Atari 2600 – Othello

I was expecting a cool shaksperian action game.

Sadly its just a fancy name for the board game Reversi.
So I’m actually not sad at all because I love Reversi.
If you never played it before, let me give you a quick rundown that I copied from Wikipedia because I’m a lazy bum:

Reversi is a strategy board game for two players, played on an 8×8 uncheckered board. There are sixty-four identical game pieces called disks (often spelled “discs”), which are light on one side and dark on the other. Players take turns placing disks on the board with their assigned color facing up. During a play, any disks of the opponent’s color that are in a straight line and bounded by the disk just placed and another disk of the current player’s color are turned over to the current player’s color.

It’s a great game that is easy to pick up but has an incredible high skill ceiling.
I like to think of it as a smarter Checkers.

Othello gives you exactly that, but the pieces are changed into little squares and the background is painted in an ugly green that looks like snot.
Whoever made that decision deserves a serious spanking.

There are three difficulty levels, but if you are just starting out you will have a hard time on even the easiest level. The cpu is a real beast.
Dont fall into a trap by being overly aggressive early in the game. Try to secure the borders to color multiple lines at once.
There is of course a two-player mode, but breaking out the real board game is probably a better idea. I’ll say it again: don’t be such a turbonerd!

Besides being kinda ugly, Othello is fun and addicting game.
Play it!




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