Highly Disapointed. Where to begin? On the lower levels, the game is way to easy. On the higher levels, the computer will (not always) but often, make a completely unexpected move like move the King forward (early in the game) to cover the bishop, and then move the king back on its next move. It will even sometimes on its next movet decide to cover the same bishop again. Also early in the game, I capture the computers Queen with mine. My Queen is not covered. This is known as a Queen Trade. When I capture the computer's Queen, stading next to the computer's King, the King runs away? I used to teach Chess to kids as young as 4 years old; otherwise you'd hear me say, I have never seen that. On the highest level, the computer takes several minutes to make a move. When the 7th move was exceeding 10 minutes, I quit the game.
When you get into the different modes that it offers, it becomes kind of a joke. There are two options for combat Chess. IF you're good at Guitar Hero, you'll probably do well with the Duel part. When the arrow key lines up in the circle, press the arrow key. Do so successfully, and you'll begin to do damage to the piece you are fighting against. In some ways, this part was done well; but its not Chess. IF you are attacked, you can defend your square, and make the attacking piece retreat, and have its health reduced. When you go to capture a piece, win the combat and you get the square. Lose and you stay where you are. After about 4 games of this, I got good at it. Now, I can advance a pawn straight up the field, taking each square as I go, and stopping the computer pieces from harming me. I was able to Checkmate the king in 4 moves as I moved the Kings pawn straight up the field, put him in Check, and though the pawn wasnt covered by any piece, I beat the King in combat, and won the game.
The graphics I think are good, if not a little predictable and repetitive. You'll be sick of the repetitive battle music after 4 games, and the lack of additional "Chess Sets" is kind of disappointing. Thought the intrusive DRM problems that everyone was writing about were going to be a problem. Instead, after playing the game for about 2 days, I'm basically done with it. What else can I say, I'd look elsewhere for a decent game.