10,000 - 50,000 downloads
- Game rules included!
- Good for beginners
- Good for pros
- Transcripts can't be shared
- 2 player hot-seat offline
Perhaps the best chess app we've found so far.
Chess. Mental fencing, willpower warfare, the triumph of mind over matter, or those little wooden pieces on a board that elder carry every other morning to the park. No matter how you call it, it should be on your mobile. Of course, there are a lot of very fun little games perfectly fitted to waste your time, but 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 at all, there are written, easily explained, the game rules, so this app's suitable for those who want to learn nearly from the very beginning. En passant capture and castling will be no more esoteric concepts.
The first thing that catches our attention of this app is that just as it's launched there's a small intro, where we see the machine play against itself. It's a nice touch.
There are ten difficulty levels, three boards and three piece sets. There should be tens of them, but it's true that the strangest sets would slow down too much the game. In lower difficulty levels, the IA is weaker but not stupid and does not commit inexplicable failures (at least, not too often), so the experience for the beginner is optimal. At the end of the game, the match can be reviewed. This option is useful to learn 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. On the other hand, the pros will be satisfied with the option to see what action is evaluating the machine before moving.
There's a hot seat option to play with a friend. If it would be available to play with a friend online, we ought to give the fifth star. This paid version has no ads, but doesn't have any extra features.
Same as our "Chess Free", but no Ads.
"Chess" is currently the highest rated paid chess on Android (at time of writing), from the paid 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!
-- 6 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
Download the best Chess for Android now!
- Added a new board!
- Russian translations added
V1.66: New translations added
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.
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Please add landscape board for tablets!
It got 100% excellent.
Fun-hope better with no ads.
Online play would be nice. Other than that, I love this app. It is great for new players.
Been playing this for ages.great game