How to Play Tsoro
So, you have downloaded Tsoro on your mobile but you are finding it simply impossible to fully understand the instructions on how to play? Fear not, this tutorial will equip you with the basic knowledge to get you to play a competitive game against the game AI (artificial intelligence) or a human opponent in 30 minutes.
Playing Tsoro can be a challenge for those who have never played games of its kind, for example, Mancala, Bao, and Oware. The good thing is that once you get a hang of the rules, it will be very easy to undertand. Like all strategy games, like chess for instance, the challenge is to hone your skills and to develop a winning strategy. This only comes through frequently playing and learning from previous mistakes, as well as challenging yourself by seeking to play at higher depths.
I will break down the basic rules into a few steps:
Tsoro has countless variations. In this Android implementation, the game is played on a board that has 4 rows with each row containing 7 pits. At the start of the game, all pits are filled with the same number of seeds (the initial number of seeds can be selected from the options menu . The 2 top rows belong to the top player and the 2 bottom rows belong to the bottom player.
In Tsoro for Android, the top player is your Android device (CPU)or Player 2 and the bottom player is you or Player 1.
The starting player (always you or Player 1 depending on game mode) chooses any pit from his/her set of pits and collects all the seeds in that pit by clicking on that pit and then distributes them one per pit in the succeeding pits going in one direction (either clockwise or anti-clockwise).
This direction is maintained throughout the game. If the last seed falls into a non-empty pit in the outer row, the player collects all the seeds in that pit and redistributes them into the succeeding pits.
If the last seed falls into a pit in the inner row, the player captures all the seeds in his or her opponent’s two pits in the same column as his or her pit and distributes them as before.
A player’s turn ends when the last seed being distributed lands, either in an empty pit in the outer row, or in a pit in the inner row which is in the same column with an empty pit in the opponent’s inner row.
The game ends when one of the two players has captured all the seeds in the pits of the other player. The winner is the player with all the seeds.