by: Ripstone Ltd • 17.6K
As of 2014, it seems quite foolish to develop and launch a chess game. Not a so-called chess sequel, nor an alternative chess board with a million-dollar franchise backing it, but a simple, standard chess game.
In fact, I can imagine Ripstone's staff brainstorming about what to do next. Someone said "chess," and people ought to have made jokes about "Why not parcheesi, too?" and the like. However, he then added "the best chess game on the market," and that's just what they did.
Pure Chess does not bring new and alternative rules to the table, nor flashy bizarre options. As its title implies, it's just chess, having gathered all the options that players have been asking for since the first online chess games appeared. It's like setting a new standard.
If you are missing the old Battlechess, no worries: there are plenty of beautifully designed boards and piece sets (not animated, though, don't expect a queen casting a spell on a pawn). Wanna play random opponents online or IRL friends offline? Sure. Prefer to solve chess problems? Here they are. Challenge the AI and feel like Karpov? Go ahead.
More fancy features: four beautiful background soundtracks, some stages, 3D cameras, ELO rankings. Throughout this review, I only missed a "give up" button and the chance to change notations from algebraic to descriptive. You can offer a draw anytime, though. Graphics are gorgeous and beautifully rendered. Learning to play includes a step by step tutorial suited for players who haven't ever played a chess game.
Long story short, this game provides anything you could ask for in a chess game. The initial free download includes the most basic checkers-like pieces, but you can tailor your features in the in-app shop or purchase the whole bundle for $10.
Absolutely recommended. Now that we have the closest thing to a perfect mobile chess game, it's time to ask for alternate rules and fantasy boards. But not before.
by Peter , Appszoom
May 08, 2014
Pure Chess now available on Tegra K1 powered devices
Pure Chess puts other games in checkmate! Are you a Grandmaster in the making?
"The prettiest Android game you'll ever play" - AndroidSPIN
"Pure Chess truly brings chess back into the 21st century with style" - Android Dissected
Experience one of the oldest known boardgames on the advanced technology of today. With ultra-realistic and unparalleled beautiful visuals you can almost reach out and touch the pieces. Created under the watchful eye of a fully-fledged Grandmaster; Pure Chess allows players to experience the traditional game like never before, showcasing gorgeous environments and unbelievably stunning chess sets.
Learn the basics through step-by-step tutorials or challenge yourself to tournaments, with full control of skill level depending on how challenged you wish to be. An art, a science, a social engagement, a means for a challenge – whether you’re a beginner, an avid player or an ultimate Grandmaster, it’s time to experience one of the oldest board games known to man, brought to life on the modern technology of today! You can now play Pure Chess cross-platform with your friends!
Play Pure Chess on Tegra K1 and enjoy true console-class graphics never seen before on any mobile device. The power of Tegra K1 allows Pure Chess to really shine with high resolution, realistic reflections and refractions, highly detailed chess sets and surroundings and to top it all off, post processing effects like bloom and depth of field. All this combined makes Pure Chess look stunning on Tegra K1 and provides you with the ultimate chess game experience.
Pure Chess is a game that can be played by everyone, at any age, but mastered by only a few. The question is... Are you a Grandmaster in the making? Your move!