Othello is a classic game that has stood the test of time. I remember learning it when I was little and I'm happy to see that our children love this board game too. Like many 2 player strategic games, it can really develop good thinking skills.
Is Othello fun and can the whole family enjoy it? A game where the outlook is constantly changing is fun. While younger children may just be interested in the immediate turn at hand (flipping as many of their opponent's tiles as possible each turn and watching the board change colors/design constantly) older players will learn to think ahead and plan for future domination to pull out the win at the end of the game. Like chess, they learn that forethought can go a long way to helping them win in the end. But unlike chess, you don't have to learn many facets to enjoy it. It's easy for youngsters to pick up and love.
Kids really love to count every turn to see if they’re beating you. And what’s really fun is when you think you've got 'em, and then they turn the tables on you. That’s when you know they’re starting to see more in the game than meets the eye.
Kid’s Rating: 10/10 (stated as a 5 and a 10 (out of 5) Meeple score in the video) Dad’s Rating: 7/10 Good game to play when you want some one-on-one time with your kids.
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