Today’s review of Epic Chess, from Crowned Crow, highlights a unique kind of title: One that doesn’t just attempt to come up with a new concept, but actually revolutionize an entire genre. Scratch that—reinvents an entire game.
You see, when most of us think about chess, we think about nerdy guys with glasses and pimples. It’s this stereotype that Epic Chess attempts to fight. The game introduces magic, new rules, new layouts, multiple arenas, and a whole lot more to keep you satisfied and coming back for more.
And if that sounds like something you could get in to, then scroll on down below the break to view our whole review! Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
The central idea behind Epic Chess is . . . well, chess. And if you’re not sure how the title from way (way) on back functions, then we suggest you peep the Wikipedia page. For the rest of you, we’re going to move forward with the understanding that pawns move a certain way, knights go another, etc.
So what does Epic Chess bring to the table? Honestly, a whole heaping helping of innovations. All of which are designed to take a game we’d normally call boring, and make it terribly exciting.
For instance, Epic Chess introduces several different game modes, all with special variations on the standard chess rules. There’s the ‘Traitor’ mode that’s a lot of fun, a system that turns all of your attacks into losses. If you strike down an enemy piece, the attacker becomes a turncoat. In this way, the game rewards you for taking down big ticket players with small pieces.
And that’s hardly the end of it! There’s a mode with live, magically-influenced pieces, as well as one that rewards you for getting rid of your pieces as quickly as possible. The list goes on and on, but to sum it up, Epic Chess is bringing the pain where innovation is concerned, and all within a safe, comfortable, and classic wrapper.
Graphics and Interface
Perhaps one of the single greatest things about Epic Chess is the fact that it looks as good as it does. Play it on any decently sized Android tablet, and you’ll enjoy sparkling graphics, multiple arenas with unique layouts, and a heaping helping of small touches designed to create the best possible atmosphere for your chess experience.
There’s also a certain amount of whimsy to the game that makes it that much more rewarding. This is not a chess game that takes itself seriously: This alone is a revelation within the genre, and we cannot applaud it enough.
We’ll sum Epic Chess up this way: The game is quirky, experimental, chock-full of things that work, as well as a few that don’t. But when you really boil it down, you’re paying $1.99 for one of the most incredibly innovative (and endlessly fun) titles available in the Google Play Store.
And if that’s not enough to get you downloading, there’s a free trial version as well, albeit with some limited functionality, but you will get the flavor of what we’re so excited about.
Epic Chess is a treat for both long-time chess fans and those who don’t know a queen from a pawn.
Epic Chess requires Android 2.3.2 and up. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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