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Four In A Row is a strategy game played on a grid board. Connect four colored discs in a row, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally is the winner.

How to play Four In A Row

Place the game board vertically on a flat surface. The board consists of a grid with six rows and seven columns. Each player chooses a color and takes turns using their colored discs. For simplicity, let's refer to the players as Red and Blue.

Red goes first, followed by Blue, and players take turns placing one of their discs into any chosen column of the game board. The disc will occupy the lowest available position within the column.

The goal is to form a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line of four discs of your own color before your opponent does. The line can be formed in any direction: horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

On your turn, choose an available column and drop your disc into it. The disc will occupy the lowest empty position in that column. The discs stack on top of each other, so they will form a column.

The tactics improve your chances of winning

Start in the center

The center column provides the most opportunities for creating different lines. Starting in the center gives you flexibility in building both horizontal and diagonal lines. It also allows you to block your opponent's potential lines more effectively.

Build multiple lines

Look for opportunities to create multiple potential lines simultaneously. By placing your discs strategically, you force your opponent to defend against multiple threats, increase your chances of connecting four and making it harder for them to block all your potential lines.

Focus on vertical and diagonal lines

Vertical lines can be powerful because they can span the entire height of the board. Diagonal lines, especially those that extend from the bottom-left to the top-right or bottom-right to the top-left, can be more difficult for your opponent to block. Prioritize these types of lines while keeping an eye on potential horizontal lines.

Block your opponent

Pay close attention to your opponent's moves and try to anticipate their potential lines. Whenever possible, place your discs strategically to block their progress. Look for opportunities to build your own line while simultaneously disrupting their plans.

Maintain a balanced approach

It's important to strike a balance between offensive and defensive moves. While you focus on building your own lines, don't forget the importance of blocking your opponent's potential lines. A strong defense can prevent your opponent from connecting four while you work towards your victory.