Review iChess - Chess Tactics/Puzzles
A puzzle game featuring chess
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 22 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Has several levels of difficulty to play through, every difficulty is very challenging
The graphics are dated back to the original PC aesthetic, you can't play a full game of chess
Chess is kind of a puzzle all on its own. You have to have a powerful understanding of the way each piece can move and some well thought out strategies as well. The puzzle is in figuring out your opponent’s strategy and deconstructing it. iChess for Android is a chess game that aims to help you develop a deeper understanding of chess in a slightly different way.
Rather than simply playing through a typical game of chess to play against an online or AI opponent, you’re presented with a game already in progress. The idea of each level is to make the best possible move you can given the game’s positioning. Sometimes you’ll be solving the best move for the white pieces or the black.
Let’s be clear, there is no way to play a real game of chess, which is not really what I was expecting at all. I’ve played chess a handful of times and only casually know how to play the game. I never really played the game online, so figuring out what piece was what proved to be a difficult task, and it would be great if the game gave you some kind of legend.
That said, I enjoyed playing through some of the puzzles but ultimately didn’t really feel like I commanded a strong enough understanding of the game to really gain all the enjoyment I could have. I think big chess fans will get a lot more out of it than I did because of this.
iChess definitely requires some prior knowledge in order to take full advantage of what it has to offer. There are several levels of difficulty, but I found the very easiest difficulty more than enough being just a casual player myself. If you’re looking for a chess game, this isn’t it, though.