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Reversi

Everytime you place a new piece on the board, you will get all the pieces between your newly placed one and your older ones (vertical, horizontal and diagonal).
When the board is full, or when both players cannot make a move, the game will end and the player who has more pieces will win.





About Reversi

Reversi is a very famous puzzle game and the fans for this game are usually art lovers all over the world and this also has a reason. Reversi is a puzzle game where the puzzle solving is connected with abstract strategy. Due to the presence of abstract art, this game does not sound like a normal puzzle game and the playing experience for the game is also very different.
The game can be played by children from the age of five years to adults of all age groups. The playing time can be anywhere between five minutes to one whole hour based on the development of the game play.

The game Reversi was invented in the end of 19th century but there were two people who claimed as the inventors of the game. Lewis Waterman and John W.Mollett both claimed that they are the inventors of the game and both Mollett and Waterman produced their own versions of the game in 1882.
However, the game was patented in 1888 by Ravensburger company and they published the game in 1889 with their own titles. In 1971, Goro Hasegawa made several changes to Reversi and introduced a new game named Othello. One can say the Goro Hasegawa's new invention revolutionized the game and the change had a major role to play in the game's international popularity.

The game Reversi was originated from an ancient English game named 'The game of Annexation' which was shortly known as Annex and this game was invented by Mollett in 1870. The game was played on a board with a shape of cross and the first publishing date of this game is 1876. In 1880 a magazine named The Queen published a game that is quite similar to Mollett's version of Reversi and the game shared similar rules.
Mollett published a newer version named Annex and this game eliminated the cross shaped board. This argument just went on and it was only in 1971, when Goro Hasegawa came up with his own version of Reversi that the issues were solved.

The revolution of Reversi after the Goro Hasegawa version was quite stunning and the game rose to international popularity. Today Reversi is a game that even has international tournaments. The Japanese game company Tsukuda Original registered Reversi under the name Othello, a game which is considered as the predecessor of Othello.
The name was chosen from the famous play by William Shakespeare and it is said that the name was inspired by a conflict narrated in the plot of Shakespeare's drama. However, many game enthusiasts today do not know the fact that Reversi was originated from Othello. This is probably due to Goro Hasegawa, the Japnaese who revolutionized the game. The oriental influence over the game might have wiped off its European roots.

The game is played on a board with boxes and each of the two sides but the game does not have a defined starting position. Dark must place his piece but he have to make sure that the dark side is up on the board while playing the game.
A position has three lines such as vertical, horizontal and diagonal. Players take alternate turns but if a player fails to make a move, the play will be passed on to the other player. If both players can't make a move, the game ends there. There are many situations when both players can't make movements and the game will reach on a tie. This also makes Reversi a very interesting game. There is no doubt that this simple puzzle game is quite interesting and everyone must play this game at least once in their lives.


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