A Game of Skill and Strategy

Kamisado is a game of pure skill and strategy! There are no dice, cards or any other chance element. It’s just you against your opponent! The aim in each round is to be the first to get an octagonal ‘dragon tower’ to the opposite side of the board, by moving the towers in straight lines, either forwards or diagonally forwards. It sounds easy doesn’t it, but the twist is that you can only move a tower if its colour matches the colour of the square that your opponent last moved to. Also, you will find that the routes you want to use are blocked by enemy towers (and sometimes your own!). As the game unfolds, your towers will be promoted to ‘Sumos’, and will have the ability to push your opponents pieces backwards, earning you extra turns. The situations continue to become more complex and challenging, until one player accumulates the required winning total and can be declared a ‘Kamisado Grand Master’ – until the next game!

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 Awards up until 2009


Spiel des Jahres Nomination

‘Kamisado’ has won a number of awards, notably a nomination for Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) in Germany in 2011. Spiel des Jahres was created in 1978 with the stated purpose of rewarding excellence in game design, and promoting top-quality games in the German market (Wikipedia).

Kamisado was also the winner of UK Games Expo’s ‘Best Abstract Game of 2009’ Award.

Different Versions

It is available in two different versions: the original Burley Games version (Kamisado Classic) which was first published in the UK in 2008, and more recently a smaller version (Kamisado Original) which has been distributed in Europe (and worldwide) since 2010 by Huch & Friends in Germany (see Kamisado Original).

Kamisado Classic

Both versions are available in the UK via Burley Games. Since 2015, there have been 2 new additions to the Kamisado Range (both also available via Burley Games in the UK):

Russian Version

A third version has been developed by Zvezda in Russia. Use the following links to see the Zvezda Kamisado board, Kamisado box base and Kamisado box top for this new Russian-language version.

Number of Players, Age Group, Game Duration (Etc.)

‘Kamisado Classic’ is a game for 2 players aged 10+ and lasts about 20 mins.

Details - Kamisado

Rules are provided in English and German. The board and pieces are language-independent.

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