Proximity is a free turn based strategy game that trains numerical reasoning and problem-solving skills. The object is to have control of the most armies after all the tiles have been placed.
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
Click the "Play!" link on the game, then click "Quickstart" to start the action.
HOW TO PLAY. Each turn you receive a numbered tile that you can place on any unoccupied space on the board. If this tile is adjacent to any ally tiles, it strengthens their defenses.
If adjacent to enemy tiles, it takes control of them if its number is higher than the number on the enemy tile. The red army always goes first, but you can switch whether the red or blue army is the computer.
For example, suppose you are dealt a "14" tile. You place this tile on the board at a position where it is next to another of your tiles that is a "12" and also an enemy tile that is a "9".
Because the tile you played has a higher value than the enemy tile, that enemy tile switches to your color (you capture that tile). Also, your "12" tile is strengthened and becomes a "13".
You can play proximity against the computer or a friend. This strategy game is especially fun when you play against another person.
To set up your game options, click the "Setup Game" button on the main menu screen.
OPTIONS. Here are the options for customizing Proximity game play. Click the settings on the right side of the Game Setup screen to make changes.
Red. Set whether the red team is human or computer. If computer, select the skill level - Beginner, Skilled, or Expert.
Blue. Set whether the blue team is human or computer. If computer, select the skill level - Beginner, Skilled, or Expert.
On Takeover: Neighboring Territories. The default value is Strengthen, but you can change this to Weaken or No Change if you wish.
On Takeover: Enemy Territories. The default is No Change, but you can change this to Weaken or Strengthen if you like.
Victory Condition. The default is Most Armies, but you can choose Most Territory if you prefer.
Land Mass. The default is All, but you can change this to Most or Some.
There are a surprising number of permutations for customizing this strategy game. After mastering Proximity under the default setup, change things around and try again!
The image below shows what it looks like when you win. This time the computer beat me, 845 points to 611 points, as you can see.
Most strategy games are excellent brain games. This one is no exception. It really makes you concentrate and think as you weigh probabilities.
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