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Deeko (Dec 12, 2006)
The title is incredibly fun, offers up more Chess than you can shake a stick at and is amazingly sweet in the graphics and sound department. Do yourself a favor and play — you might not be the next Bobby Fischer, but hey, how many times has he been arrested?
GameSpy (Dec 08, 2006)
When I first heard about Online Chess Kingdoms, my immediate concern was about how development was going to manage squeezing the PSP-mandatory police chases and turbo-boost upgrades into the thing. This is a PSP title after all. Sure, some liberties were taken -- the addition of a backstory, a free-for-all mode, bishops with arm-mounted cannons -- but the overall integrity of the game has remained intact. So if you're jealous of your DS-toting friends walking around with those giant swollen craniums of theirs due to all of that brain-boosting gaming they're doing, do yourself a favor and give your own melon a workout with a healthy dose of classic chess.
GameZone (Dec 11, 2006)
If you’ve been dreaming of an interesting chess game to take on the go, Online Chess Kingdoms for the PSP might be right up your alley. Its Story mode and chess pieces at least give chessboard strategists something unique to look at and you can even play against others online. Chess fans will also find something of a challenge here so you will definitely want to play this game.
As neat and fun as the premise of this game sounds—having a storyline and some great graphics and design—it’s still just a chess game. It doesn’t reinvent chess nor is it an innovative hybrid such as Puzzle Quest. So to answer my own question: it doesn’t really provide anything different in gameplay. However, it does offer an alternate outlook on the game and why one would consider playing it. If I was new to chess, this would be the game I’d grab to be my starter, after I learned the basics of the game from an online search or something. But I’m no veteran either (translation: I pretty much suck) and though I had fun with the game, I got frustrated and bored quickly because I’m not a chess fanatic.
GameSpot (Jan 03, 2007)
Online Chess Kingdoms inherently has something going for it just by letting you play a competent version of chess on the PSP, once you get past all the fantasy weirdness. The online mode also works fairly well, though it's too bad the game hasn't reached a critical mass of players. In the end, Online Chess Kingdoms may even make you gain some appreciation for the underlying game, since this is proof positive that any efforts to make chess better or more exciting are simply unnecessary.
Next Level Gaming (Jan 26, 2007)
What this game adds in graphics is lost in the tactile experience of a real chess game. If you have ever played a similar game to this, like Battle Chess then you already have everything that this game will offer you and have nothing to gain from this title. On the other hand if you have only ever played standard chess games then you might get some enjoyment from this one. However, if you do not know how to play chess then steer clear of this one for you will never learn to play here.
IGN (Dec 07, 2006)
If one picks up a copy of Kingdoms expecting to find a revolutionized and less complicated version of the classic board game, then thou are in for a long night. The rules of the game are all the same just as they were when it was invented in the fifteenth century and the myriad of videogame incarnations it has taken since. Kingdoms does offer is a new visual style to this tried and true game of wits and strategy, but as mentioned above, it's not the first time this has been done.
Lawrence (Dec 29, 2006)
In the end Leviathan deserves a decent amount of kudos for trying something different with classic institution. While it is largely hit-or-miss (with an emphasis on miss) Online Chess Kingdoms at least stands out in comparison to other chess sims. It features a responsive online element and the faster pace of Battle Mode is entertaining. If you’re burnt out on your copy of Chessmaster from the mid-90s this is a worthy update.
45 (Feb 16, 2007)
Original, Online Chess Kingdoms l'est grâce à la mise en place de son histoire, qui vaut ce qu'elle vaut, on est d'accord. Malheureusement, le titre sombre rapidement dans l'ennui le plus total, la faute à un design à côté de ses pompes et une jouabilité franchement catastrophique. Dommage...