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Fourty Five, alternately known as 45 in some versions, is a 2D board game viewed from a top-down perspective with elements of both checkers and Chinese checkers. The game board consists of two 3x9 grids filled with pits, or holes, one horizontal and one vertical. The two grids are overlaid, creating a central 3x3 square of pits with four protruding 3x3 grids extending off each side of the central square.
At the beginning of each round, a number of pieces are placed in certain patterns on the game board. You must remove the pieces one by one until there is only one left. If you manage to leave only one piece, you advance to the next stage but, if you move into an untenable position from which it is impossible to make another move, you lose the round and have to restart.
You can only remove pieces in one way — by jumping over them horizontally or vertically with another piece that lands in an empty pit. A piece can only be moved if it is next to an occupied pit and the pit beyond is empty. Like checkers, after any piece is jumped, it is removed from the board.
The challenge is to figure out the correct jumping order for each board configuration. If you reach a point where no more jumps are possible, you have the option of resetting the board or taking back moves one-by-one to try again from any point. The game supports joystick, keyboard and mouse control and offers multiple keyboard configurations. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide