On Sunday I showed you CrossWise, a Thrift Treasure find that was a solid abstract strategy game. If you’re a fan of this type of game, but are stuck with Chess and Checkers, then I have a perfect solution for you. Octi from FoxMind Games combines the game of Checkers with a round of Capture the Flag to create a classic title that should be in anyone’s game library.
At first glance it appears to be a simple game. And it IS simple to learn. Your goal is to get one of your pieces onto one of the starting spots of your opponent. That’s it, first to do that wins.
But these are not ordinary Checker pieces. In fact, your starting pawns cannot move at all! At the beginning of the game you can call them “naked”, with eight obvious holes that allow you to “program” your piece.
These tiny arrows are the keys to your success. They are inserted one at a time into your discs, opening up a movement in the direction of the arrow.
On each turn you can do one of two things – either move your pawn or insert an arrow into it. You can add multiple arrows into one piece, but to do so will require multiple turns.
On the other side of the board your opponent is doing the same, slowly moving his army towards your bases. The decision on whether to place an arrow or move a disc is a key strategy you must master in order to be successful.
Some pieces will be deployed as distractions, while others sneak their way forward. You can capture another opponents piece by jumping over them “checker-style”, but only in the direction in which you have arrows in your piece.
This basic game goes rather quick, with each round lasting only 5-10 minutes. There seemed to be a definite advantage to going first, so multiple rounds would be necessary to level the playing field. However, the game also includes additional rules for more strategic options, along with a different board on the back of the starting version. This allows for a ton of replay value as once you master one game, you’ll have to start from scratch to figure out your strategy for the next one.
FoxMind has proven that you can take elements from a classic game and update it to keep it fresh and challenging. Take a look at all of the titles they have available and you’ll see that they are not new to this type of game! With over 100 current and former titles, they surely have something for your library. If not, follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see what they have coming out next!