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Battle Chess

User Reviews

Chess for people who don't like chess DOS Martin Smith (63054)
Cool and Funny DOS AstroNerdBoy (40)
A lot of flash but no fire. DOS woods01 (154)
A classic! DOS Tomer Gabel (4364)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
3DO 6 3.2
Acorn 32-bit 2 3.6
Amiga 27 3.9
Amiga CD32 4 3.4
Apple II 5 3.2
Apple IIgs 4 3.2
Atari ST 5 3.6
CDTV 2 3.6
Commodore 64 5 3.2
DOS 60 3.7
FM Towns 1 4.0
Macintosh 5 3.3
NES 10 3.1
PC-98 2 3.6
Sharp X68000 2 3.6
Windows 3.x 9 3.7
Combined MobyScore 149 3.6

The Press Says

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Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
Purists are admirably catered for with the 2-D game, but it's the 3-D battles which make Battlechess a great way to relax while the same kicking several shades of stars out of your friends.
AmigaST/Amiga Format
Battlechess is a fine program with attention paid to every detail, from the full-scale riots of a chess game to the creative display of its menu's. But give it a decent opponent, and you'll soon realise its shortcomings. It might well beat the brains out of your average player but when the chips are down, Battlechess crumbles.
Atari STThe One
Gameplay is, of course, identical (but for some reason it takes slightly longer for the computer to decide its next move) and all the original options (including the two-player modem link-up) are available.
AmigaThe One
Undoubtedly Battle Chess is the best game of its kind on the Amiga, even surpassing Chessmaster 2000. If you're a Chess fan, you should go out and buy this game immediately. If you're not, you should buy it anyway.
Commodore 64Retro Gamer
Graphically, despite being lowresolution, Battle Chess is more than adequate, with well-drawn sprites. Overall, the game is well presented and packed with all the options you’d expect – seven selectable skill levels, one or two players, saveable games etc. So, novice or not, Battle Chess is simply great fun.
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
Battle Chess must rank as the most entertaining chess game around, and the funniest. The style with which the chess pieces fight is comic-book and is a healthy mixture of humour styles (watch out for the Monty Python And The Holy Grail take-off when two knights fight). As well as being an aural and visual treat, Battle Chess is also a fine chess game.
DOSThe Games Machine (UK)
Battle Chess places heavy emphasis on graphics, in terms of complexity the game of chess is secondary to presentation. Nonetheless, the end-result is a decent strategy game with humorous, well executed (pun intended) graphics.
An almost-entry in Techtite's list of Top 50 Multimedia Classics, this gave chess fans what they always wanted : an animated chess set where the pieces duked it out for each space, instead of just "disappearing," or merely removed from the board. While the concept was already shown in films like Futureworld, Interplay was the first to deliver the goods as an actual, playable game, and they did an excellent job. It even led to a few (not as good) sequels.
DOSAll Game Guide
Still, Battle Chess is meant to be an introduction for gamers who wouldn't normally give European chess a second thought. In that aspect, it succeeds admirably, combining a good range of difficulties with entertaining graphics. Expert chess players, however, are likely to find the lack of a high level AI disappointing.
Para quem gosta de jogar xadrez - ou quer aprender - Battle Chess é uma divertida opção.
3DOConsoles Plus
Les programmeurs ont mal dosé la vitesse des combats. Le principe de Battlechess est très bon, mais sa lenteur risque fort de vous décevoir.
DOSThe DOS Spirit
For resten av oss blir det noe fattig, mye fordi det Chessmaster gjorde to år tidligere, i 1986, var så mye bedre. Hvis uhøytidelig sjakk er din greie, vil Battle Chess passe billetten bra. For Magnus Carlsen og andre rutenettgenier som vil ha en utfordring, er Chessmaster tingen å gå for.
AmigaASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Die Grafik bei BATTLE CHESS ist, um es kurz zu sagen, einzigartig und sagenhaft, das läßt sich schon an den sauber und ordentlich gezeichneten Figuren erkennen, bei denen jede Einzelheit vorhanden ist. Wie die Grafik ist auch der Sound (Waffenklirren, Kampfschreie, Laufschritt, Japsen, Stöhnen etc.), der das Spiel die ganze Zeit über begleitet und der ebenfalls aus guten Händen kommt, meiner Meinung nach etwas Erstklassiges. BATTLE CHESS ist der Anfang für ein neues 16-Bit-Zeitalter, was hoffentlich weiterhin für Super-Spiele wie das vorliegende sorgen wird. Das ELECTRONIC ARTS-Produkt ist mit seinen vier Megabyte an animierten Grafiken und den 400 Kilobyte an, Sound eines jener Spiele, die man als absolut unschlagbar bezeichnen muß!
