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This program doesn't have the bells and whistles that a product like Lego Chess has, but it is comprehensive and enjoyable. There are plenty of programs that provide chess play opportunities, and this one is not necessarily superior for the Play mode itself, but the Learn and Puzzle modes are excellent. Older kids who know how to play the game may not be as pleased with Chess Mates. My 11 year-old relative complained that it took too long for the computer opponent to make a move. However, it simulates a real chess game more closely this way and gives less experienced kids an opportunity to take everything in. The difficulty levels are great — level 10 is quite challenging, surprising this same 11 year old.
My overall impression of this program was very favorable. It has the right chemistry combination of humor, animation, fun and educational gameplay to have someone take more than a casual look at it. It has enough of the right stuff that make good games into great games. Well worth the investment to purchase it.