Black and White
By Hongtao Guo
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Black and White or Reversi is an abstract strategy board game which involves play by two parties on an eight-by-eight square grid with pieces that have two distinct sides. Pieces typically appear coin-like, but with a light and a dark face, each side representing one player. The object of the game is to make your pieces constitute a majority of the pieces on the board at the end of the game, by turning over as many of your opponent's pieces as possible.
What's New in Version 1.1
Game name changed
Buttons action bugs fixed
UI images updated
Medium is hardest... And other issues
1) The medium setting seems more difficult than the hard setting. If you find "hard" not challenging enough, try switching to medium. This is strange because hard is much slower than medium. On hard I win 95% of the time--on medium I win only half of the time. I wonder what would happen if the developer played "medium" against "hard"...
2) Navigating away from the game abandons any progress in the current game. There is no "save game."
3) No option to let the AI start the game. No option to play white.
4) There is no randomization in The opponent. You can "memorize" gameplay because each AI skill has only one play for each possible set of choices. In order to introduce some variety in your play--you have to make moves that seem silly just because you want the opponent to be unpredictable.
5) The game does not inform you if the opponent passes or if you must pass. You have to figure that out yourself, which can be annoying if you want to keep your attention on the board.
Too easy, and you always move first. Also, medium is more challenging than hard.
There are other free reversi/othello games, which include 2-player option, option to play a network player, option to go second, and a smarter AI.
To beat this game, take the corners and build from there, as your pieces cannot be flipped back. Avoid going one square diagonally In from the corner; if the AI goes there, make plans to capture the corner. In starting play, try to place your pieces in the center 4x4 area, especially in the four key corners there. Be careful playing on the edge, and be very cautious playing two counters on the edge separated by one empty square. Since many pieces can be flipped at once, try not getting too many counters in your color at the beginning of the game; this will limit the AI's choices.
Visually good but no challenge
Well made, but way too easy in hard mode. I've never lost! I'll admit I am pretty good at this game, but I've played MUCH harder computers, some I can't beat. Absolutely no challenge at all for me, but I guess good for less experienced. Also, should tell you whos turnit is because sometimes if the computer player is taking a long, I'm not sure if it has gone or not. Other times, I'm sitting there waiting not knowing it has gone because I've looked away for a moment when it's my turn. If it was at least a little more challenging, I wouldn't have deleted it in 10 min but I guess it was free anyways.