Indsendt: 23. maj
What is Battle vs. Chess?
The game is an adaptation of the more or less ancient board game chess. The modern rules of chess were invented quite recently, as you will know.
Battle vs. Chess offers two campaigns, some minigames, 20 or so puzzles of which some are actual chess problems.
Battle vs. Chess does NOT offer a good AI. It is merely intended to be a compilation of some more or less funny or even unfair chess variations where you have to think unorthodox to win. It offers a good value, if you can grab it on a sale, but the DLC are even more overpriced than the main game. Now I do understand that some work went into this, and it is fun to play while it lasts, but it does not last very long. With all the basic framework already done, it would have needed only more chess variants, maybe including some popular ones to play against the AI, or maybe even against each other, other than the five that are already there.
Yes, the game has multiplayer but does not use the full potention by offering only a small part of what we find in the campaign. Sure, some campaign variations have hidden objects or fog on the board where hot-seat would be difficult to play. But even that bit of more variety for local multiplayer would greatly enhance the game.
The multiplayer - with five variants including losing chess - can be played on Hot Seat or WAN/LAN. I did not find an online multiplayer button, but maybe I overlooked something (please comment below!).
As it stands, it is a fun chess game to not be taken too seriously. Getting all the king medals in all levels was fun and sometimes luckbased, and for that it was worth receiving it as a birthday gift. :-)
Recommended? For chess fans, when it is on sale for under 5 Euro.
As of writing this review, it is 86 percent off, for which I recommend getting the game!
A small summary in case you don't know chess:
Chess is a board game for two players on an 8x8 grid board. Each player has 16 pieces, divided into six kinds: One king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, eight pawns. The pieces have different movesets, including the ability to do special moves under very restricted circumstances. One of those rules, for example, forces pawns to promote to another piece when entering the opponent's back rank.
The game is highly strategical and tactical, currently there are (as of 2015) over 200,000 registered players worldwide. It is estimated many more play it as a hobby without ever having joined a club or tournament.