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Year Published
2008
# of Players
2
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
4 and up
Playing Time
15 minutes
User Suggested Ages
6 and up
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Primary Name
Let's Catch the Lion!
Alternate Names
Dōbutsu Shōgi
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どうぶつしょうぎ - Let's Catch the Lion!
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동물장기 - Let's Catch the Lion!
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どうぶつしょうぎ - Let's Catch the Lion! (a.k.a. Dōbutsu Shōgi, which means "animal shogi") is a simple version of Shogi. Both players have only four pieces – chick, giraffe, elephant and lion – and they're trying to either catch the opponent's lion or move their own lion to the other side. The board is just 3×4 squares, so the game is rather short, aimed mostly at getting children interested in Shogi – but even if you're an adult, the game is enjoyable. As for how to play:

  • The giraffe moves like a rook, but moves only one space.
  • The elephant moves like a bishop, but moves only one space. (Interestingly, in Xiangqi and Tamerlane Chess, the elephant moves precisely two spaces diagonally.)
  • The chick is directly analogous to the pawn/soldier of Shogi, and is promoted to a full-grown chicken, equivalent to the gold general in Shogi.
  • The lion is analogous to a king, except that he can win essentially by promoting, as long as it doesn't leave him in check.
  • Even on this 3×4 board, you are still able to drop in pieces that you captured from your opponent!
  • Unlike in Shogi, you can drop a chick for mate or have two chicks in a column.
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Japan Boardgame Prize 2009: U-More Award

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nestorgames English edition 2014
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Artist: Silvia Romeral Andrés
Year: 2014
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Artist: Maiko Fujita
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Publisher: Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
Artist: Maiko Fujita
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Ginbis cookie box edition 2012
Publisher: Ginbis
Artist: Maiko Fujita
Year: 2012
Size: 5.12 x 4.33 x 1.57 inches
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Egmont Polska edition 2012
Publisher: Egmont Polska
Artist: Maciej Szymanowicz
Year: 2012
Size: 7.87 x 7.87 x 1.57 inches
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Règles officielles en français
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Official German Rule of Dobutu Shogi
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Abstract Game Rank: 100
Num Ratings: 333
Average Rating: 6.75
Standard Deviation: 1.30
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