Alex the Allegator 2 is a simple board game that can be played against the computer or a friend. This fully functional game was the author's contribution to Allegro Speedhack 2001. At first glance the game appears to be an Othello clone, two players take turns placing colored tiles on an 8x8 board. Beyond that the rules and objectives differ.
The objective is to end the game with the highest score once either opponent has cleared all their tiles. Each turn a player may either place one of their colored tiles or slide any row/column by one unit. The row/column may not be moved again for one turn. When a group of four tiles forming a square is made, they are cleared from the board. If a player manages to remove 6 tiles in a rectangle they are awarded a special yellow tile which acts as a wild card allowing a square to be completed for any color. To make things even more interesting gray tiles will periodically appear on the board at random unfilled spots; a gray tile can only be removed with 3 yellow tiles although it's unlikely a player will use them in this way.
What makes this game interesting is that you can score points by completing squares of either color; for example, if your opponent slides a row and completes a square with your colored tiles he gets the points instead of you.
The game also has two levels of challenge for the human vs computer mode, a high score table, sounds, and music. Not bad for 72 hours!
Alex the Allegator 2 is a neat little board game for one or two players from Free Lunch Design. From the official site, your objective is simple: "...Place your tokens in turn on the board or slide a row or column. All in order to wipe the board from your own tokens. But beware, once the all the tokens of any player are gone, you must also have the highest score to beat your opponent. The game was originally written for the Allegro Speedhack 2001 where it won the the award 'Best Overall Game'."
Alex 2 is one of those board games that are deceptively simple, but grow on you after a few games. Getting rid of your opponent's tokens is difficult enough, but the additional requirement of getting the highest score makes game much more challenging. The relatively small size of the game board helps strike a good balance between difficulty level and game length, making it possible to finish a game in 15 minutes or less. If you enjoy coffee-break board games that are more challenging than a game of Solitaire, take a look at this small but fun freeware gem. Highly recommended!
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