Othello has been represented in video game form for nearly 30 years, with unnamed versions of the game being released on the Magnavox Odyssey 2 in 1978. You'd think that four decades would be enough to grow and evolve the gameplay experience, but the Nintendo Switch version proves it's stuck in the past.
The problems start right away with the lack of Pro Controller support, a strange and curious omission given the simplicity of the game. And while Othello gives you the option to use a number of Joy Con combinations, both the left and right controllers need to be used as a single unit to select any of them. This makes starting a game of Othello more complicated than it needs to be.
Making matters worse, online multiplayer is completely absent. The sparse options only include a singleplayer mode against a CPU opponent, and a basic two player versus mode.
Othello rookies will find a simplistic tutorial page explaining the basic game concepts, while veterans will appreciate the 16 levels of difficulty.
If you're a diehard Othello fan, and I'm sure there are a few of you out there, the Switch version of the game is mediocre but serviceable. For everyone else, save your $5.
In 2013, Brian combined his love of video games and passion for writing to create Games Under Pressure, a gaming website, based in Milwaukee, that focuses on both console and ultra-high-end PC gaming.