Fidelity Ultimate Chess
MANUFACTURER:Telegames PLAYERS: 2 STEREO: No RATING: 7 (6.2)
TYPE: Chess COMLYNX: No BLINK: No
WHAT: Classic no-frills chess
HOW :The traditional chess board can viewed either from overhead (2D) or
from an angle (3D).While the 3D view is a nice feature,it is often hard to
properly distinguish pieces. Play can either be against the computer or a
human opponent, but not through a Comlynx cable - the unit must be handed
back and forth. The computer appears to play a solid game,compar- able to
many 6502 based dedicated chess sets. It seems to have a library of several
openings, but they must be played through; as there is no option to start a
game at a given move. A colored square selects a piece to be placed, and
the player then moves to the desired destination and pushes a button to
make the move.The computer signals its own moves in the same manner.
Various difficulties can be selected.
SOAPBOX: I'm no good at chess. I know how to move the pieces around.
Consequently Chess Challenge beats the pants off me every time; I think
I've come close once. I did at one point match it against various levels of
a dedicated chess set and it played well. A big annoyance is the wait after
the computer signals a move,which is totally unnecessary and can't be
skipped. Also desireable would be a Comlynx feature. This game has special
programming to prevent Lynx auto-shutdown from loosing a match. I just wish
they would get with it on the pause issue.