8088 Othello is a four-color ASCII graphic board game similar to Reversi. The game is for 1 player and you battle against the computer to get more of your pieces on a board. In every game you only play with the black pieces. There are five levels of gameplay that go from 1 (easiest) to 5 (hardest). The board you play on features coordinates in which you type in the order to pick a place for your pieces. However, your pieces will only go on lines that are either vertical, horizontal or diagonal to one of your previous pieces. You also have four options: pass, switch, unmove and quit at the main menu. The game does not feature any high scores.
8088 Othello is a classical board game of stealing opponent's pieces. The concept is very simple, yet quite brilliant.
To play this game you have to think about lines! To place a new piece it has to be in a line (either vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) with one of your previous pieces and you need to capture at least one opponent's piece in between. Opponent's pieces that you've captured become your pieces (by changing their color).
The winner is the player, who ends up having more pieces, unless you're able to capture all of the opponent's pieces and win.
It's very simple to learn, but extremely difficult to master.
This computerized version has 5 levels of difficulty and trust me, the beginning level is already a challenge for the inexperienced players. The toughest level is really hard to beat. You place your pieces by typing in the letter and number of the position you wish to move to. Then see what happens and how the computerized opponent will react.
The game has no sounds, but the colors are quite nice (although it only has 4 colors - but it needs no more). Unfortunately you can't play against a human opponent.
And last but not least, even the people with the slowest of all connections won't mind downloading this one and giving it a try, because it's the smallest game archive on the site thus far. The archive is little less then 3kb and if you ask me, it's the best 3kb you can download (even some of the screenshots take up more space then the entire game).
A simple yet addictive board-game this one... Stumbled upon it when I was browsing through my Harddisk - 8088 Othello? What was that again? Tried it and couldn't let it go for more than an hour. The concept is so simple you almost can't believe how much it can tickle your brain. You start with 2 pieces per player. You play against the computer. If you manage to place a new piece in a way one or more pieces of your opponent are (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) between the new one and one of your pieces that has already been there - if you can't place a new piece like that you can't do anything. Basically you and your computer played opponent are doing nothing more than placing ONE new piece per round. But after some matches you will see that this is far from being easy! The computer is a challenging opponent (haven't found any differences between the different levels) - he builds traps and seems to plan his future moves. Keeping track of all the possibilities is hard - but you will also want to give your best and not lose against the computer over and over again. Well, believe me - you will need some good strategies - don't think this would be easier than chess just because there is only ONE kind of piece on the board!
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