IslandReversi is billed by its software developers,
Island Labs.com, as the classic game of reversi taken to the beach. The program is written
Reversi, sometimes known as Othello, is a popular
board game, which is played on a 8x8 board. The goal of the game is to turn as many
of your opponent's disks to your color, Although the game is quick to grasp, Reversi does
contain some complicated strategy.
One of the first things a player learns when playing Reversi
is the importance of the corners of the board. Getting your disks in these corners will almost
always win you the game. Getting your disks in between two of your opponent's disks on the sides
can also be crucial, especially when this gets you access to a corner. The key to Reversi
is not to worry too much at the beginning of the game who has the most disks showing, but more
importantly who has more available moves.
When you start up the game, you are presented with the options
of 1 player mode (you v the Zaurus), a 2 player mode (human v human), and access to some brief
notes about the rules of Reversi. After choosing the 1 player mode, you are given the option of
selecting a skill level. There are 3 levels available: easy, medium, hard.
The graphics in the game are polished and professional. Reversi
is an ideal game to be played on a small screen. The board is clear and uncluttered, with a running
score kept for you. The Zaurus always has the white disks.
Even on the hard level,
IslandReversi is quick to make it's move. Here lies the biggest drawback
to this game. Whatever the skill level, the program is far too easy to
beat. I'm probably just an average Reversi player, but despite playing
the game 50 times on the hard level, I never lost once. In fact, I could
see very little difference in strategy between the 3 skill levels. The corners
were easily given away, even if they were presented on a plate!
If you're new to Reversi, this game will prove a useful learning
device, especially considering the game retails for under 10 bucks. The graphics are great, the display
uncluttered, and there are a few nice touches including the help option which shows you the available
moves and how many of your opponent's disks would be turned over. But for anyone who has played Reversi
before, the game is far too easy. Let's hope IslandLabs.com can improve the AI of the game; it would then
be a must buy! The two player option does, however, partly redeem the situation.