Stratego: Great Then, Great Now

Stratego: Great Then, Great Now

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When asked what board game I remember enjoying the most when growing up, the answer comes easy – Stratego. As a family we played a lot of games, from Monopoly and Sorry to Boggle and Mastermind. But secretly I loved Stratego more than all of those combined. I can’t pinpoint exactly why it spoke to me, I just know that it was always my first choice when my brother and I wanted to play something (before the advent of video games, of course).

My original copy of Stratego is long-gone, probably sold for pennies on the dollar at one of my parents’ many yard sales. I managed to procure a replacement some time ago at Goodwill, but haven’t had the opportunity to present it to my daughters. And therein lies the problem. The original Stratego is designed for only two players. With two game-playing daughters, this means someone gets left out. Full disclosure – this usually means me.

You can imagine my excitement to learn that PlayMonster (formerly Patch) has begun offering not only the original Stratego, but a number of new versions with new mechanics and rules! And one of them supports up to four players! Must have…

Stratego: Waterloo 200 Years

By now you know that we love games that are set in actual historical situations. The entire line of skirmish games by Academy Games, including their Birth of America series, are regular visitors to our game table. Not only are we enjoying family time playing a game, we are learning facts about the past.

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

The original Stratego was limited to a square board, which didn’t represent any region or place. Stratego: Waterloo 200 Years utilizes an oversized custom board with modular terrain tiles. One person takes on the role of the French army and has 47 pieces at their disposal.

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

Their opponent plays as the Allied army, but with only 45 pieces. While this seems unfair, once the game reaches round twelve, Prussian reinforcements arrive to assist the Allied army, adding an additional 13 pieces to the pool!

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

Instead of capturing a flag as in the classic version, Stratego: Waterloo 200 Years challenges you to get two of your units on the opponent’s lines of retreat. Lines of retreat are also called “supply lines” and this continuous chain is imperative to a successful campaign. If your supply line is cut, there is no way to get supplies or reserves to the front line.

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

Your supply line is randomly determined by the draw of a card at the beginning of the game and is kept hidden from your opponent. If they get two of their units onto your supply line spaces, you immediately lose the game.

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

You can also win Stratego: Waterloo 200 Years by capturing the opponent’s Commander in Chief, either Napoleon or Wellington. Buildings and hills on the board provide strategic advantages, and the expert version of the rules allow for the addition of villages and more historically-accurate victory conditions. With a total of three different levels of complexity (basic, standard and expert), Stratego: Waterloo 200 Years grows with your experience. It will be quite a while until you have mastered all levels! And even after you have, there are still custom scenarios to play out!

Originally a $60 MSRP, you can find Stratego: Waterloo 200 Years on sale on Amazon for nearly 1/2 off!

Conquest Stratego

Conqeust Stratego is a much closer cousin to the original version, but with an asymmetrical board instead of the standard square layout. The custom-designed pieces allow you to see the values of your armies, but effectively shield them from your opponents.

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

Did I say “opponents”? Plural? Yes! Conquest Stratego amazingly supports up to four players, certainly a deviation from all other other 2-player versions. Your goal is the same however, to capture their flags. But now you have three to worry about, not just one! I see a lot of unofficial team-building happening in the background…

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

The board is populated by players taking turns choosing territories in which to start. Movement and combat is recognizable with the higher number winning (ties result in both pieces being removed from the game). Nicely, if your flag is captured you are not out of the game!

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

You are penalized by not being able to draw action cards on your turn, but can still try to recapture your flag by capturing the flag of the player who currently has yours. Interestingly, if you do not own your own flag, you cannot capture a different flag – if you do, the person who owns your flag also gets the newly-captured one!

Stratego was my childhood favorite game, bar none. Finding out there were new versions, some supporting four players, was the best news of the year! - SahmReviews.com

Cursed Land pieces act similarly to a bomb in the classic version and the rest are named as different types of royalty (instead of military ranks). The addition of action cards mixes things up by allowing additional moves, peeking at adjacent units or even launching surprise attacks. Conquest Stratego has just the right upgrades to the original game that it looks like it will replace it on my game shelf.

Your copy is awaiting you on Amazon for around $27 shipped, nearly 50% off the $50 suggested retail price!

So which of the two should you put under the tree this year? If buying for a younger crowd (7-12), then Conquest Stratego is the better choice. If you’re looking to add some educational value and still want to entertain the adults in the family, Stratego: Waterloo 200 Years will have a place on your game table for many years to come.

Make sure you’re following PlayMonster on both Twitter and Facebook to find out what other versions of Stratego they’re working on. From looking around their website it seems there are a couple other options as well, including a reissue of the classic version and a travel-friendly card game!

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

29 comments on «Stratego: Great Then, Great Now»

  1. Fikusas says:

    I would like to own both versions!

  2. Ritchie says:

    I like the design of the Conquest Stratego better

  3. Adam says:

    I’m a bit torn because the front-on design of Waterloo is quite refreshing, but Conquest Stratego feels more versatile. I’ll go for Waterloo. 🙂

  4. Carmen says:

    I’d like to win the Conquest Stratego. It looks like fun

  5. Trey LaCaze says:

    I’d want conquest stratego, looks like that one may be the better game in the long run.

  6. Michael Shea says:

    Conquest Stratego

  7. Donald Wayman says:

    Stratego: Waterloo 200 Years

  8. Debra Holloway says:

    I loved this game as a kid. It looks like it has improved.

  9. I love this article. I am a lifelong stratego fan and have owned almost every variation from classic to legends (have yet to play waterloo). My favorite version is this one from a brewery i finally was able to acquire.

    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/10605/stratego-tournament

  10. Joey Rawlins says:

    I am going to have to give Conquest a try. Looks great.

  11. Julie Waldron says:

    I’d like Waterloo 200 Years Stratego.

  12. Lindsey Ferrin says:

    For the past year, I’ve listened to my sister rave about this game. I would love to finally see what all of the fuss is about!

  13. Ruth says:

    Used to play this as a kid. Like the new features.

  14. Mitch says:

    Loved Stratego when i was a kid

  15. Nicole Lancaster says:

    I would love to own the Stratego Waterloo: 200 Years version.

  16. Lionell Suggs says:

  17. Tony Hilliard says:

    I like the Waterloo version.

  18. Dave L says:

    Either Stratego game would be great. Seeing these games brings back a lot of memories. I use to enjoy playing the original Stratego game with friends when I was a kid and haven’t thought about it in many, many years.. Thank you for the chance to win.

  19. Kathy Pease says:

    I would like the conquest version

  20. Beth Carpenter says:

    I have five sons, and my middle two played this over and over, but the youngest haven’t learned how! I’d love to get them interested in it like their older siblings!

  21. Rachel Browning says:

    U would like to own the Conqest

  22. Dana Matthews says:

    I’d like to win the Conquest Stratego version the most!

  23. Buddy Garrett says:

    I would like Stratego Waterloo: 200 Years. Thanks.

  24. Mary Gardner says:

    I would like both but if I have to choose my choice would be the Waterloo 200 Years Stratego.

  25. Hesper Fry says:

    I would like to own the Conquest Stratego game. My son would love that!

  26. NShip says:

    Waterloo

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