Battle Chess

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a game by Data East
Genre: Board Games
Platforms: PC, NESNES
Editor Rating: 7.3/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 7.4/10 - 7 votes
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See also: Chess Games, Battle Games
Battle Chess
Battle Chess
Battle Chess

Old school games are still popular after all these years because of their timelessness. Battle Chess is a 1988 chess game that features fantasy animated sequences. The game follows chess rules, but when ever a piece takes another piece, a short battle sequence commences. The game was first released by Interplay Entertainment, for a type of computer called the Amiga. It continued to expand to new computer systems as time went on. Today, you can still play this old classic on the PC.

Classic Play

Battle Chess is just that—chess. There are no variations on the game. The rules are the same as they have been for centuries. The only thing that was new or different in this classic was that the chess pieces walked around, and fought to the death when a piece was taken. Chess hasn’t died out after all these years because to this day it is a challenging game that inspires millions, which is probably why this game still has life today.

Cute animations

Each of the animations in the game are unique. If a rook takes the queen for example, he devours her. There’s even a reference to the hit Monty Python classic, where two knights engage in battle and one loses all limbs but refuses to give up. These animations alone can add extra entertainment, as you work to try and play the game in such a way that you can see all the different animations.

Although the graphics are sub par for what we are used to today, they are still cute for pixel art. They are about on level with graphics from the original Monkey Island. If you love the idea of Battle Chess but are looking for something with better graphics, they did a remake called Battle Chess: Game of Kings which brings the same cult classic with new eye-popping 3D battle sequences.

Play against a challenging AI opponent

The AI has over 30,000 moves, and will keep you occupied no matter what you throw at it. You can also take turns playing with someone else, letting you play against family or friends using this digital chess set. No matter who you play against, you will always be on your toes with this strategy game.

Battle Chess was the best of its kind in 1988, and was so popular that people still play it to this day. A steam release of this classic was made in 2015, and is still as popular as ever for PC players. Battle Chess brought to the computer front a favorite game everyone loves to play, dressed up for the modern era with battle sequences.

9

Although the animations are pixelated and definitely not what we’re used to decades later, the fact that it is still beloved after all this time shows what a well made game it is.

Pros:

  • The classic chess game that’s been popular for 2,000 years
  • Cute animated sequences
  • Nostalgia of a great classic game

Cons:

  • It doesn’t have the features of a new game

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PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

NES

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

Forget your old man's game! This is chess like you've never played it. Because Battle Chess isn't a game - it's war!

Now when you capture an enemy's soldier, the struggle unfolds in 3-D animation. Knight versus knight has never been so exciting!

Six levels of play make Battle Chess a challenge for veteran chess players as well as the novice. Want to concentrate on strategy - then use the 2-D overview. And when you're ready for action, switch to the colorful 3-D graphics and digitized sound effects!

Take battle strategy into the 21st century with Battle Chess! And leave the chess board behind.

If you are a chess fan, then you may want to check this title out. This is simply chess in a three-dimensional board, with pieces that walk, talk, and fight to the finish when taking another players' chess pieces!

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