Othello Acclaim 1988 16 percent (Very Common)

ot quite as fun when your friend isn't calling you an...."

Board games that are switched over to the video game format always come with a bit of scrutiny. Othello is a game that doesnít break that cycle by taking a rather obscure board game and turning it into a video game version for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In all honesty, there is nothing in this game that really changes from playing the original board game, other than the different visuals that you come into contact with when you do something right, or get screwed over by the computer! The basis of the game is fairly simple in which you use small pieces to flip your opponent pieces over and therefore try to take up as much of the board space as you can within the parameters of the board spacing. Really, what youíre doing is playing a game that is somewhat more fun on the kitchen table than it is in the virtual form, simply because you have to have that human reaction of totally screwing over your friends while you play.

The game play works a little like this, in which you take colored pieces and attempt to fill up as many of the spots as you possibly can within an 8x8 grid. Through this, youíll place a piece and hopefully flips over the computer pieces, therefore giving you a better number and score to continue! Now, where the game takes a slightly strange twist is when the computer goes through and places a single piece, only to flip over four of yours. Most of the game is played through a bit of chance and luck, with skill only coming through when you have a better understanding of the game. Each move is timed, and even though it is two-players, the game doesnít have that real life factor in which you and your friend are sitting across from each other, screaming obscenities at one another when one of you does something skilled! Board games that go under the transition really donít have that draw like you would expect, and even though the game is challenging against the computer, it does get rather boring and repetitive after about twenty minutes or so. With an extreme lack of game play options and different modes of play, youíll find that the game really doesnít have much to offer to the casual gamer, and without a couple of friends to play with, it isnít all that fun.

The control is simple enough to learn and use, in which all you have to do is place a piece with the highlighting of one the squares in the 8x8 grid. Anyone can pick this game up and play after about five minutes, in which the game only allows you to move so far ahead and place a piece down! No advanced maneuvers and no special moves are needed, so if youíre looking for a board game that has other things that you can do, youíre not looking in the right place. With the lack of things that you can do, there is no difference from playing this in your living room on the actual board as opposed to the virtual version, so gamers of any age can play this and have no trouble understanding what the game has to offer!

Visually, the game is as simple as it gets. There are no special backgrounds or anything else that you have to look at and youíll spend most of your time looking at the 8x8 grid and placing the different colored pieces on the board. You have a couple of different characters that sit on the side of the screen and react to what happens during the game, but there is nothing special or intricate about it! Your pieces are simple colors and they never change from the mottled brown and pearl white colors, so you have nothing that will really catch your eye or make you remember anything important. When you compare this to other board games that have taken the virtual format, you really have nothing that jumps out at your or makes the game especially different, so donít expect too much. Consider this a game that is about average for the NES visuals and the hardware and youíll know exactly what to expect at any given moment!

The audio here in Othello is limited to NES MIDI music that doesnít really get you into the flow of the game. What youíll find is that the game doesnít offer you anything more than one track and even that one track doesnít do much to pace out the game! The game itself is slow, and the music matches that with no variation no matter what level or round youíre playing through, so again, donít expect too much. The audio effects are limited to the flipping of pieces and a couple of cute instances of your character making a beep. All in all, this falls to the average wayside that most NES board game conversions do, and doesnít have anything that will jump out or make you remember it five minutes after the game has been shut off.

Othello is an obscure NES game that brings the action of the real life puzzle game to the television screen. Although it has nothing to offer you in terms of visuals and audio, it does have some mildly addictive game play that makes the title rather attractive the first time around! With simple control and a complex, but easily mastered game play function, you may find that this game is better suited to those who have never played the actual real life board game. Missing that key element that most virtual board games do, youíll find that the game doesnít have much to offer in the human reaction factor, and then there is nothing else that makes it fun. For die hard NES game collectors and even the puzzle gamers, Othello is a rare find that is worth the money to spend, even if the game isnít all that much fun to play.

Reviewer's Score: 5/10

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