Arimaa is one of the fastest growing modern strategy games. Rules are simple and intuitive enough for kids to play easily, yet there is more than enough strategic depth to satisfy the most demanding gamer. If you enjoy challenging games like Chess, Checkers, Go, or Shogi, discover Arimaa and see why it was chosen in the Discovery Channel's list of the Top 10 Mind-bending Strategy Games and also recommended by Scientific American MIND magazine.
“The rules are simple enough for kids to learn, and the game was creative and engaging.”
—Frederik Joelving; Scientific American Mind magazine
With millions of opening setups to choose from, every game requires creative thinking right from the beginning and no need to memorize openings. It's a never ending puzzle, each game is different. In just the first 10 moves of Arimaa there's more possible games than there are atoms in our universe.
“Because the number of possible moves in an Arimaa position (roughly 20,000) is much higher than in chess (about 30 or so), even the fastest computers will not be able to search very far into the tree of possibilities.”
—R. Wayne Schmittberger; GAMES magazine
Arimaa provides the whole family a chance to show the computer who's boss. Many games boast of the strength of their computer AI, but Arimaa requires a higher level of intelligence which humans possess and computers have yet to achieve. In fact Arimaa offers a $10,000 prize for anyone capable of writing an AI that can defeat the top human Arimaa players. Visit www.arimaa.com for more details.
This Arimaa app includes a video tutorial to teach the rules of the game making it easy to get started. There are increasing levels of difficulty to help you build your skill, and a score to let you know how well you played. Try beating the AI faster or by losing fewer pieces to top your high score. The app is loaded with features and settings to help you learn this addictive new game.
• video tutorial to teach the rules
• several difficulty levels
• ability to play handicap games
• keep track of high scores
• keep track of ratings
• mode to pass and play with a friend
• option to auto-rotate the board between moves
• option to auto-rotate the game between moves
• option to pause between moves
• option to play rated games
• option to use a move timer
• ability to load and save games
• ability to email the game
• ability to replay a game from any position
• dedicated full screen mode for iPad
Awards and Recognition:
• Scientific American MIND magazine: Brainy gift recommendation
• Discovery Channel's HowStuffWorks: Selected as 3rd most mind-bending game
• Parents Choice: Approved award
• Creative Child magazine: 2010 Game of the Year
This app is provided in compliance with Section 2 of the Arimaa Public License. License #100520.
DISCLAIMER: Apple is not a sponsor of, or responsible for
conducting, the $10,000 Arimaa challenge.
Updated for iOS8 and iPhone 6
Ratings and Reviews
Best arimaa app out there, but that’s not saying much
Pretty glitchy. Often kills games for no reason. No option to review a game right after it’s completed (instead of letting you see the movelist, the app freezes up and forced you to close it as soon as either player scores goal). The normal bot is really susceptible to throwing away its camel on turn 4 or so. No option for human to play as silver? The bot, upon sensing that the human has a goal in 1, will just start suiciding pieces for no reason, instead of trying to hang on. (Once or twice i only won because the bot suicided its elephant, letting me know that I’d overlooked a goal somewhere).
When it is two player, i dont like the replay of moves. I can already see them well upside down. Make a option for no replay between turns. Thanks
Good beginner game (excepting some 1st release bugs)
Haha...I bought this app one day before the price drop. Oh well, I hope my $10 will encourage the developers to work on some new releases. Yes, it's more expensive than most apps, but the market it much smaller...and it will be worth the price if I improve enough to beat my friend in a game for cash.
I'm a new player, and the AI is certainly tough enough to give me a challenge. I can win about half the games on novice, I haven't tried the tougher levels yet. The interface is nice, and I love the elephant icon! I prefer the smoothness of the movement in the iPod version to the internet gameroom. Set-up is certainly faster when you can jump multiple spaces. It takes only 4 clicks to set up my favorite initial position.
Sadly, there seem to be quite a few bugs in this first release. Occasionally one piece will move on top of another, or will have strangely restricted movement (I assume due to a phantom piece near it). This usually signals a crash. The game is lost when it restarts. I'm wary of starting games because so many end in this way.
I'm sure once these issues are resolved, it will be a very enjoyable app...
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.