Piccolo: Othello 4+

The best Othello app

Symbolic Software

    • 4.5 • 645 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


• #1 Most Downloaded Game (April, May, June, July 2021) — Japan Mac App Store!
• Featured in Apple's "What We're Playing", "Games We Love" and "Best Games Made in France"!
• "Beautiful, minimalistic and highly addictive." — TouchArcade
• "A simple but captivating game." — Mac4Ever
• "From us, this small but fine application therefore receives an absolute recommendation." — Appgefahren
• "Whether you're a fan of the game or not, Piccolo will make you love Othello." — MaxiApple

Piccolo® is the best Othello app for iPhone®, iPad® and Mac®. It features a strong, fast AI on top of a polished user interface, with beautiful themes, advanced features, online play and more. Piccolo is available in 20 languages and comes with no ads or tracking. It's an Othello app made for Othello players by Othello lovers.

• Strong AI: Piccolo features a custom Othello AI engine written in the Rust programming language, designed to be fast, challenging and customizable. The AI's default Level 1 difficulty can be beaten by beginners, while its Level 8 difficulty is likely to challenge even top Othello masters around the world. Designed from scratch, the Piccolo AI engine is sure to give seasoned Othello players a new type of opponent to play against, with often surprising and creative strategies.

• User Experience: Piccolo features a native user experience designed for iOS and macOS. A modern design lets you focus on the game, with helpful move indicators, the ability to undo moves, and automatic game saves between every move in case you close the app by mistake or your phone's battery runs out. Multiplayer play is supported both locally and online.

• Themes: Piccolo features a variety of beautiful themes to customize and breathe fresh life into your Othello experience. Othello veterans might enjoy sticking to the Classic theme, while others might prefer the handsome Seasoned Wood theme, the adorable Sailor Moon theme or even the Persian Spray theme, inspired by traditional Iranian ceramics. Additional themes designed by guest artist Aline Corrêa are also available, giving you access to an Othello game on top of an alligator lake, inside an ancient castle, next to Egyptian pyramids, and more!

• Play Online: Piccolo Online is a free online service that lets you connect with friends via easily exchangeable Game Codes to play friendly Othello games wherever you are around the world. Piccolo Online also supports automatic matchmaking so that you can quickly play games with random opponents worldwide. Piccolo Online features quick, stable connections, and benefits from a strong privacy policy.

• Cute iMessage Stickers: Send cute “chibi”-style iMessage stickers to your friends with Piccolo's bundled iMessage Sticker Pack! Featuring 36 custom illustrations drawn by anime artist Erica Li, the stickers feature Piccolo's adorable mascot in different relatable situations.

• No Ads, No Tracking: Unlike a majority of games on the App Store today, Piccolo has no terms you need to accept before playing. Piccolo will never show you a single ad, and will never track you. The app is entirely a labor of love for the game of Othello, made by players for players.

• Available in 20 Languages: Thanks to contributions from players around the world, Piccolo has been translated from English into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese. No matter where you are, Piccolo's interface will be easy to understand.

Othello® is a registered trademark of MegaHouse Corporation. Piccolo: Othello is an independent implementation of the underlying game, which is placed in the public domain.

What’s New

Version 2.24

This update brings improvements to the AI engine's strategy algorithms, and improved compatibility for macOS Sonoma.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
645 Ratings

645 Ratings

Owo owo uwu yes ,

i really love everything about it! i have a request/some feedback though.

i recently got into othello this year, but it’s probably one of my favorite little games to just play. i discovered it in a hatsune miku minigame on my 3ds that i played all the time and took everywhere with me! and when i found out it was actually othello and there were apps for it i got so happy. i’ve tried other othello apps and this one seems to be my favorite.

i do have a request though, could you please add a new mode for single player/where you control both black and white? i saw it in another othello app, it’s for playing by yourself or with someone else in person. i have an ipad and id love to play othello in person with my friends, but the only game modes on my favorite piccolo are AI and online.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for your kind words. The feature you're referring to already exists: simply go to settings (button on the bottom right of the screen) and disable the AI by activating the "AI Disabled" toggle. This will effectively make it such that two people can play on the same device, since the AI is now disabled. You can even set a name for the second player.

On a long journey for incremental innovation gains ,

The only Othello app you will ever need!!!

The developer of this Othello app has a Doctorate from the best PhD program in mathematics in Europe (ENS Ulm) and it clearly shows. The AI is just superb. It is a pleasure to play at level 1 for beginners (yes, you can win at this level) and you still have 9 more levels to explore. The latest and highest level will be challenging even for Othello champions. It's totally free (but you can contribute by buying goodies if you feel like acknowledging the amazing programming and AI behind this cute game). In short, truly challenging, free, no ads, with 10 levels of difficulty, and you can play with your friends too.

MeroRain ,

Fantastic game

The game is good and the sound effects are calming, but there are a few things that might need to be improved, such as increasing the randomness of the openings, I found that the ai openings don't change if the chosen ai level doesn't change, but this can be stale if the ai has already been defeated with the same move before, so I hope that the ability to randomize ai openings can be increased

In-App Purchases

Theme Pack: Around the World
Theme Pack: Around the World
Unlock Othello themes from around the world!
Theme Pack: Great Painters
Theme Pack: Great Painters
Othello in the style of Picasso and more!

App Privacy

The developer, Symbolic Software, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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