10,000 - 50,000 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 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!
-- 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
Download the best Chess for Android now!
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
Really needs landscape mode though. A 10" tablet isn't easy to hold in portrait while playing a game.
Nothing else needs to be said.
I had free and was very satisfied but I bought this to support!
Absolutely no complains.
Great looking game but quirky so far. Several of my players froze after I began winning my first game. Couldn't get them to move despite saving and re-opening the game several times.
I had the Chess Free, and after 700 games, I decided it was definitely worth a dollar. By far the best Chess app out there.