OTTO Game Over

easy to learn,
a challenge to master it

A different board game that, with simple rules and some depth, entertains everyone from the first game.

From the neophyte to the expert, from the child to the passionate nerd.

OTTO Game Over


Being completely deprived of any setting, the game can be defined as ‘universal’, as it’s based on visual perception of symbolic geometries.

We mean it. Otto is a discovery not an invention.

The graphic language through which the game has been devised, is rooted in mathematical and geometrical principles that belong both to nature and the whole universe.

Just think, you could even play it with an extraterrestrial.

How do you play OTTO?

You place tiles on the board to form circles or squares with which to score points.

The tiles can literally be placed at random: consistent patterns with infinite combinations will always be generated.

The player’s skill lies in creating the 8, which is the symbol of infinity.

Secret cards and bully tiles will take the game to a higher strategic level.

Who can play OTTO?

The rules are easily understood by everyone, and also written with some irony (it is still the rules of a game, not the Treccani encyclopedia 😝).

A few simple rules to start playing right away

The super-experienced player, on the other hand, will discover the deeper and even somewhat hidden mechanisms of OTTO. After a few games, he will be able to master the game and yes, even strategize.

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  • one game to learn how to play;
  • 8 games to have fun while strategizing;
  • 80 games to become almost unbeatable.

A game outside the box

You should know that OTTO was created outside the typical canons of the board game industry.

This game was born almost by accident, during the 2021 lockdown, from the notes of our designer Franco Caniatti, aka Frank (if you want to know the whole story you can read it here) and then developed here in Arcastudio, his communication studio.

The game mechanics, the materials-above-average quality-and the entire graphic design have been taken care of in every detail with obsessive attention.
OTTO Game Over is a real design object as well as a board game.

You can tell as soon as you open the box.

We still wonder how it could happen that such a minimalist and essential game, without a myriad of miniatures, was funded on Kickstarter in only 8 hours.

Probably the originality of the game won out over everything.

Over 2,000 games shipped to 52 countries around the world with Kickstarter

Watch the video presentation for Kickstarter ⬇️

Read the opinions of experts in the field


Take note of this figure: 7.9228e28

A figure so high that it is unpronounceable: that is the number of different potential matches you can make with OTTO.

This number is obtained from the possible combinations between all the tiles on the board: each game you will get a different pattern, a real abstract picture!

An abstract game
with a little bit of RANDOMNESS

We have even coined a new term for it-you will find out in a moment.

Meanwhile, pay attention to what we are about to tell you:
if you want to have everything under control, from the beginning to the end of the game, know that

OTTO Game Over, it’s not for you 💔!

OTTO Game Over

OTTO is a strategy game with a certain amount of randomness.
We know well that randomness disturbs players who like pure abstract games, such as chess 😱.

The unpredictability and possible reversals down to the last move make OTTO dynamic and fun, without compromising game tactics.
Therefore, alea cannot be missed in OTTO.

An “abstract-creative” with unique gameplay

After more than 300 games, we realized that the winning skill in this game is creativity. This is why we wanted to define OTTO as an “abstract-creative.”

The game balances between strategy, the vision of future opportunities, chance, and the player’s style.

It is true that you can have a fluke and win a game even if you are not a top; but you can rest assured that the final challenge will be won by the best, despite the randomness.

Those who have played it say.

Selected by the ADI Design Index

Design and attention to detail runs through Arcastudio’s veins, and OTTO Game Over is proof of that. Today, however, we can really say it out loud:

OTTO Game Over is a board game that has officially become part of Italian design history”.

OTTO Game Over ADI Design Index 2022
OTTO Game Over Adi Design

It was selected by ADI’s Permanent Observatory of Design, which has been selecting the best products designed in the tradition of Italian industrial design throughout the country for more than 60 years.

DOOR magazine talks about OTTO

Read the article: "Everything is design - Infinity by play" by Marco Romani

I giochi di società, anche i più scemi, hanno tutti un pregio: mettere delle persone intorno a un tavolo. Nessun nickname, solo esseri umani con i loro sorrisi e gli attacchi d’ira quando la fortuna proprio non gira. Pensato durante il lockdown da Franco Caniatti di Arcastudio, Otto Game Over è completamente realizzato in materiali eco (carta, stoffa, legno) e si basa su intuitivi principi matematico-geometrici che appartengono alla natura e al cosmo (uno dei claim è che «potresti giocarci anche con un extraterrestre»). Selected by Adi and included in the Index to participate in the next edition of the Compasso d’oro, Otto Game Over ( has in the visual impact created by the circular or square tokens in the primary colors on the black board the first principle of the game. Thus, the design is not a mere decoration but the necessary condition to start the game, which is a succession of figures. The goal is to create the number eight, or infinity. Not exactly a nothing goal.

OTTO is environmentally conscious

🐳 99,9% plastic-free

♻️ recyclable materials

🇮🇹 made in Italy

By purchasing OTTO you will have the security of having a totally recyclable product made of quality materials: cardboard, paper, wood, and cloth (only the cellphane that protects it is made of plastic).

Made in Italy under optimal working conditions.

The price of OTTO

The first edition of OTTO Game Over can be considered a deluxe edition.

We made refined and elegant choices, always the highest quality. Someone said that OTTO’s planking is so strong that you could drive nails into the wall 🤣

  • ;Le carte segrete sono spesse e durevoli, e sono contenute in un portacarte.
  • ;La torretta portatessere è una chicca in più.
  • ;I sacchetti sono serigrafati
  • ;Ci sono ben 2 regolamenti (uno sintetico e uno approfondito)
OTTO Game Over

The moment you open the box of OTTO, you realize that Frank’s 40 years of experience in papermaking have made themselves felt

The price of OTTO fully reflects the quality of the game.

However, in these 2 years we have realized that it is a price that may be a bit high for some people. This made OTTO be seen as a somewhat niche, high-end game.

Otto Game Over

We have given it a lot of thought.

Our mission is playful fun, is to make as many people as possible have fun with OTTO.

We have made a decision: the last copies of OTTO Game Over will be discounted while supplies last…

We have been working on a new prototype that can be produced at a lower cost, ensuring a price in the mid-range market.

In order to start with the new production, we need to empty our stock: that’s why we decided to make a major discount on the last copies of OTTO!

OTTO Game Over, first deluxe edition, will be the same price as the cheaper second edition.

As you may have guessed, this is an opportunity that cannot be repeated once the last pieces are finished.

We look forward to having you with us,
a dear greeting,

Arcastudio’s Team