OTHELLO game (for The Gallery – Black and White)
When I saw that this week’s theme for The Gallery is ‘Black and White’, I immediately thought of OTHELLO. This is a game for two players with double-sided black and white pieces, sometimes known as ‘reversi‘ because the game involves turning pieces over. I love this game, and bought this travel version when I was a child.
It is one of the few toys I still have from my seventies childhood, and it has traveled everywhere with me, because it is very compact (14.5 x 8.5 x 2cm when closed) and I love playing it. It is always easy to find one other person to play it with, compared with finding people to play games that require 3 or 4 players. I know you can easily play ‘reversi’ against computers these days, but that is much less fun than playing against people. I have particularly fond memories of playing against Dan K., who always thought he was winning until near the end of the game!
I like the strapline on the case – A MINUTE TO LEARN…A LIFETIME TO MASTER. I guess this is also one of the first examples of me finding compact travel-sized things appealing!
Here is what it looks like opened up:
The original box of the travel version has long-since been lost, and the pieces feel quite tiny to adult hands, so I was very pleased to find a full-sized OTHELLO set from the same era in a charity shop. This one has its box and instructions intact.
The wording on the box always makes me laugh:
The ancient game of strategy from the mysterious East
- A game for two players.
- One rule of play.
- Countless variations.
- A game of skill for adults.
- A game of fun for children.
- Luxurious moulded playing unit with 64 ‘casino quality’ counters.
Warning: OTHELLO may be habit-forming. We strongly urge you to eat and sleep between games.
The picture above shows both sizes of the game. When I got these out to take photos, my 3 year old son enjoyed playing with the counters and putting them out in lines, squares and triangles. But I’m tidying both of these sets away to a high shelf until he is older because I don’t want any of the pieces to go missing!
Do you remember this game? Do you still play it? Please comment below and let me know.
And go and have a look at the other The Gallery – Black and White posts – there are some really gorgeous photos this week!