Hello dear internet viewer,
Today, I continue to talk you about the interesting games of William Soleau, but this time, it is a game that he made before he created Soleau Software. So in the years where William was not yet standardized his style and therefore before he started to develop in Turbo Pascal. Which changes a lot of what you usually see of Soleau Software products. Here, despite the fact that the technicality is always minimalistic in order to make less complex development of new ideas, We are in the universe of the EGA, yes, what preceded the VGA. Because yes, in the early 90, developers preferred EGA not because it was an older technology so where documentation was easier to find, but because the EGA even though the color palette was smaller than in the VGA one, the color choices were more alive, more clear and especially it avoided nausea problems for those who were having epilepsy problems. But contrary to what some might believe ourdays, it was not simplier to display EGA instead of VGA… In fact, one reasons which why developers and hardware builders have followed the path of VGA in the years 90, it is precisely because it standardized the industry to somewhat that simplified the everything. After all, the years 90, these are the years where everything was transiting to the plug & play.
What of these masterpieces that I present to you today? It's a pretty extreme variant of Reversi/Othello by the name of Doubolo developed and distributed by William Soleau in March 1990. And when I say pretty extreme variant, it is that we play on two very large fragmented game boards where there are various boxes in the middle of these boards that are unusable. Thus forcing us to develop skills to work on the corners. Which of course opens new perspectives on the possible thinking ways to develop a gaming approach which could be useful in the traditional Othello. Although that the traditional Othello can only be played with 4 corners, so you'll not often face this kind of confrontation, but it nonetheless keeps your mind open. Some situations may by transposition help you to stop having a linear vision. Unfortunately, in the game that you can see in the video below, I tried too much to play diagonally to control the corners, which was a mistake, as the fragmented boxes on the game boards, well even by thinking of having taked the control of the corners, the CPU used the fragmented boxes on the halfway to prevent me to block him. So, I found myself constantly in the position, where he only had to take control of the middle to force me to move towards a fragmented box, which allowed him to introduced himself between my chips and eating them… Yes, a big fat rookie mistake, because I may have a certain caliber to Othello, but it was one of the first times that I played this rather extreme variant that I have to play several games before being ready to a good competition.
If it is a game of William Soleau, does it mean that this game is available for sale on Soleau Software website? No, strangely all the games that William has developed at the time preceding Soleau Software, even if the registration form is at the same address, same terms and conditions to fulfill, etc. None of these games are present on his website. And yet, when we look at the previews that he added in its documentation, they look even better than titles he released subsequently. I understand that he has developed them before he got being registered in the register of companies, but it seems that it would have been a good idea that he republishes it on its Soleau Software banner… I do not understand why he has not done it yet, because this is a masterpiece and he also has made other masterpieces in the era pre-Soleau Software that wasn't published either, which is a little bit sad, knowing that William Soleau has always worked solo, so he wasn't really having opposition that his older works could be a part of its library.
To conclude, this is another variant of Reversi/Othello made in William Soleau that demonstrates both his innate talent as a developer, but who will help you to keep partly your mind open.