Chess Pro is Serious Chess

Written iPhone Game App Review

Price: $3.99    Score: 7/10    By Shaun CampbellChess Pro

Chess Pro is all about serious chess. From developer 99Games, this game makes use of the open-source Sjeng GNU chess engine (v11.2). Chess Pro is for players who know what they’re doing and looking for a real challenge.

Chess Pro has a simple, intuitive and easy to use interface. You can drag and drop pieces, or use taps to select and move to the desired square. The 3D graphics aren’t astonishing, but the game also includes a nice, clean B&W 2D theme which is a bit more practical.

A notable feature in Chess Pro is “legal moves”, which can be toggled on/off in the options menu. It’s great for anyone needing a little bit of a refresh on the rules – tap on a chess piece and the squares that you can legally move that particular piece to are highlighted for you. There are also very handy undo and hint buttons along the bottom of the screen.

Chess Pro features three difficulty levels – easy, medium and hard. Be warned that easy is incredibly easy. I’m no Kasparov, and it still only took me three minutes to finish off the computer. As for medium and hard…well, I didn’t fare so well.

If you’re new to chess, 99Games also has a trimmed down version of the game available for 0.99c. It’s called Chess Lite and lacks some of the more advanced options (game variants, opening book, difficulty levels, 3D themes) that come with Chess Pro.

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