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National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 (DOS)

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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.

Screenshots

National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 DOS Boss screen
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 Intro:huh? What? Is my computer dying?
National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 DOS Look carefully, and you'll see that the bored little pawn in the top right is yawning.

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

More of a novelty than a game. Scott Monster (919) unrated

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1993 62 out of 100 62
Power Play Jun, 1993 54 out of 100 54
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