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Christian King
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Deflexion is some what like chess, in that you have a board similar to a chess board and you have pieces that do different things. You also have a piece called a Pharaoh that is similar to a king in that if it dies you lose. That's about where the similarity ends. Instead of taking the opponents piece with one of your pieces, you instead shoot your opponents piece on a non-reflective side with your stationary laser located on the right-hand side of the board. You use the reflective side of your pieces to bounce the laser beam around the board.

You have 4 types of pieces; Pyramid, Pharaoh, Djed, and Obelisk. The Pyramid has one reflective side and is you main piece for bouncing you laser beam around the board. The Pharaoh is essentially your king (you lose when it dies) and has no reflective sides. The Djed is the most powerful piece on the board because both of its two sides are reflective (it can’t be killed) and it can swap positions with any Pyramid piece. The Obelisk is the most useless piece on the board because it has no reflective sides and generally only serves as cannon fodder. All pieces can move one space in any direction (including diagonally). Also at the end of every turn you must fire your laser.

Pro: Deflexion is a simple game to get into and a lot of fun to play. One strategy that is particularly satisfying is to try to get your opponent to shoot there own piece or even there own Pharaoh. The board looks great and the laser beam bounces very well around the board. The pieces are slightly translucent so they glow a bit when they get hit with the laser.

Con: It’s not as strategically deep as I would like it to be. Because all the pieces can only move one square and because there is only one stationary laser its fairy easy to see what your opponents plan is. As far as difficulty and strategic depth, I would say that it’s between Checkers and Chess. All of the pieces are pretty useful except the Obelisk. The Obelisk does nothing but get shot and so far I haven’t found any reason to move it, even when it’s about to die.
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