started playing, I set the computer to the hardest difficulty (there are only 3 difficulties), and I won by way of the stone in 4 moves because the AI blundered away its king. The issue seems to be that the AI planned its move based on the cards I had in my hand the previous move, not the card I was going to have in my next move - it captured a piece with the king, even though the piece was defended with a rabbit card I had just received.

While I haven’t played enough games to determine how often the AI blunders like this, blundering into check on the highest difficulty just shouldn’t happen! I’d recommend this app if you intend to play it with friends long distance or on car rides, otherwise I’d recommend just getting the board game itself. Don’t get it to play against the computer!

@prodbytango ,

Bug in Solo Play? TEDxAppStore

This game is really solid, and I’ve been recommending it to people since I downloaded it (this morning). That’s a HUGE deal for me, because I am generally not a mobile gamer at all. I love this game..

In an effort to increase my skills in combat (hehe.), I began with solo play in the beginner’s difficulty to farmiliarize myself with the flow of battle. Needless to say once I was able to beat the easiest AI opponent a handful of times I would move on to the next difficulty level. On that difficulty level, after playing a few rounds, the game began freezing in the middle of my moves—conveniently, when it seemed that I was well on the way to victory (-.-‘). Nonetheless, i decided to google the issue to see if that was it. So far, I’ve seen that problem on a couple forums as well, and it appears to have been happening as early as September.

Super solid game. But if you want that full 5 stars, please address this issue. I will definitely buy the add-ons if you can make this work. What would persuade me even further to throw my money at you is if you make a way to invite friends to play via iOS’s incredible share feature rather than your in-game link elements. A friends system inside of the game would be an even bigger plus.

Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.


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
In-App Purchases
  1. Custom board : Space $1.99
  2. Custom board : Fantasy $1.99
  3. Expansion : Sensei's Path $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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