Othello

a game by Tsukuda Co., Ltd

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Board Games

Othello
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim
  • Machine: NES

1 joystick

Did you know there is a secret slot mode in this game? Well, if you start up a game using SELECT and START, the mode will be displayed as "slot".

Play through the game normally, but when it prompts you to hit START to count the final number of chips, hit SELECT and A. A strange display will appear, and you'll have a chance to get some extra chips on your side.

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A Minute to Learn...A Lifetime to Master

It's a never ending challenge, whether you pit your wits against the computer or a friend. In a split second one move can win the game.

Your opponent traps your discs and flips them to his side. Unless you beat him to it. The advantage shifts from Black to White and buck before you can say Othello. With four skill levels to boggle your mind, no matter which you play, you'll flip!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim;
  • Machine: Nintendo

"A minute to learn... a lifetime to master". That phrase does a good job of summing up Othello, a popular board game now available for your NES system. Most of you are probably already familiar with this Japanese game of high strategy, but if you're not, be prepared to be amazed at how complex a simple game can be.

I know that last sentence sounds like a contradiction, but it's not. You see, the rules for Othello are deceptively simple. Players take turns placing chips on the board, each move causing one or more of their opponent's chips to be flanked by two of their own. The flanked chips are then "flipped" to the flanking player's color. Game play couldn't be any simpler.

Once you get into Othello, however, you'll be amazed at how far-reaching a single move can be. One misplaced chip could set up the board for a coup by your opponent, with so many of your chips being flipped that the entire outlook of the game will change.

On the other hand, the more of your opponent's chips on the board, the better your chances are of flanking large numbers of them with a single move.

Acclaim's translation of Othello allows one-player games against the computer or two-player games, human against human. Before a game begins, several options need to be selected, including a one-or two-player game, the length of the game in minutes and, in the one-player mode, the difficulty level. In the computer-vs.-human mode, you may also choose to play either black or white. Once the options have been selected, each player enters his name, and the match begins.

The game's controls - an all-important element in the translation of a board game to a computer - are simple and easy to use. You move an on-screen hand to point to where you wish to place your piece, and, if the move is legal, the computer places the disk and flips any of your opponent's pieces that have been flanked. Should you attempt an illegal move, the game tells you to "Try again".

The on-screen clocks display the amount of time each player has consumed. As soon as it becomes a player's turn, his clock begins advancing, with the time being accumulated over the entire length of the game. Should any player's clock run out, his opponent automatically wins.

The game ends when the board is filled with disks, when one of the clocks runs out or when neither player can make a legal move. At this time, the number of chips for each player are tallied and the winner's name displayed.

One handy feature included in this electronic version of Othello is the ability to cancel the last set of moves. In the case of a one-player game, selecting this option will cancel both yours and the computer's last moves, with no verification necessary. But in the two-player game, both players must agree to the cancellation.

Like chess, Othello is a game of pure strategy - there is no luck involved. But, unlike chess, Othello's simplicity makes it perfect for the entire family. Though the strategies required to master this game are tough to learn, the game can be enjoyed by even a young child.

reggie posted a review

Published by Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. and developed by Kawada, Co. Ltd, the game was released in 1988.

This video game is a conversion of the board game. Here every player has to fill the game board with as many discs of his color as possible. On each turn the player puts a disc on the board, picking a place where the opponent’s discs will become trapped amid two of his discs. Those trapped discs are flipped over to the color of the players. The game is over when the board is filled or else time has run out. The player with the best result – has got the greatest number of his color discs on the board, scores the victory. This game can be played by two players against each other. Or also one player can play against the computer.

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