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Battle Chess
Publisher: Electronic Arts     Developer: Interplay
Year of release: 1988

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Genres : Link-Up / Strategy

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Karen wrote ...2006-05-01 00:38:43
PS The other good thing I've just remembered is that you could alter your pieces before a game - I recall once playing with 8 queens instead of pawns! Hardly fair on my poor ST!
Karen wrote ...2006-05-01 00:37:44
I played this one a lot - my mum bought me it for a birthday or Christmas - even though it cost me 28 quid!!! Why oh why were these games so expensive in the late 80s?! It was great though, evem though I remember the queen getting eaten by the rook scaring me slightly! And the sounds were good too, particularly when the bishop used to shuffle across the board.
ZZip wrote ...2004-02-12 17:18:11
I was hoping for a 3D Archon, but it was just chess with animated kills. Some were quite amusing though.
Bloodstone2k wrote ...2003-01-26 18:06:18
Best Kill Move: When one of the kings pulls bomb out of his cloak and bats it over to the opponent with his scepter. The loadtime and the slowdown from the animations really hindered the game, but it was a great concept!
David Vaughan wrote ...2002-11-16 01:37:53
Battle Chess can be found on Automation compact disk 278.
Flip Martian wrote ...2002-08-13 08:12:13
Saw this on a pc and bought the ST version when it came out - the animations really DID slow down the gameplay - each one loaded in from disk. Best chess I've ever played even though I never beat the computer...!
David Vaughan wrote ...2002-01-24 22:23:23
This was the very first chess game I saw on the Atari ST when I was six. The way how the pieces move are pretty neat. I like it when I hear the pieces say "uuugghhh!" and "ooooh!" They sound funny. At that time, I didn't know how to play chess. I learned how to play chess by seeing the different ways the pieces can move and what the object was by just watching the computer make his moves. This is a pretty fun chess game to play but it's very hard to win against the computer.
Mark Ashford wrote ...2001-11-06 06:02:47
At the time, this game was unique. Unlike normal chess games, your pieces were animated and when you took an opposing piece, they would fight for the square. The fights are well animated and some are quite funny, especially the rooks who look like huge golems and tend to eat most of the oppostion! Unfortunately these animations really slow down the game and do tend to get a bit repetitive. You can turn them off and play a normal game of chess, but that's not really the point, is it? Still, it plays quite a good game and is pretty good fun, especially for two players.