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Connect Four is a board game from the early 1980s that includes some flat round checkers-style pieces, as well as a grid with legs that stands up perpendicular to the floor. Two players take turns dropping pieces one at a time into the grid where they fall into the lowest grid position possible. The idea behind the game is to connect four pieces of the same color into a horizontal, diagonal or vertical line. If played with speed, the game can be an enjoyable, fast paced mental challenge.
4 by 4 for the Commodore 64, recreates that sort of fast paced puzzle action but adds an extra layer to it by having two computer controlled opponents instead of one and by keeping the game going until one player scores a certain number of points. Lines of four pieces are worth five points, five-piece lines are worth ten points with similar point increases up to lines of seven pieces.
When a line is filled up, the pieces disappear off the board and any pieces that were resting on top of them fall to fill the vacated space. This allows you to set up chain scores with your own pieces. By manipulating your own lines to disappear, points can also be earned by having your opponent's pieces fall into place for a line of four or more. In this case, the player who set up the original line earns the points and not the player corresponding to the pieces forming the new line. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide