Are you trying to take out the master of your local chess club? Are you looking to get better at chess so that you can get back at the kid in the local park? Are you interested in perfecting your strategy at one of the greatest games of all time? Are you interested in learning how to play chess from your iPhone or iPod Touch? If so, then the new game from 99Games is perfect for you.
Chess Pro is a new game which is basically a chess simulator on your iPhone. Playing either against the AI or against your best friend, you can play this classic game of strategy with ease and have fun. Using an advanced GNU chess engine, the game presents you with a very intelligent AI which should challenge even the best of players. Chess Pro costs $3.99, but, if you want to give it a test run, you can get Chess Lite for only $.99.
Hey look, a movie.
I would like to note that this video is not mine. The hints look at a long term strategy, which the maker of the movie does not seem to understand.
Chess Pro has several nice features that differentiate it from the vast majority of chess games on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The interface, which is nicely put together, and looks sweet, is one of the pluses. Navigation is smooth, and the application reacts perfectly to your every whim. While there is a little problem with moving your pieces, the game play normally is quite smooth. Yes, like the movie, I really liked the demo as well. It was smooth, and quite entertaining to see the traps as they were set up (without them being used against me). Developer 99Games seems to have spent a lot of time working on the actual interface to make sure that the game is polished, and they succeeded in their goal.
Another nice feature about Chess Pro is the actual game itself. The GNU Sjeng Chess Engine is absolutely amazing. While it is technically rated up 2750, it seemed as though it topped out at about 2000 on the hardest level. That, however, gave me a huge fight as I attempted to beat it. The AI on the expert levels is exceptionally smart, and it plans for the long term strategy. This, to me, is highly important in any chess game as it ensures a life-like player, instead of the normal AI. The hints that are given also work the same way, that is, they are more long-term then short-term. It is obvious that the EXPERT level of Chess Pro was designed to challenge you as though you were playing a real person.