Because I’m very bad at Chess, I love Onitama and am reasonably good at it, and when I played War Chest recently… it felt way more like Chess than Onitama does. There was that same constricting feeling of “you have made one mistake, and now you have to play out a bunch more moves but you’re going to lose”.
Which is the opposite of what VictorViper felt about those two games.
I wonder whether the thing that works about Onitama for me is that, once you’ve messed up, you generally lose pretty quickly.
This is very clearly a matter of perception - I didn’t enjoy War Chest at all but I’m certainly not going to say one game is better than the other except in a specific context - but I’m curious to know how other people feel.