Review – Chesscapade from Superscape (Pocket PC)

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CHECKMATE! That sound, even in the calm, thinking individuals analytical game of chess causes severe autonomic nerve action. Do you want to take this excitement to another level? What if we were able to increase your adrenalin in the game of chess by adding 3D dynamic characteristics and sound effects every time you capture an opponent s piece?

Welcome to the game of Chesscapade!

This dynamic Chess Game comes to you from The Superscape Group with its Swerve 3D content and technological solutions for the wireless gaming industry.

This is a very exciting 3D Chess Game, that features extensive use of animation and movement to visualize the battle between different pieces. This game also offers plenty of challenge by providing four different play modes to satisfy the wide range of players from the novice to the expert. Not only is it easily and conveniently transported via your Pocket PC device but also with its dynamic characteristics and sound effects this game ushers in whole new dimensions of excitement and rich entertainment to the Game of Chess.

The sound effects are definitely appropriate for the game, are presented with great clarity, and emphasize the visual effects that take place when a piece is captured.

The graphics offer vivid resolution, and the color, depth, and 3D perspective make this game elaborate and remarkable.

The game reacts well to the controls and a generous 3D Tutorial tool is available that demonstrates the rules of chess.

The installation was easy and complete.

Playback environment:
Dell Axim X5 Advanced

Pros:
[Henry] This game is offers great entertainment with its abundance of active graphics and wonderful sound effects. The game also offers various views to help you get in the perfect position to see your next move. The competition level is diverse enough to challenge any player. It is even available to go on-line and take part in real-time multi-player auto-matches over the network. If that is still not enough, the game allows you to play at the expert level, which is very difficult.

[Brian] The game graphics are very solid and the difficulty seems appropriate, even for a novice player like me. The movement of these pieces is defintely more interesting than any other “standard” chess game I’ve played. The game ran well on my test unit, an HP h2215.

Cons:
[Henry] For some the active graphics may add to much time to the match. However you do have the options of turning them off.

[Brian] While appropriate, the animations can get repetitive.

Bottom Line:
[Henry] $18 might seem steep, but if you like Chess and want to add some real zest to a wonderful match, this game is a definite winner. It is challenging and a heck of a lot of fun. It is like Chess meets the Mario Brother . No longer is the sound of Checkmate the only adrenalin raising sound in the Game of Chess.

[Brian] I recommend going with the trial first to make sure you like it. In the end I think most players will enjoy the gameplay and find the $18 a worthy investment, but some purists might be turned off.

Purchase Information:
Pick up a free trial or purchase for $18 from Handango [product link].

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