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Description

Humorous animated chess game; pieces capture with rude/funny digitized live-action cutscenes. Computer player tries to break your concentration with taunts and distracting animations--will steal a piece if you let it. Victory rewarded with cheesecake/beefcake/mountain-goat cutscene.

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National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 DOS Aw, shucks.  It was worth a shot!
National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 DOS A staid 2D representation if all the gimmicks are too distracting. (Isn't that the point?)
National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 DOS Battle Chess-like finishing moves.  (So this explains "dancers" and "choreography" in the credits!)
National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 DOS That's quite the list of difficulty levels.  Hey, wait, what's that at the bottom?

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Alternate Titles

  • "National Lampoon's ChessMeister 5 Billion and 1" -- Working Title

User Reviews

More of a novelty than a game. Scott Monster (927) unrated

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jun, 1993 11 out of 12 92
Play Time Jul, 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1993 62 out of 100 62
Power Play Jun, 1993 54 out of 100 54
PC Joker Jun, 1993 52 out of 100 52
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 52 out of 100 52
High Score Nov, 1993 2 out of 5 40
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1993 35 out of 100 35
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1993 11 out of 100 11

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Trivia

Early magazine ads for this game referred to it as "National Lampoon's ChessMeister 5 Billion and 1". The name change was most likely at the advice of Spectrum Holobyte's legal department, fearing a lawsuit from the publishers of the Chessmaster series.
Chris Mikesell (29) added National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 (DOS) on Sep 08, 2000