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


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

Designer(s): Nicolas Neuwahl

Publisher(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

  • Publisher(s): Goliath

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 7 and up

  • Weight: 1,119 grams


  • 84 tiles
  • 1 board
  • 1 bag
  • instructions
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 9 reviews

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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.
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.
Go With The Flow...
July 23, 2001

I really only have a little to add to the previous articulate reviews of Ta Yu.

A little bit has been mentioned about the luck factor of this game. This can be eliminated entirely with a setup that that my partner and I tried. Although it was a little time consuming, before one game we divided all the tiles into two sets, with each of us having the same number of each tile configuration. This effectively made the game 100% (sometimes agonizing) strategy.

Another thing I thought I'd mention was the feeling I had before ordering this game versus the feeling after playing it. After reading the previous reviews, being the sucker that I am for a good tile placement game, I was intrigued. But the illustration shown (from the bottom of the box) certainly didn't look very stimulating visually, and I wondered if the gameplay was proportionately dry. I now know that that picture is a set up that's supposed to represent the beginning of the game. By the end of the game, at least when we play, the board is about 95% full, and is beautiful to behold. It's almost as if you have created an intricate artistic design.

Luckily for me, I decided to bite the bullet and acquire Ta Yu. I realize now that Kosmos could have just as easily (and much more cheaply) made the tiles out of cardboard. And because of this, there is just something about the heft factor of this game that adds a je ne sais quoi to the board that makes the gameplay so satisfying.

One more thing. That representation on the box is not representative of any of the games we have played. Our games tend to be much more--hmmm...what is it?--aggressive, I think, would be the best word. We rarely let each other get such clean shots to score.

I love this game, and with each play, Ta Yu is growing on my partner. My gut feeling is to give Ta Yu 4.5 stars, but I don't feel that it is a 'perfect' game, so I'm going to round it down to 4 stars.

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

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