Patch 1.1 :
Boot sequence improved on iPhone X
Ratings and Reviews
Nice digital adaption
A friend of mine introduced me to this board game earlier this year and I immediately bought my own copy. I was very happy to see that Asmodee has now made a mobile version so I don’t have to hunt down opponents. Contrary to some of the reviews I think the hard AI is challenging but not impossible to beat, which is about the right balance. Biggest issue is app stability. Sometimes the app freezes repeatedly. Fortunately the games are automatically saved and you can pick up where you left off, but it is annoying. Five stars after this is fixed.
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)
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!
- 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
- Custom board : Space $1.99
- Custom board : Fantasy $1.99
- Expansion : Sensei's Path $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.