Written by  :  zorkman (197)
Written on  :  Aug 20, 2015
Platform  :  Apple II
Rating  :  3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

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Early Chess Game

The Good

The first thing that impressed me about this chess game was the ease of use, & clear display, which was good for an early game of this period. To play it is important to have a copy of the manual handy, as there are a couple of commands that are not obvious without it. There are 8 levels available, with the first two very easy, & I managed to beat level 4 after a bit, although I am not renowned for my great chess skills. The graphics, although black/white are clear, & it is easy to see what the pieces are.

The Bad

If you haven't got a manual handy you could be in trouble, as for some reason the default is on level 8, & if you don't know how to change it, you have the impression the game is really hard. I would also have liked a replay a go command, as there was a couple of times I moved without meaning to do so, & there was no way back.

The Bottom Line

There is no real reason to play ancient board games, unless obscure, due to the amount of free modern versions, but if you do for nostalgia sake & are looking for an early Apple II example, this is as good as any. Choice of levels, clear graphics & display, & easy to pick up and play, make this a good choice. The author 'Peter Jennings' made this version available for a variety of early machines in the late 70's, which were well respected at the time. Nice to play.