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Ultimate Retro Project

Episode 28: Modern Checkers

The classic board game

Page Last Updated: April 1, 2006



Checkers is a very ancient game which most people have learned to play as children. While there are a few minor variations of the game, the basic game mechanics are simple enough. The version of the game presented here is the version I have always played. Some versions of the game force players to jump if they can. This is not one of those versions.

Playing the Game

The goal of the game is to win by removing all the opponents pieces or by getting the opponent into a position where they are unable to make a move. Each turn the player must make a move by moving any piece one position diagonally towards the opponent’s side of the field. The space moved into must be empty. If the space you wish to move into is occupied by an opponent but the space after that space is empty, you may jump over the opponent. This results in that opponent piece being removed from the board. If after jumping the opponent, you are able to jump over another opponent, you may make multiple jumps (up to a maximum of 12 jumps).

If you reach the opponents end of the board, then your piece is kinged (represented by a capital letter)! A kinged piece is able to move in any of the four diagonals. If you became a king by jumping, it is still possible to continue jumping (if more jumps are available).

Making a move is simply a matter of dragging the piece you wish to move over to the spot you wish to move to. For jumps, move over the opponent to the position you will land in. Multiple jump situations are made one jump at a time, with the option to ignore additional jumps (useful if the jump made you a king and the additional jump will put your king into a position where the opponent can jump it).

System Requirements

This game is requires Java 1.1 or better to run. Browsers that support 1.1 tend to be 4.x or better versions. Windows XP users may have to download a Java plug in to use Java applets

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