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My favorate of the Chessmaster series. DOS Brian Hirt (10087)

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DOS 20 3.4
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Combined User Score 20 3.4

Critic Reviews

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DOSExaminer (May 02, 2012)
In terms of overall, it is a solid game. You have to be a chess player to really get involved with it whatsoever. Only those who will play chess will play this most likely. There are different games in the Chessmaster series that upgrades over time and it is one that just continues to expand graphically but mostly using the same concept.
Atari STTilt (Jun, 1987)
Celui que l'on considère comme le meilleur jeu d'échecs pour beaucoup de micros fait son apparition sur ST. La qualité est encore une fois au rendez-vous. Bibliothèques d'ouvertures, nombreux niveaux, horloge, l'essentiel est là. Le superflu aussi d'ailleurs : les couleurs des pièces sont modifiables et le programme parle.
Atari STZzap! (Dec, 1987)
Chessmaster 2000 plays a very strong game, even on low levels, and the wealth of options and friendly speech make it highly enjoyable to play. If you're after an Amiga or ST chess game, this is definitely the one to buy.
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK) (Oct, 1987)
The most noticable difference between this and the Amiga version is speech. Whereas the Amiga programmers have used the crude in-built speech facilities, the Atari ST programmers have used sampled speech which is certainly a lot more understandable, despite the odd his and crackle, and doesn't annoy as much. In fact it's quite atmospheric and makes play marginally more enjoyable than on the Amiga.
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK) (Oct, 1987)
Despite slight problems, this is one of the most polished, and playable versions of the range, combining a clear display and easy piece movement (a cursor-hand appears to physically grip the pieces) with a challenging and well structured game.
DOSThe Games Machine (UK) (Oct, 1987)
Possibly the most straightforward chess game of the lot - but unfortunately this also means the blandest use of colour and the worst 3D display - the board's perspective is confusing and the pieces move in front of each other rather than behind... very unprofessional.
Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK) (Oct, 1987)
Definitely the weakest conversion, most notably lacking the three-dimensional graphics and the game analysis feature. Some of the program's other aspects are also a little awkward to use - the board set-up for instance. This seems to be a case of attempting to fit too much into a machine which isn't really capable.
DOSThe DOS Spirit (Nov 02, 2008)
I en tidsalder hvor regneark, King's Quest og «Starry Sky» skjermsparere var det som definerte datamaskingenerasjonen, fant også sjakk sitt naturlige innpass. En enkel tidtrøyte som er lett å sette seg inn i, men nesten umulig å mestre ble som et hellig mekka for slitne kontorarbeidere på jakt etter noe avslappende å gjøre. Du bør selvfølgelig like sjakk før du setter deg ned med «Chessmaster 2000», og heldigvis tar spillet hensyn til nesten alle typer spillere. Trenger du en solid utfordring under lunsj er «Chessmaster» svaret du er ute etter – en av de virkelige monumentale klassikerne som gis ut selv den dag i dag. Sjakk matt!
Overall this is a well rounded chess program with its extensive opening move library, mid-game use of classical and modern strategies, and uses the finest new computer end game algorithms. Its library of 100 classic games can be used to learn from the play of masters. The graphics are exceptional and with the mouse game play is easy. This program is highly recommended.
I wish I could find something negative to include in this review but I can't. Even the price ($39.95 for IBM) represents a good value. Chessmaster 2000 is the finest chess program I have ever encountered. It is powerful, flexible and fun to play. I feel it will be a standard for years to come. It gets my absolutely highest recommendation.