Virtua Chess

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a game by Microprose
Platform: PC (1995)
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Sport Games, Chess Video Games
Virtua Chess
Virtua Chess
Virtua Chess
Virtua Chess

It's Hardly The Sort of thing you would expect to set the world afire with, now is it? I mean, c'mon... to be brutally honest, no-one in their right mind is going to go any particular shade of bananas over a chess game, regardless of how mind-bogglingly intelligent it might be. Well, Titus is convinced that this chess game is going to be different. Not only does Virtua Chess have the obligatory hyper intelligent, pan-dimensional brain box. which can out-think a brainy person at ten paces, but it also has a rather snazzy list of features hidden up its sleeves.

So what's so special?

Now, it goes without saying that any new "heavy" chess game is going to be a bit on the good side. The French team responsible for this particular "heavy" chess game is totally convinced that it can out-think Oiessmusttr 4000 without breaking into a sweat, and the AI is more than a match for Kasparov's Gambit. Not at all bad when you consider that both of these products are more than capable of giving Grand Masters a run for their money. Aside from this, though. Virtua Chess offers network play (something that seems to be standard issue on all games these days), a variety of different chess piece designs. some fancy Silicon Graphics rendered cut-scenes, full svga support up to and including 1.024x768 in 256 colours, and finally the "Virtua" bit.

You have to admit that having the word "Virtua" and "Chess" linked together is a little unusual, but in this case I have to admit that it is appropriate. You see, as we as the very nicely presented traditional tw dimensional board, the game also features; a three-dimensional polygon-generated board, which can be moved and zoomed to any position that you desire. What is rather impressive, though, is that this board can be on screen in a window at the same time as the two-dimensional board and a number of other windows containin information, including moves, a clock, pieces taken and all manner of other information. Pretty impressive... especially when all of the windows are updated simultaneously.

What next?

So why has Titus opted to launch the next phase of its development with a chess title : then? Well, according to Titus' PR managei Simon Jones "Titus isn't afraid to fill in thd gaps that other software houses wouldn't necessarily look at. Virtua Chess is a very strong title in its field, and although you wouldn't expect it to have massive appeal in the computer games market, we have had a lot of interest from the hard-core chess mob."

Expect to see Virtua Chess on cd-rom in the next couple of mont hs, with a Windows version following in the summer.

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System requirements:

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

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