Player tactics dating
The game can be won by capturing the opponent's Flag, or all of his moveable pieces.Note that it is possible to have ranked pieces that are not moveable because they are trapped behind bombs.
The early sets featured painted wood pieces, later sets colored plastic.
Each player controls 40 pieces representing individual officer ranks in an army. The objective of the game is to find and capture the opponent's Flag, or to capture so many enemy pieces that the opponent cannot make any further moves.
Stratego has simple enough rules for young children to play, but a depth of strategy that is also appealing to adults.
Such pre-play distinguishes the fundamental strategy of particular players, and influences the outcome of the game. Two zones in the middle of the board, each 2×2, cannot be entered by either player's pieces at any time.
They are shown as lakes on the battlefield and serve as choke points to make frontal assaults less direct.