Chess is the game of Kings and Emperors, and the ultimate tournament of champions. Bulud brings you this free to get Android app that allows you to enjoy the game played by millions of people around the world.
The Chess Free app has a friendly and clean interface with a minimalistic 2D design. I prefer this because it minimizes clutter and allows smooth movement for the player. The main play checkerboard is dark brown with light brown highlights. The grid is nicely spaced, and I give a thumbs up for the simple yet effective UI. There is a selection window where you choose your color and a settings window with a dark background. The graphics’ score deserve the mark 8 out of 10.
What Is It about?
The object of any chess game is to pit two players against each other to capture the opponent’s king and defend their own king. Minimalizing casualties and keeping your stronger pieces while dealing damage to the opponent will help you win the game. Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights and 8 pawns. The white pieces always start.
Chess is the ultimate game of strategy, and there is no defined way of starting; it all depends on your experience and skill level. You either win the game by checkmate or by the opponent resigning to a loss on their own volition. The game may also end in a draw. There are 15 levels moving from Novice to Master which is the hardest. You can also play the game in two player mode or human vs. AI mode. At the bottom of the checkerboard, you will see all the marked moves.
The controls are just as simple as tapping the boxes or pieces you want to play. Alternatively, you can drag-and-drop pieces. All other moves such as ‘castling’ also involve dragging and dropping. For a chess mobile game, the controls are quite convenient with no overkill.
The Google Android app is free to get but offers in-app purchases at around $2 an item. These remove ads and also unlock new levels; and with regular updates, you won’t experience crashes. The gameplay’s score is 7 out of 10.
To Replay or Not To Replay
As an experienced chess player, I think the game has low replay value because of how easy beating the AI is in Master Mode. It doesn’t reflect the reality of chess playing. I found it a bit disappointing that the creators didn’t put much thought into developing an actual working algorithm. The replay value is quite low – 5 out of 10.
Is It Good?
It’s a great game for any chess enthusiast to have on their Android phone. It’s a great pastime and it doesn’t freeze your phone too much. It almost seems like all the moves are pre-recorded as I just don’t get how you can beat a master AI chess opponent so easily with reckless moves. The app has great graphics and is also very easy on the phone. The Google Play app for Chess Free doesn’t crash or freeze like other chess games which is quite atypical. However, I have a problem with how easy the game is, which isn’t common in chess games. You easily beat the game even on high difficulty. The latest version offers a few bug fixes. I wouldn’t call this game a leader in chess mobile apps, but it is simple enough for anyone to enjoy.