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- This classic game of strategy takes a minute to learn, a lifetime to master
- It's simple enough for children yet challenging for adults
- Great fun for the entire family
- For all generations
- Includes 64 reversible discs, one playing board, six playing board feet and instructions
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If you are young, this is an excellent mind-expanding game, plus a lot of fun.
If you aren't very good at games, this can be a good social game that is quick to learn. Just make sure you play someone at your skill level.
If you love strategy games, this game is for you. If you haven't played it since you were a kid, you probably haven't appreciated the intense strategic elements in this game. I think this game coined the phrase "A minute to learn, a lifetime to master." It is a lot of fun going through the mastery process.
The quality is not as good as I remember it as a kid, but the board will hold together even though the green felt will wear quickly.
And, as a trivia note, Othello is the brand name of the generic game of Reversi. Reversi is available for free at many online gaming sites.
Othello is a great game for young children. The rules are easy to learn and this game provides a solid education in basic strategy.
However, I set aside my own nostalgia for this game and looked at the reality of what's inside the box.
Here's the negatives:
This game board is cheap.
The poor construction means poor durability; the faux felt is already peeling away from the board.
The board is designed so tight that the game pieces almost have to be snapped into place when you flip them.
The game pieces are thinner and harder to pick up, especially for older hands (beware grandparents).
Steer clear of this version from Mattel. See if you can find a better quality version of the game. It makes a difference.
Message to Mattel: I'd rather pay the extra $10-$15 for you to provide better-quality materials. Cheap construction like this makes me think twice about buying your other games.
There. That's all there is to Othello. And a little dust was all there was to Vesuvius.
Beneath its innocent appearance and simple game play, Othello conceals one of the most challenging and enduring strategy games known to humanity. Believed to be older than chess and checkers (going back to when it was called Reversi), Othello is a game of unexpected twists and turns, mind-bending strategy and constant challenge. It's one of a handful of strategy games where the outcome isn't decided in the first few moves. If you're playing black, there might be 2 or 3 white disks on the board as the game nears the end. Then, in a few moves you never anticipated, your opponent is suddenly flipping disk after disk to the opposite color. And all you can do is sit there and watch it happen.
Because of its non-linguistic, purely symbolic game play, it's a game many parents teach to their children and soon, find themselves getting whomped over and over again. A child's ability to think abstractly and look ahead hasn't yet been hindered by the adult obsession with language and the written and spoken word. Like learning to draw, becoming skilled at Othello is a function of the "right" brain: thinking without words, seeing everything, pondering every possibility. It's possible to sit in the middle of a busy airport playing Othello and, over time, becoming completely oblivious to everything else going on around you.Read more ›
We are gamehounds and I have so many games it was getting harder to find games we DIDN'T have! Enter: Othello. What a fabulous game!
My daughter (she's 7) picked up how to play very quickly. This is a game of strategy, not chance. In that aspect it is much more educational than so many other games out there which rely on chance and sometimes leave kids with "poor gamemanship" attitudes. I really found myself thinking hard after every move my daughter made. Now that is a GREAT game! Challenging on all levels.
This is also an excellent game for math skills. I highly recommend this game.
The rules are simple (easy enough for my six year-old son to figure out) and the game requires that you use strategy and truly plan out moves rather than simply plunking your disk down anywhere. My son, although he requires a bit of assistance from time to time, has fallen in love with the game. My aunt and I have even allowed it to usurp our long time favorite game of backgammon. There's no need to talk, so it even keeps us entertained durring illnesses.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very nice game set - sturdy and well made. Even though I usually lose the game, I greatly enjoy playing it!Published 6 days ago by ks
Missing so many pieces that I cannot even finish a game. Thanks....Published 2 months ago by John Clare
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I paid a premium for the Green and Black Othello Game. What I got was the newer Blue Othello version. Read more
christmas present for my grandkids..... we loved this game when my son was a kid!!!!Published 4 months ago by Anna
Very well constructed little game, and fun to play too. The finishing on the board and the pieces itself is top-notchPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simple rules and fun for adults and children to play. This is a family favorite in our home.Published 4 months ago by Readnotrun