Reversi is a game which is not very intuitive at first, even when playing it against the computer it is hard to get the hang of it, if you are like most of us, the very first time you played it against the computer you lost and have no idea how all of the pieces were turning into your opponents color, if this happened to you it is important not to get discouraged since the goal is easy to understand and the procedure can be quite easy as well.
The game’s instructions, goals and tips can be as passionate as the history behind this great game. Reversi was originally invented in England by two Englishmen at the very end of the 19th century. It goes without saying that the game became very popular but the history behind it is quite artistic as well which earns it fame through a different perspective.
Reversi was actually called “Othello” which made reference to the famous Shakespearean play “Othello, the Moor of Venice” which is about a black man (Othello) who fell in love with a white woman (Desdemona) making direct reference to the color of the pieces (black & white)
The modern set of rules however was adapted using the set of rules given by people in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan during 1970s. As you see the original game has changed over time, the name and set of rules that is.
In order to win the game you have to flip the majority of your opponent’s pieces into your own, in order to do so you might want to take control from the very beginning but this can be a bad strategy since your opponent will always have a few pieces right at the middle of the board which can turn the entire game around. In 3D Reversi (Othello) you are able to see the pieces a lot better so you can take advantage of this factor in order to plan good moves.
When moving a piece you should think of several strategies in order to secure one of your pieces at the corners of the board; the corners are positions impossible to flip which can be used to turn any opponent’s piece on the edges into your own so securing this position is critical if you want to win. Another strategy is to limit your opponent’s mobility which will lead him to do an unwanted move; another more advanced strategy is called “parity” which was widely spread across Europe after being idealized in Japan during the 80’s. 3D Reversi is a game which improves your cognitive abilities and can help you elaborate strategies a lot faster, just like Chess.