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Although action/adventure flicks like the Star Wars Trilogy seem like action-only video games, this CD provides a fun way to play chess. Chess purists and Star Wars purists will enjoy this one. Most impressive!
Overall, the game is somewhat enjoyable, simply because it's chess. Giving it the Star Wars theme gives it some good appeal, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this game, unless you're a huge Star Wars fan or president of your school's chess club. While the slowdown is usually tolerable, it's pretty hard to overlook the game's poor programming when it's apparent during almost every moment you're playing. You're better off saving your money and just watching the cut scenes on YouTube while playing chess on a Tandy computer instead.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
This game is kind of dumb. Even if you do like chess. Everytime you make a move there's an animated fight between the two pieces (ex. Leia and Stormtrooper). But it looks bad.
Just Games Retro
I admit, I rolled my eyes when I saw this game existed. It seemed like a cash-in at its worst, and a sad change of direction for Software Toolworks. After playing it, I still think it's a cash-in, but the production values are nice and this is a decent game for anyone who is excited about the concept. The battle animations are pure gimmick, but they actually do encourage replayablity or different tactics just to see all the possible outcomes. The game overall even manages to be more exciting and fun that just plain vanilla chess. It's still a fairly silly idea though, and if you're not interested in Star Wars Chess, you won't be missing anything. If you are, this game might turn out a little better than you expected.
The Video Game Critic
The chess aspect itself is pretty good. There are loads of options, including helpful hints and the ever-popular "switch sides" option (comes in handy for me). The CPU player is intelligent and doesn't require an inordinate amount of time to execute a move. Although the default view is a bit cluttered (making it hard to see the empty spaces), an overhead view (with traditional chess pieces) is also available. Star Wars Chess is mainly a novelty item, but even if you don't like chess, you can always sit back and watch the computer play itself.