The classic abstract strategy game comes to Steam! Othello is an ageless game that takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. Place tiles surrounding your opponents tiles to flip them to your color. Get to the end with more tiles of your color and you are the winner!
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Release Date: Aug 5, 2016

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August 5

Othello is released!!

FINALLY!! :D

More than two years after we started trying to get this license, today we are finally launching Othello to the world on Steam!

We can't thank you all enough, for all of the support! The community has been great at making our previous releases successful, helping us tune the AI to the right level of difficulty, and helping us find bugs in prior releases so that the game would be good enough that we would get the approval to bring the Othello IP back to PC for the first time in years (decades?)!

This launch comes with many fixes since the last version was pushed (listed way down below).

Also, a big heartfelt thanks to Othello World Champion, Ben Seeley and to Benkt Steentoft of the World Othello Foundation. Without their help, I never would have been able to navigate the tricky licensing situation and been able to capitalize on contacting Megahouse for a license, literally the same day they announced that they'd obtained the global rights.


As a final note, we'd like to dedicate this launch to Goro Hasegawa (Satoshi Hasegawa) who originally patented this game in Japan back in 1971 and passed away this summer at the age of 83. Through his many years of work, along with his American counterpart James R. Becker, this great game and its community were built into a household staple and a globally-recognized source of endless fun.

A minute to learn... a lifetime to master.

Thank you,
- Sean Colombo & Geoff Brown (BlueLine Game Studios)



http://store.steampowered.com/app/307430





Updates since last build:

  • Bugfix: The buttons for the second-player in a Lobby had regressed to not be mouse-clickable anymore (hotkeys still worked). Thanks dani_as0 and bentley_maniac for the reports.
  • Fixed regression that was causing log-spam of loading SDF fonts.
  • Fixed the occasional crash on Mac/Linux that occurred especially when entering the Online Game Menu screen very quickly after starting the program.
  • Fixed a recently-developed crash when opening the Steam Overlay (eg: for Leaderboard or Achievements) in OSX.
  • Fixed the case where you Leave a game during LoadingFromServer, then started another game (eg: local, or just a NEW online game) and the game thought it was still loading from server... forever.
  • Fixed game-reconnections (if it says "Loading from game server..." at any point during a game, now it should succeed again. That was broken for a while... we just didn't notice because that only happens in weird cases anyway).
  • Fixed the use-case where a host starts a game asynchronously with the opponent moving first, then a guest joins and makes a play, then the host would previously freeze in "Loading game from server...". Creating async games and having the opponent move should be fine now.
  • Game warned "this game is rated" when forfeiting, even if it was not rated.
  • Mac: fixed crashing that would happen in various versions of OS X on various machines. It was due to several versions of Mono crashing in different ways on different versions. We found an old version that works consistently.
  • All users who owned this game under its previous name will be automatically upgraded and will keep ALL of their progress, stats, achievements, etc.. Thank you for being early adopters!

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About This Game

The classic abstract strategy game comes to Steam!

Othello is an ageless game that takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. Place tiles surrounding your opponents tiles to flip them to your color. Get to the end with more tiles of your color and you are the winner!

Buy it once, play it on PC, Mac, & Linux.

This is the most full-featured version of Othello ever created. Features:
  • Play locally or online.
  • Play against the computer – World class "Zebra" AI with five difficulty levels.
  • Includes "hot-seat"/"pass-n-play" mode for multiplayer using only one computer.
  • Asynchronous play - you can play even when your opponent is offline.
  • Easily switch between full 3D with camera-control & a 2D graphics mode
  • Full controller and “Steam Big Picture” support
  • Switch seamlessly between playing with mouse/keyboard and gamepad.
  • Elo Ratings for online games – ranked on a Steam Leaderboard
  • Steam Trading Cards, Badges, Backgrounds & Emoticons
  • Dozens of Steam Stats & Achievements.
  • Steam version has no added DRM and can run everything except the online play & Steam-specific bonuses (Steam Achievements, Steam Leaderboards, etc.), without any internet connection and/or without Steam installed.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mountain Lion 10.8.5
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Yosemite 10.10
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit, S3TC texture support
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (59 reviews)
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KoolDashKid
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
The concept of the game is very interesting and unique. You have to be strategic and smart. From the pictures, I thought it had the concept of checkers. This game very well changed my point of view on strategy games! Very well done!
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WartoNCZ
3.1 hrs
Posted: August 6
Product received for free
BlueLine Games is a small company, that makes games in style of desk games.
I think that this idea don't have lot of companies and If somebody like this type of games, I think this can be his favourite.
Since I think that it takes lot of time until you will be good at this types of games but it still worth your time.
If you don't have "BEST COMPUTER EVER", then I think this game will be great when you don't have anything to do!
I will not write there everything of the game because that will be a spoiler, so I will give this game 7/10
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the_bentley_maniac
15.4 hrs
Posted: August 5
HIC LVDVS, "OTHELLO", OPTIMVS EST!
While the player base is nowhere near as large as it could be, I believe that it ought to be played a great deal more often, as it is a fun and challenging game. People who want to challenge and destroy their minds puzzling over which tile to flip next will love this game.
A word of warning: The AI is difficult to beat but not impossible.
Another word of warning: This is NOTHING like chess.

