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Virtual Chess 64 (Nintendo 64)

Virtual Chess 64 Nintendo 64 Title screen


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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.0
Overall MobyScore (3 votes) 2.5

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Consoles News
Pour toutes ces raisons Virtual Chess est un excellent jeu qui, s'il ne mérite pas d'être classé au rang de hit à cause de quelques petits défauts, a au moins le mérite d'être un jeu d'échecs de qualité qui s'adresse autant aux débutants qu'aux plus exigeants en la matière.
Consoles Plus
Bourrins du pad et autres admirateurs de graphismes exceptionnels, vous pouvez aller vous rhabiller : ce Virtual Chess 64 n'est pas pour vous ! Ici, on réfléchit, on se triture le neurone, on élabore des plans et des tactiques de folie. Le but : mettre mat le roi adverse.
Virtual Chess 64 est la simulation d'échecs que nous étions en droit d'attendre sur la N64. Les amateurs du genre apprécieront, les récalcitrants s'y essaieront, un temps...
This game is a great way to learn chess. If you have ever wanted to learn the game but have not had the patience, now is your chance. The skill levels are done well and for a beginner like myself, the Artificial Stupidity kept me in almost every match. The game of chess takes a lot of mental work so if you don't like to think when you play video games, you will not enjoy this game. I can't say that I am an expert at chess but I can say that thanks to this game, I at least understand all of the rules and concepts now. This game does not really take advantage of the N64's power but hey, it's chess. It really doesn't need to.
Virtual Chess 64 is a great chess game. The AI is excellent, the options are all there, and if you don't mind the lack of variety in boards (alternate 3D boards would have been nice), it's everything a chess player could hope for. If you think playing board games on a console or the PC is a waste of time and you rather play against a human opponent, Virtual Chess is not for you. While Titus has made considerable efforts to attract a broader audience, Virtual Chess 64 won't sway the opinions of those out for action and graphic splendor. But if you are looking for a strong chess computer for a low price or you have always wanted to learn chess and are looking for a patient teacher, Virtual Chess 64 is as good as it gets.
Total! (Germany)
Das nur 32MBit große Modul vermag dem unerfahrenen Spieler ein nützliches Instrument zur Weiterbildung zu sein. Selbst gänzlich Unbedarfte könnten durch Virtual Chess 64 mit Begeisterung in die phantastische Welt der 64 Felder eintauchen und schöne Stunden an der Konsole verbringen. Betrachtet man Titus' Produkt nicht als wirklich ausgereiftes Schachprogramm für Könner, so stellt sich die Alternative zum Brettspiel als gelungenes Lernprogramm in guter optischer Qualität und mit sehr hoher Spielstärke dar. Interessierte dürften zugreifen.
All Game Guide
If you would rather practice using certain pieces or formations, an excellent edit mode will allow you to position pieces anywhere on the chessboard. There is also an option to save games in progress to the Controller Pak, with each file taking three pages of space. In short, Virtual Chess 64 is an extremely thorough chess program that will accommodate anyone even remotely interested in the game.
Ever since R2D2 and Chewbacca first played their first near-deadly game of holographic chess ("Let the wookie win"), it's seemed like a good idea to offer a chess simulation that comes equipped with 3D fighting sequences for the captures - and this did prove somewhat successful with Empire Interactive's Combat Chess for the PC. Unless the fighting actually occurs fully rendered using the same engine as the rest of the game, rather than as an annoyingly distracting cutscene, the novelty will always fade fast. Masters and novices alike will probably quickly strip Virtual Chess down to its clearer, more practical 2D mode after a minimum of laughs are achieved from the fights. Even in this mode, the game provides a great tool for fans of the "real thing" of any skill level.
Nintendo Power Magazine
If you want a good chess match, or if you want to learn to become a good chess player, Virtual Chess 64 can't be beat. If you're expecting a wild, animated battle and stunning 3-D, you won't find it here. The horrible battle scenes are just weird and the movement controls are too sensitive.