A unique tabletop game that is…
Hilariously confusing to the eye! Will the KOBAN drop!
Think the cards are the same? A little different?
Confusion reigns in this Mahjong-like game!
How many times will your eyes fail you!?
Laugh as you trade bonus DORAYAKI chips and KOBAN coins AND jibes!
Fun for the first timer with “Beginners Rules” or “Expert Rules” for the serious Mahjong fan. Two sets of rules, two degrees of difficulty.
BABA is a family name, printed on the cards in 9 different ways. And the character OBABA, means ‘grandma’ or ‘old lady’ in Japan.
Don’t get cocky! Kanji may look the same but lookout for little differences! It’s confusing!
You may look carefully but the trap is lurking.
Call “PON” on a wrong card…..
O-kay…. that bungle will cost you! (Ha!)
The comical component : “Dorayaki ” chip.
Collecting the same kanji cards as kanji on the “Dorayaki” chip makes a better hand.
Play your “Dorayaki” with gusto, complete the hand for doubly delicious bonus points!
A play on words of “dora” in Mahjong.
The comical component : Bonus coin (Koban)
Take the WIN! and get “Koban” (koban is an old Japanese coin). Depending on the strength of your hand, the Koban pile up, they jingle jangle, and the laughter may never end!
As called in Mahjong, the “scoring stick”.
(“Koban” are made of paper)
‘Beginner rules’ for the inexperienced Mahjong player and ‘Expert rules’ for the more experienced player. 2 levels of difficulty!
No experience of Mahjong needed!
Simple game play for beginners.
Pick up a matching card, ‘PON!’ Make 2 matching sets, ‘WIN!’
Play your KOBANS to the end!
Beginner rules instruction sheet
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More ways to WIN! More ways to a high score!
For the Mahjong connoisseur!
Incorporating beginner rules, Mahjong like hand can score.
Chin-itsu (ex. 馬 Chin-itsu)
Hon-itsu (ex. 場 Hon-itsu)
Expert rules instruction sheet
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Game design: Banana Moon Studio Sapporo
Team leader: MAEDA Hiroshi
Graphic designer: YOSHIDA Kinuka, ISHIJIMA Haruna
Production manager: MAEDA Kumiko
Translator: Darcy LEWIS
YouTube video: Paina-pozu Board Game Channel “Play BABA the Mahjongish”, October 22, 2020 (in Japanese)
Magazine article: Board game free magazine “Games to enjoy with friends who share your interests”, April 10, 2021 (in Japanese)
Excerpt from YouTube Live Streaming Archive: “BananaMoon@GameMarket Live: Day 2”, June 28, 2020 (in Japanese)