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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Ta Yü
Theme:  Oriental
Genre:  Connection
Format:  Board Games, Placement / Tile-Laying Games


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Ages Play Time Players
7+ 30-45 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Nicolas Neuwahl

Manufacturer(s): Goliath

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Product Description

Create channels to connect opposite sides of the plateau. Whoever creates the most connections wins! This game of tactics and strategy can be played by up to 4 players.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Abstract Strategy Nominee, 2010
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1999

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Nicolas Neuwahl

  • Manufacturer(s): Goliath

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 7 and up

  • Weight: 1,119 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item.


  • 84 tiles
  • 1 board
  • 1 bag
  • instructions

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 9 reviews

by Wendy
A solid five star game!
September 08, 2004

I was recently lucky to find an english version of this gorgeous game for $48 and it was money well spent.

The game board is attractive with it's dragon art work on the fringe of the play area and the oblong shaped tiles are of excellent quality in heavy smooth plastic.

The game plays well for two players. I have not played with anymore and by reading the rules, I don't think the 4 player version would appeal to me because it's basically a partnership game so if your partner doesn't see the best move for the two of you, you're hooped along with him and there's no table talk! (Hate it when that happens, don't play 4 player Sequence for that issue).

This is the most unique tile laying game I've ever played, yet it's so simple, it becomes addictive. One game leads to more and more. The winner is usually not evident until the last tile is played and after a lot of tension is built up between opponents.

If you're a fan of this genre of game, find this one and get it, if you can. Pleasure awaits!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Loved this game!
July 05, 1999

Ta Yu is a great game for 2-4 players. I have only played the 2 player version but it's a definite must have! Anyone can learn to play and it's challenging for everyone.

Ta Yu is basically a pipe laying game. You try to match tiles and build current openings from one side of the baord to the other while also trying to slow your opponent down. The different openings on the tiles can lead to puzzle-like challenges for placement.

The Oriental theme to this game leads to the beautiful design and layout of the board and tiles. I just love the aesthetic quality of the game. The tiles have a great 'feel' to them, reminiscent of MahJong tiles with the same kind of clicking.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
The ultimate coffee table game?
July 28, 2001

Coffee table games are those few that look really good as a decoration in your living room. Chess sets are the most common of this type, but other games, such as Cathedral and Quarto! make the list as well. Ta Yu may be the greatest of the non-chess games on this list.

The game itself is quite abstract. The players alternate choosing tiles from a stack and placing them on the board, trying to make as many connections as possible between their two sides of the board. While one player tries to connect north and south, the other is just as hard at connecting east and west.

The tiles are thick, heavy, and sumptuous. The board is understated and elegant. While I am not a big fan of abstract games, I do enjoy connection games, and Ta Yu is one of the easiest to learn and hardest to master.

Highly recommended.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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