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Chess Ultra Reviews (Nintendo Switch)

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Digitally Downloaded (Nov 08, 2017)
Obviously the Switch loses the neat, but ultimately gimmicky PlayStation VR mode with Chess Ultra. What it replaces it with is a far superior featureset, though; cross platform play with anything but Sony’s console, as well as that really neat local multiplayer mode that turns the Switch into an impromptu board. That is so much more convenient than lugging a chess board down to your local café, park, or pub for a lazy afternoon of chess with friends.
Worth Playing (Jan 03, 2018)
Chess Ultra is a great chess game and a welcome addition to the Switch's digital library of titles. Its in-depth tutorial offers a useful starting point for those new to the sport, while challenges, AI difficulties, and customizable matches ensure that established players have the tools needed to improve their game in a variety of formats. While the lack of a real-time filter for matchmaking is a bummer, Chess Ultra more than justifies its budget price tag of $12.50. Whether you are a grandmaster or a complete novice, Chess Ultra is a worthy entry into the world of virtual chess.
NintendoWorldReport (Nov 08, 2017)
Chess Ultra makes a terrific first impression with its strong visual presentation and continues to dazzle throughout. What resonated with me the most was just how accessible it is to players of all skill levels. For newcomers, tutorials and novice level computers help to ease you into the game. And for veterans, challenge modes and difficulty up to Grandmaster will certainly be a test of your skill. While I found some set pieces to be unusable and wish there was an online option for a continuous game, these were merely minor complaints in an otherwise outstanding offering from developer Ripstone.
Nintendo Life (Nov 03, 2017)
Chess Ultra is a welcome arrival on the Nintendo Switch; it's a visual treat, while also soothing you with pleasant music as you engage in a tough match. There are plenty of options and variety for online and offline matches, with the former being particularly enjoyable if you're able to get into a real-time contest. With Tournament play and some well constructed Challenges on board, along with Tutorials for newcomers, it ticks most boxes. It's another checkmate for the Switch eShop.
75 (Nov 03, 2017)
Chess Ultra bietet unglaublich viel: Ein Einzelspieler-Modus gegen den Computer mit zehn verschiedenen Schwierigkeitsstufen zusammen mit einem ELO-System. Dann gibt’s noch die Online-Turniere mit bis zu 32 Teilnehmern bei eigenen Veranstaltungen und 128 bei offiziellen sowie Cross Play gegen andere Spieler auf anderen Konsolen und dem PC. Außerdem darf man nicht die Herausforderungen vergessen, die in zehn historische und 70 normale Aufstellungen eingeteilt sind. Zum Schluss gibt’s noch die Tutorials, die jedem Neuling Basiswissen, aber auch einige Eröffnungen und Mittelspiele anbietet. Wem dieser Titel seine 12,49 Euro wert ist, muss am Ende jeder selbst entscheiden. Aber für Schachspieler und für die, die es werden wollen, bietet das der Titel alles was das Herz begehrt. Einzig die Fehlerchen hier und da in Grafik und Menüführung trüben das Bild eines perfekten Schachspiels für Nintendo Switch, sind aber sehr vernachlässigbar.
Switch Player (Nov 16, 2017)
It would be hard to make a bad chess game, but it's not easy to make a beautiful one and that's what Ripstone have achieved with Ultra Chess. It's priced reasonably, plays and looks fantastic and if you are a strategy or chess-afficiando then it's a no-brainer. Unlike some of the matches you might play...