Let me start by stating that Kasparov Chessmate is not a chess game for people who are new to the classic tactical game. This is a game that is designed with chess players in mind and that is evident from the fact that the greatest chess player of all time, Garry Kasparov was deeply involved in this game.
Play Your Game
I have to start by saying that there is no actual tutorial in this game. I was made to play chess when I was a kid so after a little bit of fumbling, it all came back. However, if you are looking for a chess game that is going to teach you the basics and make you understand what the game is all about, Kasparov Chessmate I have to say is not really for you. This is a game that demands you already have a somewhat decent understanding of the way that chess is played.
Streamlined And Slick
If you were to watch gameplay footage of Kasparov Chessmate, you may think that it looks very barebones. Hey, I get that I really do. However, this is a chess game and a serious one at that. Not to mention it has the name Garry Kasparov tied to it so you are not going to get a lot of flash to this. This is a very serious take on the game of chess and in that regard, I feel that the more laid back and serious approach to the presentation is the right way to go. Still, on the flip side of this, I am sure some will find the presentation very boring.
Two Ways To Be The Master Of Chess
There are two single-player modes for you to enjoy in this game. The first mode is pretty basic, where you pick the skill level, timer and you can undo any mistakes that you make. This is a good way to just jump in, have some fun and test your chess skills in a more “controlled” way. The fact the game does have difficulty levels makes this mode ideal if you are like I was coming into this game and need your chess skills and knowledge to have a bit of a tune-up.
The other mode is the main single-player mode and that is The Kasparov Chess Club. In this mode you start off with one opponent and then must face off against a series of increasingly more skilled chess players before you become the grand champion. This mode is brutally tough and is for people who know what they are doing! There is also a local multiplayer option so you can play against a buddy if you want.
I think that Kasparov Chessmate is a very solid chess game. It does not bother with a lot of “flash” and instead gets by on being a solid chess sim. The fact that it is in part made by chess legend Garry Kasparov makes is a chess game that chess pros will certainly really enjoy.
- It is endorsed and partly developed by Garry Kasparov
- Two modes of play
- You can try and become the chess champion
- It is quick to get a game going
- You can play local co-op
- It is very barebones in every regard
- It is not going to “teach” you how to play chess
Processor: PC compatible, 64MB RAM 800x600 supporting millions of colors
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode Multiplayer (Hotseat)