Stratego Board Game
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- Includes: 30 Red Army Pieces, 30 Blue Army Pieces, 1 Battlefield Game Board, 1 Red Label Sheet, 1 Blue Label Sheet, 2 Storage Bags, 1 Instruction Sheet
- The Ultimate Strategy Game for 2 Players
- Easy, Out of the Box Play
- Classic Strategic Game Play
- Futuristic Battle Theme
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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This is the 50th anniversary version of Stratego, and here are the most notable changes:
The Newer version-->
(1) Distant planet military setting
(2) Each player gets 30 pieces
(3) High numbered pieces are powerful - (10 = Marshall, 9 = General, etc)
(4) The Spotter - a piece that can capture any opponent's piece by correctly guessing its rank.
The Older version-->
(1) Classic wartime military setting
(2) Each player gets 40 pieces.
(3) Low numbered pieces are powerful - (1 = Marshall, 2 = General, etc)
(4) There is no Spotter in this version
The basic strategies remain - using misdirection, placing bombs either near or far away from the flag, having the Spy lay in wait for the charging attack of the Marshall, and so forth.
The 2 Spotter pieces are a real game-changer. In the original game, I usually remembered where the bombs were, but paid little attention to other pieces. This newer version of Stratego rewards the player who memorizes the ranks of their opponents pieces, since the Spotters can defeat ANY piece on the board (as long as they are guessed correctly).
It took me a while to get used to playing this game with a lesser number of pieces and the reversed structure of power, but my daughter picked it up right away because she didn't have to un-learn the older version.
If you like classic Stratego, this might take a while to get used to, but take it from this old dog: Calling in an orbital laser strike to decimate your foes is a GREAT new trick to learn.
First, there's the cheapness of the set, the pieces in particular. You have to put stickers on the blank pieces in order to play (the true original version came with stamped/embossed pieces - no stickers whatsoever). And, the stickers don't stay on. After owning this version for only a few months and only playing a dozen or so times, the stickers have lost their stickiness and now regularly fall off the pieces.
Second, the changes in the game from the true original version make the game, in my opinion, less interesting and fun. Most significantly, the game board is now two rows shallower, and each side now has only 30 pieces, instead of the 40 pieces in the true original version. The 10 piece reduction came mostly at the expense of regular soldier pieces, leaving the remaining 30 pieces disproportionately over-loaded with specialty pieces like miners and scouts. And, on top of that, they've added yet another category of specialty piece - "spotters," with two of those per side. Spotters, with their "special ability," overly shift the advantage to defense and, in my opinion, further negatively impact the dynamics of the game.
Overall, I regret having purchased this new version. Had I know the differences beforehand, I wouldn't have bought it. I'm about to purchase a used set from the 60's/70's. Ebay has more than a few available. They're selling for roughly $30 - $35 there. Yeah, I probably sound like an old fart - as in, I'm wedded to the version I grew up with.Read more ›
Right out of the box I was surprised at the update. Instead of the classic wooden Napoleonic war figures we get Halo-inspired futuristic space warriors on plastic counters. I didn't mind that too much. I loved the Risk 2210 A.D. update, and I know games have to stay current.
What was disappointing was that the game had been simplified with a smaller playing field and about ten less pieces per side. I hate it when games are "dumbed down" for a short attention-span generation. There is one new piece added, The Spotter, which adds a bit more random chance to the game as well. The Spotter can guess a piece in front of him, and if you are right then that piece is removed from combat.
I was surprised at how fast the games went. I played with my wife, and we were able to play about five games in thirty minutes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We got this to play with grandsons. Excellent game, and the 5-year old is very adept.Published 9 days ago by Michael G. Sklar
Classic game I remember playing when I was a kid. Updated and some new rules variations make this a hit for my kids.Published 1 month ago by MikeinTX
Ordered and evaluated years ago - it was a gift - not sure i remember if this was enjoyedPublished 1 month ago by A Midwesterner
To all the people out there that gave this new version a bad review I say this:
I wish there were 100 variations of this game. Read more
This is a really fun game to play with my daughter. It gets you to use your brain, too. It is one of our favorite games to play together, except when I win, because she hates to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dana J.