This is a beautiful Reversi game where the aim of the game is to have more of your pieces on the board at the end than the opponent. This popular online board game can be played by one or two players. Reversi is also known as Othello.
The board consists of a 64-square (8 by 8) checker board plus 64 playing pieces.
The aim of the game is to trap and flip your opponent.
The game ends when all squares are filled or when neither player can make a legal move.
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Reversi Board Game Online Play Instructions
How to Play Reversi
Place your pieces around your opponent’s pieces to convert their color to yours. Whoever has more pieces at the end of the game wins.
Starting the Game
Click on the green play button on the welcome screen to start the game.
Select the game mode and difficulty level.
Play mode: player vs player or player vs computer.
Difficulty level: easy, medium, or hard.
The rules will be displayed.
Flip you opponents pieces by trapping them between two of your own.
Your aim is have more pieces of your color than your opponent when the game ends.
The game starts with four pieces at the center.
The timer counts up for each turn.
Click on a square to place a piece.
The computer will block your attempt if you try to place a piece on an invalid square.
Like Othello, the board consists of a 64-square checker board plus 64 playing pieces.
Rules & How To Play Reversi
Dark player moves first.
Each piece played must be laid adjacent to an opponent’s piece.
The row of opponent’s pieces must be flanked by the new piece and another piece of the player’s color.
If a piece is played so that pieces or rows of pieces in more than one direction are trapped between the new piece played and other pieces of the same color, then all the pieces in all directions are turned over.
The game is over when no player has a viable move.
The winning player is the player with the most pieces showing their color.
The number of flips are shown next to each timer.
The winning player is the player with the most pieces showing their color at the end of the game.
Othello Strategy: How To Win Reversi
Try to take a corner.
The corners are known as stable discs as they cannot be flipped.
It means your opponent has fewer options.
Be careful with laying pieces one removed from the corner (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) as it can enable your competitor to take the corner.
Look for positions where your opponent can’t make as many moves.
Again, the fewer options they have the more control shifts to you.
If you place pieces where they can’t make a move (because they do not have any pieces on the opposing side) then their turn is skipped. In some cases if you set it up correctly you can do this 3 or 4 turns in a row and shift a large portion of the board.
Flank your opponent’s pieces.
If you can get a piece at each end of a row or column, either straight or diagonally, then every piece in the row between your two pieces is captured.
New players look for any move that turns the most pieces. This is known as a maximum disks strategy. However, Reversi is won towards the end.
Look to place yourself strategically on the board early on, typically at corners so as to limit your opponent’s options.
The fewer pieces you have on the board, the better. Your mobility will be increased while limiting your competitor’s mobility.
Pieces that have empty squares beside them form the “frontier”. The rest are called interior discs. Try not to have many frontier pieces.
For more advanced Reversi strategy ideas, check out the following “How to win at Othello” video.
Reversi & Othello Trivia
There are claims that the Reversi board game has existed for thousands of years. However, the modern form of the game was invented in 1883. It was given the name Othello in 1971.
The number of legal positions in Othello is estimated at 10 to the 28th power.
Standard time control in the World Championship is thirty minutes.
Reversi was first included with Microsoft Windows 1.0 and remained a popular feature until it was removed with the advent of Microsoft Vista.
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This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.
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