Review Reversi Free
One of the few board games better played on a phone
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 15 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Engaging gameplay, lots of difficulty settings to play against, features local multiplayer
The overall design aesthetic is boring, the how-to-play section is a bit gimped
So I’ve never had my hand at Reversi for Android even though it’s a game that’s been around since 1883, apparently. Before you do a double take at the date I just laid out, this is a board game that has been out for over a century. So what’s the objective? Well, you’ve got an 8x8 board and white and black pieces. Each player starts off with two pieces each and you skip over pieces until the entire board is covered.
The game doesn’t really do a good job explaining the nuances to the gameplay despite having a How-To-Play section listed in the options. So to go into more detail about the gameplay, you can only skip over your opponent’s piece if you have a pieces on the same row. Rows can go diagonally, vertically, or horizontally. When you skip over the opposition’s piece it doesn’t disappear. Instead it converts over to your color. This leads to a great strategy game that’s fun for players of all levels. Incidentally, flipping pieces is also why this is a game that would be so much more fun playing on a platform that automatically flips pieces because if you make a move where you’re creating a connection across multiple rows then you take over all of the pieces in each respective row. In other words, you can make some truly massive plays that shift the tide of the game.
This iteration of the game is really straight forward and lets you play against the AI with 10 difficulty levels or against a friend locally. I found the AI to be really challenging even on the second level, which is partly because I am so new to the game itself.
Reversi is a really solid game that’s a lot of fun to play. Games are short enough to make it the perfect companion app for any kind of wait or commute, and it can be played with friends. It’s got a huge learning curve, but is fun for just about anyway. Don’t shy away from this one!