The best games are the simple ones but sometimes even I'm amazed with how simple some games are. In an age where we're all waiting for the most lifelike animations and amazing soundtracks it can feel like stepping back in time when confronted with a game like Renju.
But cast your prejudices to one side. Games are about gameplay. And if you like a fun challenge then don't overlook this old-fashioned fellow.
All you have to do is align five of your playing pieces in a row.
It's like an extended version of noughts and crosses or tic-tac-toe. But matching five counters on an 18x18 grid does somehow increase the challenge.
Especially when the software starts learning your moves and outguessing you. It takes no time to get into and it's hard to stop playing, which is good enough for me.