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Let's Catch the Lion!
Let's Catch the Lion!
by Egmont Polska, Gentosha Education, AURUM, Inc., Ginbis, EiSystem, Benesse (2008)
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Playing Time
15 minutes
  • Abstract Strategy
  • Animals
  • Educational
  • Designers
  • Madoka Kitao
  • Mechanisms
  • Grid Movement
  • Artists
  • Maciej Szymanowicz
  • Maiko Fujita
  • Silvia Romeral Andrés
  • Family
  • Chess Games
  • Shogi
  • nestorbooster
  • Combinatorial
  • Player Count: Two Player Only Games
  • Components: Wooden pieces & boards
  • Rating: 6.7/10 from 460 users


    ???????? - Let's Catch the Lion! (a.k.a. D?butsu Sh?gi, 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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