10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads
- Game rules included!
- Good for beginners
- Good for pros.
- Transcripts can't be shared.
- 2 player hot-seat offline.
Chess. Mental fencing, willpower warfare, the triumph of mind over matter, or those little wooden pieces on a board that the elderly carry every other morning to the park... No matter what you call it, it should be on your mobile. Of course, you probably already have a lot of fun little games that are perfect for wasting your time, but I bet none of them is chess.
We believe that this app has some interesting features that differentiate it from many others we've seen so far. First of all, the rules of the game are written out in and easy-to-understand manner, so this app's suitable for those who want to learn practically from scratch. En passant capture and castling will be no longer be distant concepts.
The first thing that grabs our attention about this app is that when it’s launched there's a small intro where we see the machine play against itself. This is a nice touch.
There are ten difficulty levels, three boards and three piece sets. There should be more, but it has to be said that the strangest sets do slow the game down too much. In the easier levels, the IA is weaker but certainly not stupid and does not make unintelligible mistakes (at least, not too often), so beginners should have a realistic experience. At the end of the game, the match can be reviewed in algebraic notation. This option is useful for learning how to write matches down, but it's a pity that transcripts can't be shared or saved. Of course, games can be saved and resumed later and all you the pros out there will be happy with the option that lets you see what action the machine is contemplating before moving.
There's a hot seat option for playing with a friend and if this was available online, then we’d give the game a fifth star. While you're playing, the game shows ads on the upper part of the screen, but apart from that, this really is a great free chess app.
Chess Free is the best free Chess game on Android! and is currently the highest rated free chess on Android (at time of writing), from the 30+ free chess programs listed.
★★★★-- rating!: "Chess Free provides a rich and challenging experience of this classic board game, all within the confines of your Android smart-phone. " James Woodcock : Review Journalist (http://www.jameswoodcock.co.uk/?p=5427)
-- 10 play levels (Novice->Expert)
This uses intelligent weakening for lower levels. Good for beginners.
-- Uses Treebeard Chess engine
(as used in Microsoft's MSN Chess). This has a unique "human-like" style.
-- "Show CPU Thinking" option
A unique feature, great for learning chess. This shows which moves the AI is considering.
-- Chess Stats, Timers, Hints and Handicaps
Track your career history against each level and improve your rating
-- 2 player hot-seat
Play against your friends!
-- 4 Chess Boards and 4 Chess Piece Sets
-- Review game mode
Step back through your game and see how you won!
-- Load/Save game files & PGN Export
-- Designed for both Tablet and Phone
-- Full Touch screen and trackball support
-- Support for latest Android 3.X and 4.X action bar for options and menu access
Supported by unobtrusive Ads.
*Note: Requested permissions are a requirement of the in-game ads only. The Paid version has no ads, and therefore no permissions beyond writing to SD card.*
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Recently changed in this version:
V1.65: Reduced install size, and added a new board!
V1.64: AI Update: Top levels up to 100 ELO points stronger and up to twice as fast!
V1.63: Added Alternating play option. Improved layouts for medium sized tablets. HD graphics for larger and high-res devices.
V1.62: Added resign and coordinates options
V1.61: Hide Undo button option
V1.6: Load/save game, PGN Export, added 2-player games modes, GPU rendering for 3.0, new piece set
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Comments and ratings for Chess Free
I like it!
Hard to beat level 5, but still did it ;-)
The lower levels are too easy.
Just what I want
Very good app. Easy to use
This game is very fun.. Its better than android chess