|We played this game at school. It was popular in many places of the
former USSR and was called something like football on squared
paper. I called the computer version "gridball". Alternative
names are welcome.
Computer doesn't think too far, in fact it counts only 2 moves ahead.
So it's quite possible to win (if you know how to play, ha ha).
04 Jul 2004 1.1 - mouse support was added.
Download Gridball 1.1
The rules are simple. The game begins at the center of the field where the
Each player "moves" the ball by drawing lines of three short segments
either along the square side, or diagonally across the square.
The lines must not cross or touch any existing lines. Then the other
and the game goes on.
If player A makes his move so that player B gets trapped, meaning he can't
draw all his three lines,
then A hits a "penalty" move. A penalty is one straight line
six squares long, vertical, horizontal or diagonal, no matter if across
any lines or not.
If player B still can't move, the penalty continues. But there is a limit
of 6 consequent penalties, so if the ball is still "in the mess", then
player B begins his move with penalty.
There exist a number of versions of the rules. The program supports the
simplest version described above.
On each your move try to limit your opponent's possible moves. If he is
wrapped by your lines and forced to get out of it in only one way with his
first line, then he has only two lines left for his actions. Thus you will always get
more freedom than your opponent.
Field edges are important! When you get 3-4 squares close to edges,
Before you make a trap for penalty, think ahead where does it stop.
Right after it finishes your opponent may begin his series of penalties and
sometimes even hit the goal. Sometimes you may prefer to leave a little exit for your
opponent and force him retreat one or two squares and then make the penalty trap.