A++++++++++++
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XSG Calculon
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 5
Amazing adaptation. A must have for board gamers.
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OFFLINE FOR EVER
15.4 hrs
Posted: June 22
5/10
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silversuriv
2.6 hrs
Posted: May 20
Should You Buy This Game?
The game succeeds in allowing you to play Othello on Steam utilizing different match parameters including local/online coop and solo play with various difficulty levels. Although I enjoyed playing this game, the UI and graphics along with minimal personalization options leave a desire for more. If you like Othello at all or want to add another (strategy) board game to your collection, I definitely recommend getting this game.

Review
Othello is a classic board game, and this Steam game with the same name manages to bring back the old school nostalgia without hampering the gameplay. For those that have never played Othello before, your objective is to have the majority of stones "flipped" when there are no moves available. Your opponent's stones are flipped when you place an adjacent stone, assuming that a line is created in which your opponent's stones are bounded by yours.

In this game you have the ability to: play against AI with multiple difficulty levels, pass and play for local coop, or play online against other users. The online feature provides a game browser with custom matches including ranked play. You even have the ability to utilize asynchronous play - you can quit the game and receive a notification when it's your turn. The online community seems to be hanging on by a thread, though it's possible I looked at the browser list at unpopular times.

Regarding solo play, the AI is fairly difficult on Hard and above difficulty levels (Beginner < Easy < Medium < Hard < Harder < Hardest). As a casual player, I get crushed almost every time playing the higher difficulties. Due to this, I really would have liked an easy Restart button. There is also no save feature against the AI for those that like to play at a slower pace or come back at another time.

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Phayntom
0.7 hrs
Posted: March 19
I remember playing Othello aka Reversi with my grandparents. It is an all time favorite. Something we would sit around, play, and talk about random stuff. Some of my fondest memories are around this game. If you love this type of game, its great. It has Player vs Computer, Local Multiplayer, and Online Multiplayer. I love it.
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brunnertom
0.4 hrs
Posted: December 29, 2015
boooring
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KipofMudd
1.0 hrs
Posted: November 23, 2015
I don't like this game apparently. I don't mean this actual game, I mean othello or whatever people refer to it as. It wasn't my cup of tea, to say the least.

The AI is great and actually offers a challenge, or it could be that I was so bad that even the low level AI's were better than me. Regardless, if you can't play against people online for some reason, the computer seems to be plenty good enough to challenge you. It also allows you to play versus your friend through couch co op, it looks like.

Overall, this game is smooth and worth your time, if you like reversi/othello to begin with. I didn't enjoy it but that's not the developer's fault or anything so don't blame him. Also, the developer was responding to just about every thread in the discussion forum so that is pretty phenomenal.

Get this game if you like reversi/othello and you won't be disappointed. Promise.
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Pitaman
7.1 hrs
Posted: November 19, 2015
my mother like it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
HIC LVDVS, "OTHELLO", OPTIMVS EST!
While the player base is nowhere near as large as it could be, I believe that it ought to be played a great deal more often, as it is a fun and challenging game. People who want to challenge and destroy their minds puzzling over which tile to flip next will love this game.
A word of warning: The AI is difficult to beat but not impossible.
Another word of warning: This is NOTHING like chess.

A++++++++++++
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Product received for free
BlueLine Games is a small company, that makes games in style of desk games.
I think that this idea don't have lot of companies and If somebody like this type of games, I think this can be his favourite.
Since I think that it takes lot of time until you will be good at this types of games but it still worth your time.
If you don't have "BEST COMPUTER EVER", then I think this game will be great when you don't have anything to do!
I will not write there everything of the game because that will be a spoiler, so I will give this game 7/10
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Amazing adaptation. A must have for board gamers.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
The concept of the game is very interesting and unique. You have to be strategic and smart. From the pictures, I thought it had the concept of checkers. This game very well changed my point of view on strategy games! Very well done!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
65 of 70 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
Game runs fine so far with no problems but no one is online to play against.

