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  • genre strategy / turn-based / chess
  • download size 29 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 496 user ratings.
  • release date June 1, 1994
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Interplay / Interplay
  • game modes single-player, multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 3 manuals
  • 7 gameplay movies
  • 2 avatars

What's cool about it:

  • Includes the original Battle Chess, Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess and Battle Chess 4000
  • Amusing chess piece animations
  • A challenging AI with over 30,000 moves


The most challenging game on Earth comes to life in Battle Chess. An entire medieval world at war is reflected on the checkered field.

Everyone who's ever had a knight take a pawn, has seen that capture as more than one piece replacing another on the board. In players' minds, the bold knight, resplendent in his armor of silver or ebon, sallies forth and slays the foul foot soldier. Combat, mortal combat, lies in the heart and soul of chess, but this aspect of it could only live in the mind's eye – until now!

The Battle Chess Special Edition contains three different games, each with it's own unique gameplay, so you can experience the mortal combat thrill of chess more intensely than you ever imagined! Chess is no longer an abstract mental exercise. It is an entertainment that will prove the words of the famous Oriental Philosopher Chef Kung Pao who said - "War is fun!"

It took 2000 years for someone to make chess better!

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+, Memory: 1GB of RAM, Graphics: 64MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

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Posted on 2008-10-15 16:56:59 byantihippie's avatarantihippie:

Battle Chess: It's chess, with graphic violence.
Yeah it's great to see one knight dismember another, and yeah it's extremely satisfying to watch your opponent's king get offed. If you never got into chess though, graphic violence is probably not going to sell you on it. If chess is your bag, then this is going to be a fun diversion. Of course, if you're a chess shark, you'llread more probably find yourself skipping a lot of the animations to get the game up to the speed you're used to anyway, and you'd probably be better off with a game like Chess Master that has more sophisticated strategies built in.

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Excellent feeling

Posted on 2009-03-27 08:21:13 byGregorius's avatarGregorius:

I remember loading this game again and again down in our basement on our 286 PC. I just loved the animated figures as a kid. It was only a couple of years later I figured how to play chess well. The first couple of ten times we were just trying to get each piece battled with a different other one to see all the animations. For professional chess playing the game could be somewhat frustrating but as pure entertainment it is a really good value.

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Battle chess series

Posted on 2008-10-17 12:46:32 byPowerke's avatarPowerke:

Battle chess is an awesome game ...but you have to understand and like chess.
The way the pieces battle it out on the board is funny and entertaining.
Battle Chess gets a 4/5 stars from me.

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