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What's cool about it:

  • Comprehensive tutorials for novice players
  • Fun, high-quality movement and combat animations
  • An attractive way to get young people hooked on chess and teach them the basics


Play with living, battling characters! Combat Chess takes the basic chess game and adds an imaginative element for players bored with the simple "black vs. white" chess board. Beautifully done in rendered 3D graphics, Combat Chess adds stunning animation sequences during gameplay. Combat Chess is written to Grand Master standards and supports play against human opponents.

Combat Chess includes 3D rendered pieces from a medieval setting with fantasy elements. Pawns become dragons, Knights become real knights, the Black Knight’s turning your pawns to green jelly, and the Queen’s threatening to deliver a majestic head-butt to your king. With over 600 animation sequences, each piece includes "fidget" sequences for those moments you need to think. The animations include movement, combat, fidgets, and "check" moves. For the traditional minded, Combat Chess includes a traditional set, also 3D rendered. Two boards come with the game, each assigned to the genre of pieces.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence, Comic Mischief.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.

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Fun... but the Novelty Wears Off...

Posted on 2009-04-12 19:07:50 byJonhMan's avatarJonhMan:

For anyone who hasn't played chess, it's a board game in which you try and corner the other player's king.
Now that we have that out of the way...
Combat Chess. It's chess... with animations. And the animations are quite amusing as well as the sounds that accompany them.
Pieces get cut apart as they are attacked and while they are idle they also move around giving them some more
The computer also provides a good challenge and it even allows you to tweak exact settings on what the computer can do including time it can take before moving and the amount of CPU power given to the computer while it is deciding its move.
But after the 6th or 7th game... the animation novelty wears off. You begin to realize that this is just a chess game... and a mediocre chess game at that.

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Interface disaster

Posted on 2009-08-21 16:01:41 byWho3D's avatarWho3D:

There might be a great game behind the highly amusing animations, but it's unlikely that I and my son will ever find it because the Windows-based interface is so INCREDIBLY limited. We are coming to this after LEGO Chess which, despite it's juvenile nature, is a far more pleasant experience. This game has obtrusive "panels" (information windows) all over the placeread more and feels clunkier than the older BattleChess.
I was hoping this would be "even better" than BattleChess - but it doesn't cut the mustard. very dissapointed indeed! :(

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They tried to do too much.

Posted on 2010-12-31 07:37:07 bySocratatus's avatarSocratatus:

It seems strange because everything about this chess game says it should be better than Battle Chess, yet, imho, it`s worse.
I think it`s because Battlechess kept it simple, while Combat chess got too overworked. They shouldn`t have so overdone the unit graphics which made it hard to tell one from another quickly. All they needed to do was add more varied animations for each takenread more piece (Battle Chess were way too few) and improve the Chess Player AI, maybe add a couple of extra table types and the ability to change unit colours from Red and Blue to say black and white.
Then it might`ve been a winner. maybe one day, someone will make a Battle Chess 2011.

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