Chess is one of the most interesting board games and it helps you exercise your brain far more than any other game in the category. You need to not just think about your own strategies but what your opponent would do next in order to do well in the game. It really helps you polish your skills of observation and analysis and improves your ability to find innovative solutions out of tight spots. Chess for Android offers different grades of competition in order to help you hone your skills in the game and beat the best there is as far as AI is concerned. While people may have had to look for a proper game set to get on with a game of chess in the bygone days, all you need is your phone now to play Android chess.
There is a classical feel to the board game when you start playing Chess for Android. The game offers a number of types of options for you to play. It all depends on your confidence in your game and whether you are starting out as a chess player or consider yourself an accomplished chess master. There are 10 levels of competition offered. Each level comes with its limit for the engine to make its moves. You won't be limited by time during these levels though. You can take your time but the engine would make its decision within the set time frame for the game. This normally means that when the engine has lesser time to make a decision, it is easier to play the game while as the engine starts to ponder and look at different possibilities, it becomes more difficult to win the game against the AI.
There is also a time control mode where both the players are bound by time. In this mode, you can decide on the number of moves till which the time control would be present, the thinking time provided for each player between the moves and the time increment which would be allowed per move. If you want your analysis skills to sharpen up and want yourself to become quicker at analyzing everything, time control mode would be your best bet with Android chess. There is also the option of free play where you can control both the sides. This is often the best way to play against a human opponent as both the players can play on the same phone. It's disappointing that Chess for Android doesn't offer a multiplayer option where you can find a player online to play against but still if you want to have a game of chess with your friend, you can easily do it on the phone.
There are customization options available as well in the game in order to provide you with the chance to change the look and feel of the board. You can change the board color, change the type of pieces on display etc. This is good especially if you have your eye set with a particular kind of chess board and chess pieces, you would find it a bit difficult to get going with a different piece set and board. The game also offers you the option of spoken moves in case you are too tired to use your hands for the purpose. You can undo all the moves at will and while this may be considered cheating against the AI, you can easily learn the game better by going over your moves and seeing where you did anything wrong. The game also offers a fine move coach so as to let you know all the options you have with each chess piece.
- Simple user interface
- Good customization options regarding chess board and chess pieces
- Varying levels of competition to cater for everybody's needs
- Nice move coach to help novices understand the options for each chess piece
Chess for Android is a fine chess game where you will find all levels of competition thrown at you. Whether you are a novice or an established chess player, this version of android chess will help you sharpen up your mind very well.