When attacking another piece a player hits their Strike button, presses their piece and then the targeted piece: the game either rewards a successful attack or punishes a failed strike with an appropriate bit of music. Players can tag and capture lower-ranked opponents, with the exception that the lowest rank captures the highest.
American editions later introduced new rectangular pieces with a more stable base and colorful stickers, not images directly imprinted on the plastic. After World War II, painted wood pieces became standard.
A player must move a piece in his turn; there is no "pass" (as in the game of Go). Since each side has only about 18 pieces, the pieces are far more mobile. It is possible to have ranked pieces that are not moveable because they are trapped behind bombs.
Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. An expanded version of the Land Battle Chess game also exists, adding naval and aircraft pieces and is known as Sea-Land-Air Battle Chess (Hai Lu Kong Zhan Qi).. In addition, the first U.S. edition (1961) Milton Bradley set, and a special edition 1963 set called Stratego Fine, had wooden pieces. Hausemann and Hotte acquired a license in 1958 for European distribution, and in 1959 for global distribution. Similarly, Hermance Edan took a patent for L'attaque game in 1909 and sold them in 1910.
The stickers must be applied by the player after purchase, though the box does not mention any assembly being required. Franklin Mint Civil War Collector's Edition: In the mid-1990s, Franklin Mint created a luxury version of Stratego with a Civil War theme and gold- and silver-plated pieces.
 Lu Zhan Jun Qi's basic gameplay is similar, though differences include "missile" pieces and a xiangqi-style board layout with the addition of railroads and defensive "camps". Features unique Spotter playing pieces.
The only remaining copies are those sent to the company's retail stores for display. It included all the games of Ultimate Stratego as well as classic Stratego, and was designed to be used over an LAN, modem-to-modem, or over the internet. Science Fiction Version: Jumbo B.V. / Spin Master version of Stratego, common in North American department stores.
Each player also has one Spy, which succeeds only if it attacks the Marshal or the Flag.
It includes foil stamped wooden game pieces and a raised gameboard with a decorative wooden frame.
Hence, it is possible for a player to have their piece occupying a square with a bomb on it. . Both players then reveal their piece's rank; the weaker piece (see exceptions below) is removed from the board.
Due to a last-minute licensing problem, the set was never officially released and offered for sale. The game Jungle also has pieces (but of animals rather than soldiers) with different ranks and pieces with higher rank capture the pieces with lower rank. Nostalgia Game Series Edition: Released 2002.  Stratego has many more moves and substantially greater complexity than other familiar games such as chess and backgammon; however, unlike those games where a single bad move at any point may result in loss of the game, most moves in Stratego are inconsequential. In some variants such as Stratego Waterloo and Fire and Ice Stratego, all or most of the pieces have substantially different moves; these are essentially different games. A piece may not move onto a square already occupied unless it attacks.
No exposition of the strategy of Stratego, either set up or game play, has been published. Each player moves one piece per turn. It immediately eliminates any other piece striking it, without itself being destroyed. No published compilation of recorded exemplary games (akin to master games in chess) exists.