We all know and love that weird "board" game from back in the day, and Atari brings it to our mobiles with this release!
I'll admit, the board game of Connect Four hasn't always been my cup of tea. That's because as I play against other people, I always seem to miss that certain connection of similar colored checkers in the platform that someone else sees as clearly as day, and they swipe the victory away from me. Of course, that just means I need more work on the game, and now I got plenty of time to do it with Atari's mobile rendition, which is a fine port of the classic game.
In the game, you have a "board" that is stood up on its side, and you drop black and red checkers into play through each of the slots to try and line up four in a row. But defensive moves can come into play, where a black checker can easily be dropped into the way and force you to take a different route to getting the four in a row. It's real simple to learn, but if you need brushing up, the game is gracious enough to provide you with a help option to explain the basics.
Connect Four features three difficulty levels, including an Expert mode with a strong opponent that can read every position on the board. If you choose this mode, good luck- you will need it, as the computer will really take time to think things through. You can also challenge a friend in two-player mode, passing the phone between turns.
The game features simple enough control, a very useful interface, and a decent if simplistic presentation with colorful visuals and little tunes that play throughout the game. This isn't brain surgery, it's Connect Four. I personally would have liked to have seen more modes or maybe even some variation on the classic game, but oh well, this isn't Connect Four Extreme. Fans of the classic game will be happily engulfed in this digital creation for hours.
What's Hot: How can you mess this one up? This version is faithful to the game we know.
What's Not: More modes would have been cool.