InCube Chess Mobile: iPhone App Written and Video Review
We really like chess. We’ve been playing it since we were kids, and to this day there’s still nothing we like more than challenging people on the street. Okay, so maybe we aren’t quite that butch about it, but after spending one healthy amount of time with InCube Chess Mobile by developer InCube Games, we certainly feel like doing it! The app is a near perfect representation of the cube chess concept on the iPad, complete with colored markers, challenging computer opponents, and enough time soaking potential to choke an hors. All in all, it’s a bloody marvelous bargain, especially for the dedicated chess enthusiast. For our full review, skip on down below the break!
Concept and Gameplay
We won’t even dare to begin to explain the rules of chess to you. There are much better places to learn, and as such, we’re simply going to assume that you and the master-class puzzler are acquainted. However, you may not yet know about cube chess, which is what InCube Chess Mobile brings to the picture: The idea is relatively simple. What if we took a chess board and expanded it into three dimensions? Now, you can move your pieces up, down, left, right, and sideways in all three directions. It’s a brilliant twist, and one that adds even more complexity to an already complex game.
Things can get out of hand quickly though, which is a problem InCube Chess Mobile has worked hard to avoid. The app uses colored dots to display where each of your pieces can move, as well as where they can capture and where they cannot move to without being capture themselves. This simplifies things a lot, and we couldn’t live without it. It also helps the newbie to learn, and to become comfortable with the 3D chess board itself.
Design and Layout
All in all, we found the design of InCube Chess Mobile to be absolutely flawless. Sure, the board itself is a bit hard to get an angle on (pardon the pun) but with a little practice and patience the views opened right up to us. As mentioned, we loved the colored dots, but we also greatly appreciated the various AI difficulty settings. The highest setting is really quite hard, while the easy is comfortably challenging. And, of course, you can also swap off after each turn for some handy local multiplayer.
Cube chess is one of the joys of our puzzling life. As such, we can’t help but recommend InCube Chess Mobile. The game’s four dollar price tag in the App Store is a bit high, but for that money you’ll be getting simply the best variant of the gaming style we’ve seen anywhere on the market. And for that, we would gladly pay four dollars and then some.
InCube Chess Mobile requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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