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Miyabi – HABA – Review


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Miyabi is a great game for any type of player. From beginner to seasoned, Miyabi has something to offer.

Ben

MeepleGamers

7/10

Publisher: HABA


Designer: Michael Kiesling


Artist: René Amthor


Game Type: Set Collection


Game Type: Tile Drafting


Initial Year of Release: 2020


Age Range: 8+


Expected Playtime: 45


Number of Players: 2-4

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Theme and What is it?


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There is a reason that Japanese gardens are celebrated across the world. The thoughtful consideration that goes into each detail found in the garden is enough to make a person feel totally connected to nature. Japanese gardening is an artform as much as it is horticulture. The delicate balance of space and objects is nearly perfect when viewing the layout of a traditional garden setting. Knowing when the perfect balance has been achieved is not an innate ability, it must be practiced. People send their whole lives building a garden and the garden spends just as much time building the gardener. This may be the secret to why Japanese gardens are seen as a refuge from an inherently chaotic and noisy world.

Miyabi is a tile placement game for 2-4 players.

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Gameplay Mechanics


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Miyabi is a tile drafting and placement game. Each round certain sized tiles are selected from the reserve pile and placed on the table. All players pull from this to create their gardens. Each player can take up to six turns per round. 

For a turn, a player selects a tile and places it on their board. They must follow certain rules about tile placement. The tile must match tile placement rules on their playerboard (usually only one type of object per row). And as the garden fills up with tiles, tiles can only stack on top of other tiles. They can never hang off or be over the edge of the board. 

Each time a player places a tile they move their lanter onto the top of the row they placed the object in. This locks that row for the rest of the round. No other objects can be played in the row. Note that blank grass spaces do not follow this rule. When a tile is placed, the player scores that placement and adds it to their total. 

After all rounds are played (depending on player count) bonus points are awarded for the most of each item found in each row. Bonus points are awarded for first and second place in each row. The player with the highest score wins!

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Initial Impressions


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Miyabi looked very intriguing to me. I liked the idea of drafting tiles and also of layering tiles. The game was very easy to learn and to teach. I played it as a two-player game and also as a four-player game. I really enjoyed the game while playing it. The placement options make for a very challenging experience. As both a two-player and as a four-player the game was very competitive when scoring each move. At the end of the game, when awarding bonus points (especially in the two-player game), the game ended up not even being close.

I did not like how the games ended. The points ended up looking like it was a very lopsided game, which it didn’t feel that way while playing. I felt like too much weight was given to end game bonuses. 

Other than that, I liked it. I might make some house rules that change when the bonus scoring happens. Also, there are tons of mini expansions that change the game. I have not tried them, so they may take care of this on their own.  

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Game Build Quality


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The quality found throughout all the components of Miyabi are very high. Great box, great cardboard. The towers for each player are made of wood. The only exception to the high quality are the player boards. These are very nice card stock, but I feel like they should have been cardboard like the scoring board. It would have made the game feel complete. Everything looks and feels great and then you get to the players boards and they are not as nice as everything else you have been seeing.

But overall, the build is well done and the game should hold up to lots of play.

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Artistic Direction


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I really enjoyed the art of Miyabi. It was not very dramatic, but for what the game is the art made it a great experience. What I liked most was how the tiles stacked and how the gardens began to take shape after a few rounds. The layers of tiles really made each player board unique. The artwork is bright and pops out on a table. The redundancy and lawn space (which are spaces on tiles that do not have a garden feature) do not take anything away from the game. It all works together to make a charming garden landscape. 

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Fun Factor


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What makes Miyabi a fun game is the opportunity players have to build a multi-level garden. It is very challenging to plan ahead to make sure your moves will lead to more points. Watching the layers stack higher is very satisfying, especially once you realize that it is a bit of a challenge to place the tiles where they need to go in order to create the layers. 

I also like that the game is so easy to learn. It is a great game to introduce to people. After the final score comes in, always let people know that it was not as bad as it looks. Besides that, beginners should love it and it will teach them a few mechanics that can be used in other games. 

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Age Range & Weight


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The recommended age for Miyabi is 8+. I think is just about right on the mark. My 8-year-old is very interested in learning this game. I have not had time to play with him yet, but I don’t see him having a problem with it. He knows how to play other tile games and his background will help him create strategy for this one.

Even though the game can be taught to new players, there is still plenty to love for players who have experience. I have tried two different strategies and one did OK the other was a bust. Next time I play I will try something new. There is plenty to keep me entertained. And all the mini-expansions add new elements to the game. 

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Conclusions


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Miyabi is a great game for any type of player. From beginner to seasoned, Miyabi has something to offer. Drafting from a common pool is fun and watching the levels of your garden grow is very satisfying. Although I have issues with end game scoring, it was not as drastic in a four-player game as it was in a two player game. I am interested to see how the mini-expansions change this aspect of the game. There are seven expansions that change or add something to the game. 

Overall, I would recommend Miyabi. It looks great on the table and there is a bit of zenness going on while building your garden. Players of all types should enjoy Miyabi and find reasons to come back to the garden time after time.

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