+ Clean and fast inteface.
+ A.I. is great with many difficulty settings to suit your skill level.
+ Local Multi-player
+ Steam Achievements, Cards..etc.

Side-Note: this is Othello not Reversi and here is why:
1- In Reversi, the starting configuration was not predetermined, like it is in Othello and here. Players would take turns setting down the first four pieces in the center of the board. Because of this, either player could force the “parallel” starting configuration (White White Black Black), rather than the predetermined Othello starting configuration (White Black Black White).
2- In Reversi, the game is over as soon as either player could not make a move. In Othello and this game, the player without a move simply passes, and the other player makes as many moves as needed before the first player can make a move again. The game is only over once neither player can make a move.
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
I originally thought this was Othello. Cleared up my a fellow gamer here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reversi

Despite the occasional crash - it is the game that I enjoyed playing as a kid.

I am enjoying it now - despite the *complete* lack of people available to play multiplayer....! Not sure if thats a bug or I am the only person playing.

It should be 3 or 4 dollars not 6 or 9.

7/10
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
The game is pretty much basic but very complex at the same time. It takes Othello and gives you a good interface for it for online and vs computer games. The AI is pretty tough and it is a pity that the difficult ramps up so fast. If you always wanted to try to play Othello, this game is quite good.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
Okay, let's get my main gripe out of the way. This game is "Othello", not "Reversi" (yes, they are two separate games). Reversi starts with a blank board whereas Othello starts a game off with four pieces in the center. The game ends in Reversi when a player can't make a move...in Othello, that player passes. Based on the way this game plays, it should have been called Othello (though perhaps there were legal reasons for not doing so). With that said, this isn't a bad game. It features both offline and online multiplayer, as well as single player against the AI via multiple difficulty levels. I'd grab it for 40% if you plan to pick this up as $10 might be asking a bit much for how simple this game is (games take 2-3 minutes, if that).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu9KEasqIFM
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2015
First: Want to say "thank you" to the fine people at BlueLines for responding quickly to fix bug in this game. Found the person I talked with polite and friendly and taking my concerns seriously. (I believe it took them less than a week to fix the problem.) Good job!

Second: This game is very simple... and EXTREMELY difficult. Each game takes about 5-10 minutes to play so is good for entertaining yourself when have a little break. I pride myself on being very good with turn-based boardgames but this simulator had me gnashing my teeth a few times. ;P

It a very simple game to learn... I gifted an extra copy to a friend and we were challenging each other within 5 minutes of install... but challenging the computer at "Hardest Level" is QUITE another matter. You may think you winning but the board can change quickly!

To be honest... I can think ahead about 5-6 moves in chess. But this game has so fewer variables for the computer to keep track of (in terms of possible moves) that the computer can think ahead maybe 10-12 moves on the more difficult settings.

My recomendation? Begin at the easiest level and then increase difficulty as you improve your skill.

BUT BE PREPARED TO BE HUMBLED!
*Giggle*

Personal note: If someone has beaten this on the Hardest difficulty I would *LOVE* to see some sort of guide or strategy-hints. :D

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Should You Buy This Game?
The game succeeds in allowing you to play Othello on Steam utilizing different match parameters including local/online coop and solo play with various difficulty levels. Although I enjoyed playing this game, the UI and graphics along with minimal personalization options leave a desire for more. If you like Othello at all or want to add another (strategy) board game to your collection, I definitely recommend getting this game.

Review
Othello is a classic board game, and this Steam game with the same name manages to bring back the old school nostalgia without hampering the gameplay. For those that have never played Othello before, your objective is to have the majority of stones "flipped" when there are no moves available. Your opponent's stones are flipped when you place an adjacent stone, assuming that a line is created in which your opponent's stones are bounded by yours.

In this game you have the ability to: play against AI with multiple difficulty levels, pass and play for local coop, or play online against other users. The online feature provides a game browser with custom matches including ranked play. You even have the ability to utilize asynchronous play - you can quit the game and receive a notification when it's your turn. The online community seems to be hanging on by a thread, though it's possible I looked at the browser list at unpopular times.

Regarding solo play, the AI is fairly difficult on Hard and above difficulty levels (Beginner < Easy < Medium < Hard < Harder < Hardest). As a casual player, I get crushed almost every time playing the higher difficulties. Due to this, I really would have liked an easy Restart button. There is also no save feature against the AI for those that like to play at a slower pace or come back at another time.

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