Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Gaming Corner: Connect 4

Here is another classic that we still enjoy playing. Unlike some of the other children's games where it all comes down to luck (I'm looking at you Candy Land), Connect 4 has some skill involved. The premise is simple and you can go from never playing before to a working knowledge of the rules in 5 or less minutes. The game is played on a grid of 42 squares set up in a vertical 6x7 grid.

Toddler hand not included.
Each player takes turns dropping checkers into one of the 7 columns, letting gravity do its work. The goal is to get 4 of your checkers in a row while preventing your opponent from getting 4 of their checkers in a row.

Examples: Yellow has a vertical 4 in a row, while red has a horizontal and diagonal 4 in a row.
Vertical, horizontal, or diagonal all work, but at the same time your opponent is trying for the same thing. It's like a super advanced version of tic-tac-toe, but still so simple.

If you like games that don't have a lot of confusing rules, that make you think, and that can be played in about 5-10 minutes, then Connect 4 is the game for you.

Here is a poorly played game for yellow. Do you see how
red won with 2 different 4 in a rows?
Note: The version of Connect 4 that we have came with rules for a bunch of variants on the Connect 4 rules, but none of them even seemed worth the time to try them, and we just played vanilla Connect 4.

-Gamer Jason

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