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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
3 new from $53.82 2 collectible from $70.00


WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 10.5 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0017J4VHQ
  • Item model number: 70418
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,135 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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.

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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

Features
  • 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

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It's alot of fun and quite challenging.
Kbomb
Other great five-star games include: Quoridor, Kamisado, Khet, TwixT, Set, Big Boggle, and QuirkleCubes.
Eugene D. Milener
A friend introduced me to the game and I was immediately hooked.
Thomas Hutegger

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Swindle on December 19, 2008
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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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By Melanie Griffin on March 29, 2014
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a big hit with kids from 8-32 in my house. interesting but simple, a classic logistics game. put the tiles in place so that the rivers flow. harder than it looks, so not boring at all for the adults.
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By Goldfish on May 29, 2013
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I absolutely love this game and never get bored of it. ok, so i only play it a couple times a month because I don't have an opponent on a regular basis. But when I do play, i can play 10 games in a row. I like the strategy aspect of it and no 2 games are alike. Kids as young as 6 can play too.
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By tom on January 5, 2013
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Looks like a lot of fun, a great add to my collection and very well made. Laid back kind of game.
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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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