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Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess (DOS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Once the novelty wears off... It's not too bad, but one glaring rules omission ruins it Kasey Chang (3654) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.2

The Press Says

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Power Play
Besonders originell ist "Battle Chess II" nicht gerade, gab es doch vor einiger Zeit ein Spiel ähnlichen Namens, das mit dem gleichen Schlachtmodus erfreute. Der Nachfolger bietet zwar ein modifiziertes Regelwerk, im wesentlichen ist der Spielablauf aber derselbe geblieben. Hat man sich an den Kampfsequenzen satt gesehen, kann man diese Funktion getrost abschalten. Wenn der Minister zum x-ten Male einen Bauern umnietet, wirkt diese Unterbrechung störend. Übrig bleibt ein durchschnittliches Schachprogramm. Battle Chess II ist etwas für Schachfans, die sich an den chinesischen Regeln versuchen wollen.
PC Leisure
Despite its novel theme, Battle Chess II doesn't offer enough variation on the original to make it more than an interesting insight into the Chinese way of play.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
While many of the principles are the same as chess – this is another game that started as a wargame and developed into abstract strategy – the feel is totally different. A river runs through the middle of the board, and Cannon dominate, much as they did on the real Chinese battlefield when first introduced. On the other hand, the sound and music are eminently forgettable – a real shame, since that was one of the strengths of the Amiga version. Still, if you want to sharpen your tactics without having to memorize openings, this offers a reasonable, chess-like alternative.