This simple Othello game lacks polish, but it is challenging and completely free. One caveat: during installation, be sure to opt out if you don't want a toolbar from the developer installed on your machine. Freak Othello is played just like the classic board game from which it takes its name. In terms of graphics, the application isn't likely to thrill even casual gamers, and its complete lack of sound effects seems like an oversight. Available features include the ability to play with either color pieces, take back faulty moves, and compete against four AI opponents. In our tests, we easily vanquished the first computer opponent, but playing on the Grand Master setting was extremely tough. Freak Othello won't knock anyone out in terms of appearance, but since it costs nothing, fans of the game should certainly give it a whirl.
What's new in version 5.6
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedOctober 19, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Freak is an Othello program with a strong AI and clean graphics. It features difficulty levels from amateur to grand master, plus some functions for analyzing positions. No messy installation is required.