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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.

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National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 DOS Upon game completion you are rewarded with the object of your desire.  Uhh... remember that options screen at the beginning?
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 Building the video files takes forever during installation, but they do try to keep you amused as the hamsters run in their wheels...
National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 DOS Intro:huh? What? Is my computer dying?

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

More of a novelty than a game. Scott Monster (924) unrated

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jun, 1993 11 out of 12 92
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
PC Joker Jun, 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

Following an aborted opening sequence (a la Monty Python' And The Holy Grail), the long list of contributors to the game is listed, each of their names embellished in a faux Slavic style (ie from Erick Jap to Eric Japovitch) ... which made verifying credits for this game a real pain in the posterior 8)
Chris Mikesell (29) added National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 (DOS) on Sep 08, 2000