Ataxx is often described as a variant of Othello, but this is misleading. There are some formal
similaritiesyou could easily use the same graphics for an
Ataxx and an Othello game,
did thatbut as soon as you start playing Ataxx, you will notice
that it is a completely different game, and your experience with
Othello won't help you at all.
Typically, Ataxx is played on a 7×7 board, but some implementations
have increased the board size up to 13×13. Typically, there are
obstacles on the board, often generated randomly but symmetrically
at the start of the game. The players start with two stones each
placed in diagonally opposed corners of the board. At each turn, a
player may either:
- Place a stone next to one of his or her own stones, or
- Move a stone over two squares. Some implementations allow only
straight movement, some diagonal as well, and some even knight jumps.
Some allow jumping over an obstacle, some don't, but you can always
jump over an enemy stone.
All the enemy stones on the eight neighboring fields of the newly
placed stone then change color. The game is over when no more legal
moves are possible, and the player with more stones has won.