Bovo – Gomoku like game for two players

Bovo is a Gomoku (from Japanese 五目並べ – lit. “five points”) like game for two players, where the opponents alternate in placing their respective pictogram on the game board.

The objective of the game is to connect five of your own pieces in an unbroken row vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Because the first player always has an advantage over the second player, Bovo will alternate the players, switching them every new game.

The game is also known as Connect Five, Five in a row, X and O, Naughts and Crosses.

This is free and open source software.

Games Rules:

  • Players take turn to place their respective marks on the playing board.
  • A player cannot move their already placed mark or put their mark upon an already placed mark.
  • Players cannot forfeit their turns.
  • Player who reaches five marks connected in a straight line (be it vertical, horizontal or diagonal) wins the game.

Features include:

  • 4 themes – Gomuku, High Contrast, Scribble, and Spacy.
  • 7 different levels of difficulty: Ridiculously Easy, Very Easy, Easy, Medium, Hard, Very Hard, Extremely Hard, and Impossible.

Support: Handbook
Developer: Aron Boström
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


Bovo is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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