Accolade's "Stratego" is a fine new version of an old stalwart board game. With a few electronic bells and whistles added, new "Stratego" faithfully replicates the original, which has long served as an easy introduction to chess-like two-player strategy games.
There's enough to the game to keep an adult amused for awhile and plenty for a curious youngster who has passed the "Life" or "Parcheesi" stage and is ready to take on more intellectually challenging games.
"Stratego" is a stylized simulation of Napoleonic warfare that pits two chess-like armies on a grid. Each army, yours and the computer opponent, is comprised of 33 moveable pieces plus stationary mines and a flag. Pieces vary in rank and strength from a weak scout to the powerful marshal.
The object is to capture your opponent's flag.
Unlike chess, you do not get to see your opponent's pieces until they are revealed in a battle. So, like "Battleship," much of the challenge of "Stratego" comes from trying to remember and keep up with your opponent's veiled army.