Free Reversi Download (Free Othello Download)

Smart Reversi is a sharp-looking computer version of the classic board game Othello, also known as Reversi game, that involves quick score changes and long-range thinking. The rules of Reversi / Othello are much simpler than many other board games. However, easy to learn doesn't mean easy to play well. That comes from a good saying, 'one minute to learn, but a lifetime to master'!

Reversi Rulers (Othello Rulers)

The object of the game is to flip the most disks to your color. If both players have the same number of discs of their color up, the game is a tie. The first thing that a beginner should know about Reversi is that pieces are not necessarily good. One of the key concepts of Reversi is one called mobility, meaning that having more availible moves than your opponent is better than having more pieces overall (at least in the early to middle game...after that, you'll have to start gaining pieces).

Game Features

  • Playing strength ranging from beginner to strong expert
  • Useful game features like 'Undo', 'Redo', 'Hint' and 'Possible Moves'
  • Move preview (see the position arising after a move has been made and what options this gives the opponent)
  • Amazing graphics with 9 skins to choose from

System Requirements

  • Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 128 Mb RAM

Reversi Game Strategy (Othello Game Strategy)

A few of the key positions in Reversi are the corners of the board. Because of their position, they cannot be taken, and likewise, pieces that build on the corners can also not be taken. This is a great way to secure many pieces and a probably win. Unfortunately, all new players will soon figure out how important these squares are. Because of the great advantage that the corners bring, both players will try to get there first. One way to use mobility to your advantage is to keep your pieces in between pieces of your opponent and to gradually try to run him or her out of good moves, forcing yourself into a corner. Mobility can be used in many ways to the player's advantage, but without good availible moves, a player can be forced by a good opponent into a loss.

Another key Reversi concept is that of parity. Parity essentially means moving last in a closed area of play. For example, if there are only two spaces left on the board, the person who moves second, or has the parity, will gain more pieces than the first in that area. This can be expanded upon, as if there are four or even six open spaces in an area, the person who moves second will always have the advantage, as he or she will get the last move. Keeping parity in mind can help a person decide where to move next in order to keep a good position or in order to improve upon a bad one. Bearing this in mind, a person in a game that has one area on the board with five open spaces and a similar one with six should move into the area with five and utilize the advantage of parity.

One way to help explain why parity can be so effective is by taking the concept of mobility into account. If there is an area on the board and the person with parity moves last in it, the other will be forced to open another area of the board and have fewer possible moves there. The second player moving starts with the parity and this can give a slight advantage over the course of the game (in my opinion, that is...We feel that the person playing black, or first, has better options for the openings, but the advantage of parity outweighs this). A smart thing for the first person to do, because of this initial disadvantage, might be to try and make the second person run out of moves for one turn, thus passing and Reversing the parity.

There are many types of Reversi strategy and many ideas that can be utilized in order to gain the advantage in it and to win. We have explored two main concepts of Reversi, and there are countless others. After playing a lot and advising some newer players on it, however, We have concluded that the best methods of playing it are those invented by oneself. Just by playing you will notice what works and what doesn't and gradually devise better ways to play. You cannot instantly become a great player at othello, while you can improve by learning new things about it and incorporating new methods and ideas into your play. If you are interested in a more thorough strategy page, we highly recommend going to VOG's strategy page. Good luck with improving upon your strategy, and have fun playing!