Watch how Othello has evolved in Tokyo Toy Show 2022

The text has been inverted on this classic game.

Three years after COVID-19 stopped, Tokyo Game Show has made its triumphant return to the Tokyo Big Sight as of June 16. Excited to find out what was new in the gaming and gaming world, we sent our reporter PK Sanjun to check it out.

With the pandemic threat somewhat still, this year’s conference was a bit quieter, but it still brought out Japanese game industry greats like Bandai and Takara Tomy. but, PK noted that it was the Megahouse booth that seemed to attract the most crowd.

Megahouse is well known as the maker of the smallest Rubik’s Cube as well as the hardest Rubik’s Cube. But on this day they were showing files Kitai puzzles (disassembling puzzles). What started as a playful version of the Tuna Kaitai offering, where whole tuna is sliced ​​and served as sashimi, has expanded to a full range of meats and now a series of “light” versions featuring a clove of garlic and Sea urchin.

Megahouse is also known as the official copyright holder of the game Othello, which often goes by the generic name of Reversi. Contrary to the various original stories and names, the game itself has remained fairly simple for at least a century, unless you factor in the under-appreciated mini-game. hargeez Where you can play Reversi in real time while you beat each other’s crap Final Fantasy Personalities.

However, in December of 2021, Megahouse literally took the game to another level 3D Othello.

The eyes of most of the audience were on this game, and PK also stopped in his tracks upon seeing it. For him, Othello was a completely distilled game that combined very simple yet very deep gameplay. Perhaps no other game fits the adage “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”.

However, Megahouse dared to differ and reinvent the game. PK asked the staff what’s different, and they were told it The basic rules remain unchanged: Players place the discs on the board one by one and flip the opponent’s pieces when they are surrounded by opposite sides or corners.

In 3D Othello, two 3D platforms are presented to the board. These stages aren’t just cosmetic changes either, because their sides are also playable squares. This can lead to some strange and conflicting diagonal paths, so Megahouse simplified this by adding red and blue diagonal lines on the board. Pieces can only be taken diagonally if they are laid along a line of the same color.

▼ Video explanation of planning

The two pallets of different sizes can be placed anywhere on the board Before playing as long as the colored lines are aligned. By placing them close to corners and edges, they can dramatically change traditional strategies in these locations because you can now place pieces on the edge of the board outside the corner.

Not only that but Creates blind spots on the board Which means you can’t easily play through an entire game of this Othello sitting in one place. It could also add a new dimension to multiplayer, as well as a whole new set of challenges for those who feel they’ve mastered the standard version of the game.

PK was impressed with this revolution in Othello, or “Othello” if you will. If this game can change after so many years, maybe anything can change. Then he began to wonder if he should finally reconsider his hard-line position that sandwiches are not in the same category as “baked…”

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