When was the last time you played Othello? It’s such a classic game; I’ll bet you played it when you were a child. I certainly did. Actually, I think it was one of my sister’s games. I always enjoyed playing it so I was very happy to receive it in the fabulous bundle of boredom busters from Ideal Games.
The rules are really easy to learn, and the basic concept of the game is that both players have 32 discs, each with a black and a white face.
One player is black, the other white. The aim of the game is to flip as many as you can of the pieces over so that they show your colour. You get the chance to flip the discs over when you place a piece on the board with at least one of your opponent’s pieces in between two of your coloured discs.
James picked up how to play straight away, and figured out that what you do now can help you in a few turns if you play it well. So strategy was beginning to form even in that first game.
There are lots of times in the game of Othello that you think you’ve lost; most of the pieces are your opponent’s colour and then you manage to place one that flips the discs up, across and diagonally – suddenly the game is in your favour!
Othello takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master! The internationally acclaimed two-player strategy game, the object is to trap and capture your opponent by placing your disks on the board. “Sandwich” at least one of your opponent’s pieces to turn their disk to your colour….but look out, your opponent will do the same to you. The lead can change with the flip of a disk in this classic fast-paced strategy game.