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Reverse Your Fortunes With A Game Of Othello
Member Name: askmeanything
Date: 02/12/12, updated on 01/10/13 (51 review reads)
Advantages: Meets the needs of players across generations and abilities
Disadvantages: Fiddly to handle.
Othello, the game, not Shakespeare's character, is great for all ages above the age of eight but there are plenty of children who have played this in my house around the age of six and enjoyed it. It's a game of strategy and mastery. However, just like the reversible counters it can flip over to be enjoyed with a simplicity and naivety of play.
The board is made up of sixty-four squares, rather like a chess board, but the squares that hold the counters are lined with a very smart green felt. The presentation of Othello is simple yet smart and therefore, looks sophisticated. Don't worry, though, sophistication does not bring with it a game of complication. The rules are easy to follow.
Two players compete against each other. The counters are quite thick and of round construction. They are made of hard plastic. One side of every counter is white and the other side is black. The players decide who will play with the black side and who will use the white side of the counters. The counters have their own storage space at each end of the square board with a cover that pulls down of the top, keeping the counters safe whilst also designating the position of the players at opposite ends of the board.
Set up only requires that four counters are place in the four middle squares. Two are black and two are white.
Black starts the game.
Each player has thirty-two counters.
The first player will place a counter in order to flank the opposing colour. The player can then turn over the counters, that they've sandwiched in between, so their colour is facing upright. The game continues in this manner throughout. Surround the opponents counter and flip it over so the colour is yours. You can take over whole rows diagonally, horizontally and vertically. Keep going until there are no empty squares remaining on the board.
However, just when you think the game is yours for the winning, in comes the other player with one fantastic move, and lo and behold you have to sit and watch, in growing despair, as your pieces are turned over and the board is flooded with the , now manically grinning, opponent's colour.
Players must always take their turn, even if it hurts to go, because that square is going to aid the opposition who will clearly be able to turn all your counters over! It's just tough you have to play into that last remaining square.
Sometimes a player can run out of counters. The opposition must supply their counters as long as the requirement is there.
And the winner is:
The person with their colour most dominant on the board, once all the spaces are filled with counters.
The counters are fiddly to retrieve from the storage compartment and are awkward to turn over in the squares.
It can be unfair to play someone who is beneath your level of skill and strategy. Young and novice players ought to play together and those with more experience and ability, to plan moves ahead and take steps of defence and prevention, ought to play their own skill set. Young children can enjoy this as they need only turn over the reversible counters and see the outcome emerge but this is very different to planning the moves in advance and thinking ahead to what moves your opponent might make.
This is a game of reversing successes and reversing failures. Othello is a wonderful challenge if you want to play strategically or it provides plenty of fun for those who want to have a go and see what happens, without having a plan in mind, and relying on good luck.
The beauty of this game is that it is equally enjoyable for those who haven't acquired the strategy skills as it is for those who can apply a bit more cunning! This makes Othello a game for just about everyone.
Our board is a good twenty plus years old. The felt has warn away inside some of the squares and the plastic covers that fold over the counters are a little scratched but it's withstood billions of games and done remarkably well. This is another fine game that I can strongly recommend to have in your own home but also to buy others as gifts. However, I have heard that more recent games are made with cheaper material which might not be as robust as my version. Look out for quality wooden versions.
I should think this game is very good for people with hearing impairments as it is a game reliant on sight skills. It is also useful for guests that don't speak English, as we have found, a quick demonstration requires no language, and instantly the barriers are broken down through game play.
Expect to pay around £20 for the board game but you can play for free online.
I could give you tips on how to improve your chances of winning, but I'm not going to in case I ever play against you!
Summary: A wonderful game.
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