CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!!! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Verified Amazon Purchase. We Love the game, and play it often with friends.Published 11 months ago by Shirley Moody
One of the most relaxing games. Though quite strategic. plays 2 to 4 players, though it is really a 2 player game. Abstract with a theme that really shines. Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. David
Ta Yu is an outstanding, brilliant game that is FUN and develops skills in CRITICAL THINKING.
I highly recommend this board game for adults... Read more
A fantastic game for 2 players. This is one of our families favorites. While we prefer the original version with the nicer tiles this plastic version is functional and gets the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Maxtax
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. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer