How to play Napoleon (pen and paper game)

How to Play: Napoleon (pen and paper game)

The French Military Game, also known as Napoleon or Wolf and Sheep, is a strategy game that challenges players to outsmart and outmaneuver their opponents.

The game’s mechanics is not difficult, which makes it a great option for children who are just learning to play strategy games.

Features of the Napoleon Game

 ★  Game Name Napoleon
 ★  Group size small (for 2 players)
 ★  Age 6+
 ★  Type stationary
 ★  Skill memory / erudition
 ★  Place indoor
★  Time up to 1 – 3 min
 ★  Preparation no
 ★  Materials yes (paper, pen and two sets of any markers)

Aim of the Game

The goal of the first Player is to trap the opponent’s piece, that is, to prevent it from making a move. In all other cases, the victory is awarded to the second Player.

Group Size and Ages

Napoleon a game for 2-people.

This is a great game to play with anyone aged 6 and up. However, if somebody can understand the instructions and they can hold a pen, then there is no real minimum age for this game.

Preparation and Materials

Printable - Napoleon (pen and paper game) 2To prepare for pen and paper game Napoleon, you’ll need the following materials:

  • A surface to play the game.
  • Game board (draw your own, or use our printable game board).
  • Two sets of markers (for example, 4 bottle caps in 2 different colors, checkers, or anything similar).
Printable copy of Napoleon with board Download. Patterns are Adobe PDF fileson standard letter-size paper (8.5″x11″ or A4).

When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

How to play Paper Game: Napoleon

  1. Player 1 places the markers on squares 1, A, and 3. Player 2 puts the marker (Napoleon) on square 5.
  2. Player 1 goes first and can move any of pieces to an empty neighboring field along the line. Player 1 is not allowed to move down vertically or diagonally. Jumping is not allowed.
  3. Player 2 goes next and can move the piece to any empty field without any restrictions.
  4. Players take turns, using only one piece per move.


In Napoleon, the first player needs to trap the opponent’s piece, preventing it from moving.Otherwise, Player 2 wins, especially if the same moves are repeated infinitely.

Napoleon is an abstract strategy game.

Although it is easy to learn and simple to play, it is also a quite intellectual game because this game is not based on chance (such as dice games). Thus, it requiresusingthinking skills and develops attention and logic.