Gomoku, the board strategy game, (Chinese: 五子棋, Pinyin: wǔzǐqí; Japanese: 五目並べ; Korean: 오목, Hanja: 五目, Russian:Крестики Нолики) is known under different names including Fine in a Row, Connect Five, Gobang, Omen.

Black plays first, and players alternate in placing a stone of their color on an empty intersection. The winner is the first player to get an unbroken row of five stones horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

History of Gomoku

The origin of Gomoku seems to be from China. The name "Gomoku" is from the Japanese language, in which it is referred to as gomokunarabe (五目並べ). Go means five, moku is a counter word for pieces and narabe is often associated with these kind of games, meaning something akin to lining things up. It is traditionally played with go pieces (black and white stones) on a go board, however, because once placed, pieces are not moved or removed from the board, Gomoku is often played on paper with noughts and crosses similar to Tic-Tac-Toe.

Main Features

  • Native iPhone, iPod touch and iPad support
  • 5 levels of artifitial intelligence
  • 2 player mode
  • 4 original themes - Go classic, Tic-Tac-Toe, Color Drops and Soccer and Bascetball
  • Elo rating system
  • Board sizes from 8x8 to 30x30

Some more history

When the first book on gomoku was published in the year of 1858 A.D. the game was called kakugo. Some poeple claim that it was known as early as 100 A.D. The ancient Chinese game of WUTZU is also considered to be the prototype of the Five-In-A-Row games.