Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Stratego, a board game with many ancestors, relies solely on strategy to win. Game theorists refer to Stratego as having imperfect information (not all players have access to the same information because one cannot see the opponent's pieces) and abstract strategy (not a simulation or involving any elements of luck). Arguably, Stratego could be strategy without abstraction, since it simulates battle. Regardless, the game teaches strategic thought and references battle tactics. The oldest game using similar concepts to Stratego is commonly called Jungle or Animal Chess. This is a Chinese game possibly dating back to the 700s. Significant differences include piece placement being proscribed and visible to the opponent in Jungle, while Stratego pieces are hidden from the opposing players’ views and choice of placement is a critical element in the game. ...