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Contributed by Patrick Bregger (85284) on Apr 25, 2010.
Chess will never seem the same again...
It's Light versus Dark in a fully animated chess spectacular.
Empire's Combat Chess is a masterpiece of computer visuals. Over 600 animation sequences and some of the most sophisticated real-time rendering effects ever seen on a home computer combine to bring alive the ancient game of chess as never before.
The game engine is a full 32-bit multitasking system designed by a Grandmaster, the current champion chess programmer and at its highest difficulty level (expert+) will stretch even the most experienced player to the limits of their game.
Inspired by fantasy imagery, Combat Chess boasts a professional, multitasking 32-bit chess engine written by the current champion chess programmer - so, if you like your chess at Grand Master level, you need not worry. Although if you do want a more human opponent, you can adjust the level of difficulty from Expert+ to Amateur, you can even force the engine to make mistakes!
Not only is Combat Chess a challenge for any wannabe Chess Master, its visual qualities really set it apart. With over 600 animation sequences using 32-bit alpha channelled graphics - enabling the pieces to appear semi-transparent with effects like glass, anti-aliased edges and shadows - it also features super scaling in real-time, an effect rarely seen outside professional art packages. Don't worry old-timers, you can still play in 2D or a basic 3D classic Staunton set if you can't stand the heat.
There are animation sequences for every turn, walk and fight combinations from all possible viewing directions, and the pieces even fidget! Lightning strikes flicker through the back windows with delayed thunder and other ambient noises adding to the atmosphere.
Each piece has its own unique personality and each side being the sum of its pieces is characteristically good or bad. The Light pieces are good, chivalrous and foolish, the Dark side is malevolent, brooding and evil. It’s more than chess; it’s a real life struggle that will draw you in and make you want to win!
Not only does it look amazing; Combat Chess also has incredibly atmospheric 16-bit sound effects, stereo according to the location of the sound source, and ambient sound effects. Also, there are optional drum tracks that interactively change to heighten the tension as each side runs out of time, even the clocks are animated at the back of the board.
Other features include tutorials, on-line help, special save game modes to allow other chess programs to read Empire’s Combat Chess files, and many more. As an Empire product, it has full multiplayer options - supporting network play by IPX, Internet, Modem and Serial connections.
Combat Chess is available now from the Empire Online Shop
Release Date: October 1997
Price: $39.95-(USA) £34.99-(Rest Of World)
Minimum System: P75 Processor, Windows 95, 16MB RAM, 1MB SVGA Graphics, 2X Speed CDROM, Windows compatible sound card.
Contributed by Jeanne (75626) on Jun 28, 2009.