How to Play:
Othello (also knows as Reversi), is a two-player game. One player has the black stones (you), the other the white ones (the computer). The players alternate placing stones on the board. Black always starts. Any stones of the opponent that get caught between two of your stones by a newly set stone are flipped, i.e., they change color. You may only set a piece if doing so will flip at least one other piece. Otherwise, you must pass, and your opponenet gets to take another turn. The game ends when either the board is full, or neither player can make a move. At this moment, the player who has the most pieces of his color has won. Draws are possible.
- Black ALWAYS starts. You are black unless you select "Computer starts". In this case, the computer plays black and you will play white.
- A little red dot indicates your legal moves. If "Show possible moves" is selected, all your possible moves appear in a lighter shade of green.
- The computer's last move is marked by a small cross.
- If the computer detects that you have to pass, it will immediately make another move. This process is repeated until you can move again.
- The higher the level, the better the applet will play. However the computer will take longer to compute its next move.
- You may set the maximum time the applet can "think" about a move. This is very useful on the higher levels. Note: If "Time" is selected, then there is no limit.
- This game requires the Java® plug in. If you do not have Java®, Click here to get it. Simply download and install.