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Board GameOctopie Review

Posted: 6 weeks ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Octopie is a collecting game where you race to build an octopus by collecting eight matching-coloured Arms before anyone else. You play by collecting, flipping, and stealing Arm pieces to complete your octopus. It's a nice extension of Plamanism that's part memory challenge, part positioning puzzle with a healthy slice of fighting for your piece of the pie.

The aim is to complete an Octopus with eight arms that include the same colour from the shared pile of Arm pieces. What makes it interesting is that the Arms are double-sided so flipping yours or your opponents can help or hinder as long as you remember what's on the other side. Then there are some handy Arms that count for either of their two colours.

Each go you roll a dice that lets you Draw, Flip, or Steal to add to your octopus. Flip is useful if you can remember which piece has the right colours you need, or which of your opponents Arms it would be most frustrating to turn over. Stealing is another way to sabotage your opponent's octopi. Drawing is simply taking one from the pile. So, each go you use what you can see and remember about the pieces in play to decide upon the best possible action. If you add an Arm with a pie you get a special extra action to make your progress to victory quicker.

The result is a simple game where stopping your opponent’s progress is almost as much fun as ensuring your own. You need to keep a careful eye on all the pieces that are in play, both in the shared draw piles and on your opponent’s octopi, as the piece that you need might be hiding anywhere.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2022

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Collecting, Puzzle and Race

Pieces: Dice, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Gamewright (@Gamewright)



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Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. The first time you play it's worth knowing the following:
  • The Arm pieces are double sided and display different coloured arms.
  • Each Arm piece only needs to show the same colour, so two-tone pieces count towards victory.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be resilient enough to deal with having their Arm pieces flipped and stolen by other players. They also need to have a good memory for where pieces that they need are hidden.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Octopie Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Gamewright) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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