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Goliath Tayu

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  • Fast paced strategy game
  • Full of twists and turns
  • Teaches children strategic thinking skills
  • Game is for 2-4 players, age 7 and up
  • Extremely high quality components

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Goliath Tayu

Tayu is the name of the legendary Chinese hero who saved his town from flooding by creating waterways. Goliath Tayu is a game that's based on this legendary story. Each player tries to create waterways from one of the board to the other, while simultaneously trying to block the opponents' waterways. With twists and turns and reversal of fortunes, this game gets really interesting.

Why You'll Love It: Made with high-quality components, this game is easy to carry, since the tiles may be carried in the drawstring cloth bag that comes with the set. Plus, the board may be snapped apart in two pieces that makes it portable. It's easy to understand and learn, as children try to improve their strategy planning skills while playing this game.

Age: 7 years and up

  • Convenient travel size
  • Easy to learn
  • May be played with 2 to 4 players
  • High-quality components
  • Helps develop strategic thinking

Recommended Ages:7 and up

From the Manufacturer

Tayu is named after the legendary Chinese hero who saved his country from flooding by creating a series of waterways. In this game, each player tries to create as many water channels from one side of the board to the other while at the same time, blocking his competitor. Twists and turns are the norm in this fast packed strategy game. Choosy quality toy store owners agree that this game is of the highest quality and provides the most fun for the money.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 10.5 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0017J4VHQ
  • Item model number: 70418
  • Our recommended age: 7 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,491 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim Short on December 6, 2009
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The object of the game is to create canals from one side of the board to the other - you play east to west and your opponent plays north to south. Your score is the product of the number of connections you finish with at each side of the board. At each turn you draw a tile from the pool and play it so that it connects to the tiles that are already played. Each tile covers three grid squares and has canal segments that enter/exit from 3 of the 8 possible sides covered by the tile. The game requires a combination of strategic thinking, spatial reasoning, and luck of the draw.

When we first got this game, my wife and I would have scores like 81 to 64. Then we learned how to play defensively, and now we have scores like 2 to nothing. The tension between trying to take advantage of potential scoring opportunities while also trying to block your opponent's path to the edge is what really makes this game fun. A game takes about 30 minutes, and you can play with two or four (with two teams) and you can also play with 3 where the third player is a spoiler whose role is to prevent the other two from scoring.

A nice plus is that the game comes with a drawstring cloth bag to hold the pieces, and the board is designed to snap apart into two pieces. The board is designed with dimples that mate to the tiles and hold the pieces in place, and we've found that we can leave the box behind and take the game on an airplane to play in flight on the tray table. It really shortens the flight time.

My brother has a version with much nicer looking tiles, whereas this one is cheesy plastic, but the board for the high end version doesn't have the design that holds the pieces in place and thus isn't so good for airplanes.
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Tayu in one way is like the great game TwixT, because each of the two players is trying to complete connection chains between their two opposite edges of the board (either north-south edges, or east-west edges for the other player).
In TwixT only one player can succeed, because each player has her own color pegs and bridges.
But in Tayu all pieces are unbiased and apply to both players. Each piece usually gives some help to both players, so to win you try to place pieces in a manner where the piece gives you slightly more help than it gives the other player; and you accumulate small advantages.

Unfortunately luck is involved, because the only piece you can play is the one you blindly drew from the bag. (There is no luck in TwixT.)
I uploaded to this Amazon com webpage an image that shows the entire range of pieces. An intense professional Tayu player might count tiles and know what kinds remain to be drawn.

The scoring mechanism in Tayu is excellent. At the end of the game, a player's score is the number of contact points achieved on one of her two edges, multiplied by the number of contact points on her other edge. So for example, eight contact points as 1 on north * 7 on south = 7 points; which would lose to six contact points distributed 3 east * 3 west = 9 points.
Further, a couple of special contact points on each edge count double as two contact points.
All these scoring rules mean a player can very reasonably catch up and win even if they are losing half way through the game.

Tayu is my wife's favorite game, and I enjoy it too. We have played this game more times than I can count, and we continue to play it after owning it for approximately three years.
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A friend introduced me to the game and I was immediately hooked. I don't do much board games anymore, but this game is fun and interesting!
I bought it now so I can play it anytime I like.
My partner and I enjoy quiet evenings playing the game, while talking about the day, life, our dreams, and anything else. Quality time!
We tried an alternative goal: let's see if we (both players) work together - instead of against each other - how many points we can generate. Divide them by two, there's always much more than when competing. Maybe a hint for our life? Cooperate, rather than compete? :)
All in all, a great game for adults, as well as for children!

PS: strip-tayu is also a lot, a lot of fun!!! :)
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By Dianne Bramwell on June 16, 2011
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Ok, ancient waterways connecting to score points is good clean fun, right? You bet! My 27-year-old son and I played this game several times during his week's vacation to San Francisco. We appreciated the beautiful patterns that developed with the artfully-crafted pieces with different themes appearing each game. It's a great way to spend time together and appreciate art at the same time. Instead of trying to block your opponent from getting points, you find yourself suggesting a spot for that unique piece that will be mutually beneficial or at least more fun in the long run. I could see any age child or child at heart enjoying this game.
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By Kbomb on January 18, 2012
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We bought this game for our kids after playing it at a friend's house. My husband and I have played it more than our kids have! It's alot of fun and quite challenging. It appears to be a European game as the instructions are in many different languages and we read the Great Britain version of them. I gave it 4 stars for its educational value because you're mainly using strategy and problem-solving skills. The set-up is extremely simple - just snap the two pieces of the board together and start playing.
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