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The standard of chess is played similar and the animation has come across in good shape. There are even the digitised sound effects to help things along. The novelty will wear off but it's one that you will come back to often.
Amiga CD32Amiga Joker
Hey, das erste Schach fürs CD32! Im Vergleich zu uralten Urversion hat Interplay dem Oldie hier ein paar Farben mehr spendiert, die witzig animierten Kampfsequenzen beim Schlagen wurden jedoch nicht überarbeitet. Dafür sind Sprachausgabe, Musik und sogar ein kleiner Schachlehrgang auf der Scheibe enthalten. Nur spielt das Programm halt immer noch recht schwach, zudem reagiert die Steuerung eher lahm. Schachmatt in 68 Prozent.
3DOElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
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.
DOSHigh Score
Battle Chess har dock ett ganska begränsat underhållningsvärde. När man har sett pjäserna hugga ihjäl varandra något tiotal gånger, blir bara animationerna ett irritationsmoment som gör att spelet blir långsamt. Visserligen går alla animationer att stänga av, men då är ju själva anledningen att köpa Battle Chess borta. Och är det en schacksimulator man är ute efter, finns det definitivt bättre val.
NESGame Freaks 365
Battle Chess is an interesting title. It's approach to killer, chess action definitely falls short, but at the same time if you're looking for a decent chess title, this one will deliver the basics and then some. It just doesn't play out well and in the end you're probably better off focusing on something like The Chessmaster, which is a much better, higher quality game that knows its roots and where its focus should be. Battle Chess was a cool idea, but it wasn't taken to the level it could have been.
Commodore 64Joystick (French)
Craignos la définition sur C64! L'échiquier est un invraisemblable fouillis et même en ouvrant grand les mirettes, on distingue difficilement un pion d'un fou. L'adaptation est fidèle à celle de l'Amiga (avec le Zzz typique quand la bécane mouline), on y retrouve la reine au déhanchement sexy, la tour qui se transforme en monstre, le vicieux qui écrabouille la main dudit monstre quand il est jeté aux oubliettes, le fou qui se roule par terre avant d'être désintégré, et aussi toute la gamme de bruitages, de pas pesants, ferraillage, pleurs... Et puis, il y a les attentes, longuettes, ça rame dans le processeur. Faut-il l'ajouter à votre logithèque? Oui si c'est pour se marrer entre copains, sûrement pas si vous voulez expérimenter une nouvelle ouverture.
Sorti en 1992 chez Interplay, Battle Chess avait eu un succès tellement important qu’une suite était sortie quelques années plus tard. Il faut dire que le concept d’un jeu d’échec dont les pièces seraient animées et prendraient vie rendait l’idée particulièrement attrayante à ceux qui n’aiment pas ce jeu ou tout simplement qui voulaient changer des jeux du commerce plus « sérieux ».
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Not only does this deserve its place in the CGW Hall of Fame, it has held up better than one might expect. The graphics are dated, yet nicely done, particularly the animation, where each piece takes on a unique persona: the Queen swished around like a femme fatale trapped in a Tennesse Williams play, and the spells the casts often open holes in the chessboard itself. Even the humorous sequences, triggered every time a piece captures another are still fresh and funny after all these years.
Commodore 6464'er
Sehr schnell kommt man nämlich an einen Punkt, wo man sich fragt: „Steht die Dame jetzt auf B-3 oder B-4?“ oder „Ist die Figur auf F-5 jetzt ein Bauer oder ein Springer?“ Spätestens hier empfiehlt es sich, die extrem unübersichtliche 3D-Darstellung zu verlassen und in der etwas glücklicher gestalteten 2D-Version weiterzuspielen. Die ursprüngliche Spielidee von Battle Chess ist damit zwar untergraben, aber es geht nun mal nicht anders. Was bleibt ist die Frage, ob man die Diskette nicht vielleicht doch besser formatieren und sich statt dessen ein spielstarkes Schach ohne grafische Spielereien zulegen sollte.
NESDefunct Games
Overall, this 8-bit port of Battle Chess is horrible. It's the slowest video game of all time -- probably even slower than a real professional chess game. Try to avoid it, especially if you have fond memories of the original on DOS or Amiga.