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Othello

by Mattel

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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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  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 14.6 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Italy
  • ASIN: B00004TQMQ
  • Item model number: B3165
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,690 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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Product Description

"Othello is a game where not all is Black and White. The lead can change hands from play to play and strategy is everything. Play is simple. Players are represented by either Black or White discs on the board. On each turn, players flank the discs of the opposing player between two of their own. Once captured, the double-sided discs are turned over and become the opposite color. If you have a move, you have to take it whether you want to or not. That's all, that's the entire game. But more and more discs fall to the opposing side with each turn. Where will it all end? Starting from just four discs to begin the game, play moves all over the board with as many as 64 discs placed by the final move. Play can end when one player can't make any more moves OR when the board is full. To add to the fun, if you can make a move but you're out of discs, your opponent has to give you one of theirs. That's like arming the enemy! As you become more and more familiar with Othello, certain strategies will begin to emerge. Owning a corner is always an advantage as that protects your discs in the immediate vicinity - your opponent can't outflank you. But is your opponent backing you towards a corner so they can try to control it themselves? That's the strategy of Othello. Can you see enough moves ahead to make your opponent put a disc somewhere they don't want to? A minute to learn...a lifetime to master!"

From the Manufacturer

"Othello is a game where not all is Black and White. The lead can change hands from play to play and strategy is everything. Play is simple. Players are represented by either Black or White discs on the board. On each turn, players flank the discs of the opposing player between two of their own. Once captured, the double-sided discs are turned over and become the opposite color. If you have a move, you have to take it whether you want to or not. That’s all, that’s the entire game. But more and more discs fall to the opposing side with each turn. Where will it all end? Starting from just four discs to begin the game, play moves all over the board with as many as 64 discs placed by the final move. Play can end when one player can’t make any more moves OR when the board is full. To add to the fun, if you can make a move but you’re out of discs, your opponent has to give you one of theirs. That’s like arming the enemy! As you become more and more familiar with Othello, certain strategies will begin to emerge. Owning a corner is always an advantage as that protects your discs in the immediate vicinity - your opponent can’t outflank you. But is your opponent backing you towards a corner so they can try to control it themselves? That’s the strategy of Othello. Can you see enough moves ahead to make your opponent put a disc somewhere they don’t want to? A minute to learn…a lifetime to master!"

Customer Reviews

I always loved Othello and have a version from the 80's.
Willa
I was introduced to this game when I was a kid and have loved it ever since.
Chad S. Groen
This game is very easy to learn and can be played by almost all ages.
Jane F. Lux

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

118 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Dewey TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2002
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This is my favorite game. The rules are easy enough so that you can learn in 5 minutes. However, the game changes as your skill level changes.
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.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Jared Castle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2008
First, let me say this game is fun if you are playing on a quality game board with quality playing pieces.

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.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Joe Ekaitis on June 26, 2003
You put down your black disk, enclosing your opponent's white disk between another black disk already on the board. You then flip the opponent's disk from white to black. You and your opponent take turns until there are no more available moves and the player whose color dominates the board is the winner.

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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By AlexJouJou TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2004
I've seen this game often in the stores but passed it up in favor of the flashier games with the namebrand attached.
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JET VINE VOICE on January 2, 2003
This is a simple game that is easy to learn, but never fails to surprise. Each game is different, even if you play against the same opponent. Although I am typically not very good at strategy, Othello provides satisfaction of my thirst for a challenge, yet does not frustrate me. Parents be warned: this game is quiet and takes patience. Older kids might appreciate it more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Cox on November 5, 2003
I picked up Othello one day on a whim. My aunt and I love board games and strategy games above all. We sat down, read through the instructions, and started playing... and played... and played... and played.
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.
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