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Board GameMiyabi Review
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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Miyabi is a world building brain game where you build elegant Japanese gardens. You place Tetris-shaped garden tiles in your garden matching different flowers, stones and trees with scoring columns. Because the garden tiles are awkward shapes and only have one scoring spot on them, the fun is fitting them together (and overlaying them) to score the most points.

Play involves taking turns to place tiles on your board. You have to work around other tiles already placed. You can't half overlap them (but can fully overlap them). Crucially, the symbol on the tile has to go in its designated row on the board.

As you progress you build up scoring potential and must decide when the optimum time is to move the lantern and score a column. Staking symbols on top of each other has a cumulative effect up to five levels. Once all the tiles are placed or everyone has to pass, the game is over and final scores are totalled.

It's an elegant game about creating graceful and refined gardens. By skilfully placing stones, bushes, trees, ponds and pagodas on multiple levels you work towards the best garden of the round. There are five expansions that extend the garden curation fun.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: HABA USA (@HABA_USA)



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Learn to Play: This takes 45 minutes to learn. This is quite a complex game, although not as complex as it looks. There are basically one set of placement and scoring rules to understand and you are ready to play. Learning the nuance of scoring and some of the bonuses takes a little longer.

The first time you play it can help to do the following:
  • Try out some different piece placements on your boards and work out which scores the most.
  • Demonstrate how the pieces can stack up to 5 high.
  • Show how when you decide to move the lantern to score is important.

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 50 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room. Best with 2-3.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
There are five expansions included for free with the game. These add more complex rules, tiles and ways to play:
  • The Colourful Garden
  • The Big Meadow
  • The Zen Garden
  • 7!
  • The Frog 


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Miyabi Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@HABA_USA) 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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