A lot of gamers would look at a game like Score Four and turn up their noses. "Isn't it just a glorified version of tic-tac-toe or Connect Four?" Maybe. But an abstract strategy game like Score Four holds tons of potential for staging a pure battle of the wits. Like chess, you're trying to impose your will on your opponent by making strategic moves. The goal is to get four four-in-a-rows with your beads any way you can - vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. But you've got to be sneaky. You've got to either arrange for your opponent to be in a no-win situation where you score no matter what they do OR you have to take your opponent by surprise. You have to simultaneously play offense and defense. Every move can be significant in many ways.
Score Four is an excellent game that has as much complexity as you have sophistication of thought. So even though it might not have Orc armies or an historical theme, I recommend you check it out if you can find an old copy. Oh - and here's one more word of advice. NEVER PLAY SAM IN SCORE FOUR. HE'S UNSTOPPABLE.