How to Play Connect Four

Directions courtesy of Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.

Our handsome, wooden version of Connect Four is well-suited for players with and without sight, kids or adults. It's a positional board game similar to Tic-Tac-Toe. The major difference is it is played on a vertical board. Hence, only the lowest position of a column can be occupied. A player wins by making a line of four discs of his color in a row, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

Before you begin, Stand up the playing board, and divide the discs between two players. You'll notice that one set of colored discs has a hole in the middle, so blind players can tell their pieces apart.

Now each player takes turns dropping one disc into any row. Because four discs in a line are required to win, trying to make a vertical or horizontal line is usually not a very successful tactic. A diagonal line requires much more skill and planning.

Remember, you must endeavor to block your opponent from making a line of four, while trying to complete a line of your own at the same time. This does require a bit more concentration than most beginners realize, because Connect Four is a vertical, 3-D game.

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