50,000 - 100,000 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)
-- 12 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 Tutor
This option shows a recommended piece to move. This will help you think about how you should play without telling you exactly what move to make. This is good for developing chess skill while also helping you avoid simple mistakes.
-- 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!
-- 8 Chess Boards and 5 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!
- Fixes a possible bug with the Tutor, where it can very occasionally suggest move for wrong side.
- Fixes a rare bug with K vs KBB endgame..
- Tutor mode added. The tutor will suggest which piece to move, but not where you should move it to.
- "Show Pieces In Danger" option added. Pieces at risk of capture are highlighted red, when this option is selected.
But please consider adding multiplayer via Google Play Games, and a fresh coat of paint more in line with Holo design. Even Apple ditched skeuomorphism.
Hands down the best. Played the free version so long I really wanted to pay for it.
This is a very nice chess game. The options including the themes with the chess pieces and boards are nice. For a buck, you can't go wrong.
I love it. Best chess out there. Great options and, it's a very, very bright.game also. Thanks.
...and it keeps my evenings entertaining :)
I just wish there was an option to watch two computers play each other so that I could be entertained and learn from the higher level AI modes. That would be 5 stars, otherwise a fun game