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All of my reviews aim to offer a brief overview that allows people to get a good feel for what the game may offer them. I feel that other reviews can be sought if detailed game mechanics is what you are after.

Othello is another classic (almost iconic) abstract strategy game that seems to have been around forever. In fact so much so that it is one of the few strategy games owned by one of the major toy companies dating back to our own childhoods, Mattel.

Othello comprises of a board made up of 64 grid squares on a green background. The only other component are two sets of 32 round disks, one side is black and the other white. Each player receives their own set of disks and 4 disks are placed in the middle of the board, two white and two black, diagonally across from each other.

On a player’s turn they must place one disk onto the board showing their colour that traps an opponent’s disc or discs between two of their own. When discs are captured in this way they are turned over to show the colour of the player who made the capture, thus improving their position. Captures can be made only in a straight line running vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Clever players may be able to place a disk in such a way that multiple captures are made in multiple directions.

If a disc cannot be played to affect a capture then the player forfeits their turn. The game ends when both players cannot place a disc to create a capture. This may occur before all 64 squares are filled. The player’s then count up the number of disks showing their colour. The player with the most disks showing their colour wins.

The Final Word

Othello comes from that classic mould of abstract strategy games that offer limitless options and variable play. The game can be learned in 2 minutes but never be mastered. Highly appealing to those players that enjoy Chess, Checkers, Backgammon and other abstract games.
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