The new game Niya, by Blue Orange games has proven to be so much fun that my daughter is doing homework in exchange for family game time.
In Japan’s Imperial Garden, courtly manners and nature’s beauty veil a dark political conspiracy among two influential clans. On each turn, players replace a garden tile with one of their clan tokens. The next player can only exchange a token for a garden tile that has an element in common with the previously chosen tile. The first to position their clan in a row, square, or blockade will win control of the garden…and power at court! A simple yet sophisticated abstract strategy game, Niya captivates players young and old.
This game is made for players 7+, and I can tell you that it is easy to catch on and even funner to play. It teaches children about strategy, abstract thinking, visual perception, and focus. It is like an advanced version of tic-tac-toe with a wonderful twist. Each game is only about 10 minutes long which makes it great to play again and again. I love that it travels so easily in the tin (great for doctor's office fun while waiting). Niya is sure to be a hit this holiday season.