Really Bad Chess Review
Posted: 12 days ago.
Play involves taking on different scenarios using the standard chess moves. The pieces start in different places each time, and you have a different collection to work with. The result is a surprisingly engaging puzzle game.
You will take on a range of weaker opponents and this will be much easier than trying to play the proper game. But as the opponents and scenarios get harder, real joy in chess emerges. It's an approach that levels the playing field for newcomers and experts and is an excellent first step for children.
There's a daily challenge that lets you take on higher-ranked board setups. There are also leader boards that you can climb as you complete different levels.
Really Bad Chess makes hugely unconventional choices about reinventing the game of chess. In doing so, it not only makes it accessible but does away with the stuffiness, memorisation and openings that can put so many people off the classic game. It's a bit bonkers, and because of that it clearly isn't a replacement for the real thing -- but it is a lot of fun.
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds
Release Date: 13/10/2016, updated in 2017
Platforms: Android, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based
Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 6-12 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The simple rule-flip approach to chess opens it to very young children, who can (if they want) graduate into the traditional more static game of chess.
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