Playing Pente, a cool boardgame, on the computer
Pente is a fun board game created in the late seventies by a guy from Oklahoma. The object of the game is to get 5 pieces in a row -or- to capture 10 of your opponents pieces. The game is surprisingly fun and very easy to learn, yet it has enough depth to keep things interesting.
We keep a Pente board and playing pieces in Colorado. My family has been playing the game for over 20 years. The past couple trips to CO Samantha and I have enjoyed playing the game:
Pente on the computer
This year I also looked for a good computerized version of Pente to take to the cabin. It took more Googling than usual but eventually I found a good Windows version called WPente:
Here’s how to use the software:
- download WPente.zip and extract the ZIP file to a location of your choice
- run WPente.exe
- Select Options/Games and choose your options. I usually deselect “tournament play” and leave it set at two players.
- Select Options/Players. “H” stands for human (you) and the 1-9* basically stands for difficulty level.
- So to start with, leave “H” selected for Player 1, and select a fairly low number for the opposing Player 2
- Finally, you click a spot on the board to place your first piece, then the computer will play, then it’s your turn again… etc.
*the software can take a while at higher levels (7-8-9) because it’s doing some serious number crunching while evaluating different moves…
I highly recommend you checkout Pente either in physical of virtual form. It’s a fun game to add to your repertoire.
If you try it out and have any questions, just post in the comments here! Enjoy 🙂