- This article is about the tile game. For the four nations of the Avatar World, see Four nations.
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Four Nations, or Four Nations Force in the Nintendo DS version, is a two-player tile game. Each player randomly selects five tiles from a pool of all the tiles currently available to him or her. These tiles have two of the symbols of the four nations on one side, or a special black Avatar tile, which acts as a wildcard.
The goal of the game is to be the first to use all five tiles in the pool by laying one of the tiles diagonally adjacent to a matching symbol that is already in place. Some tiles have two matching symbols – called a "double" – and, if placed, the player can choose whether or not to place another tile. The match is won if a player uses all of his or her tiles, or if the opposing player cannot place a matching tile.
The Nintendo DS version features a similarly named game, 'Four Nations Force', but with a different rule set.
The two opposing players use a 5x5 game board. Each player is granted a type of chip; either the grey "Peoples" chip or the brown "Four Nations" chips, which each of the four chips representing one of the four nations the Air Nomads, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation and Water Tribes. The Peoples chip is limited to a pool of twenty which the player must place on the board at there choice though it cannot be placed where a Four Nations chip is situated.
One player uses four "Four Nations" chips and the other one twenty "People" chips. The Four Nations chips are placed on the four corners of the board, and they can be moved one space in any direction to a free space. The player with the Four Nations chips begins, and after every move, the second player places one People chip on a free space. A Four Nations chip can leap over a People chip if the space behind is open, thus the captured chip is taken off the board. The People chips can be moved when all twenty ones are placed. They can be moved one space in any direction, but they cannot jump over the Four Nations chips.
The playing order is determined randomly by tossing a chip in the air; showing the People chip means the player using the People chips goes first, showing the Four Nations chips means the played using those pieces moves first. There is a limit of eighty moves in which each player must defeat the other one, otherwise, should the move pool be expended without a clear winner, the game is declared a draw.
The Four Nations player wins by capturing four of the People chips, while the People player wins when they block the Four Nations chips so they cannot move anymore. If no one wins within eighty moves, the game ends in a draw. The same result will happen if both players move their chips in the same pattern twice in a row. Regarding the Nintendo DS game, winning the Four Nations game tends to reward the winning player with an unlockable, such as food, medicine, gold or even scrolls to unlock new bending moves.
- This game is only available for play as a mini-game in the Avatar: The Last Airbender video game.
- The Nintendo DS version shares many similarities to the game "Fox and Geese".