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Chess & Backgammon

Complementary Classics.

License / Price:
Shareware / $4.99
Last Updated:
2010-05-25
Operating System:
Mac OS X
Publisher:
Gameloft

Description of Chess & Backgammon

Chess & Backgammon Classics feature competition against computer-controlled or human players, multiple levels of difficulty, static 2D or rotating 3D board views, various visual themes to choose from, and more. Each game also tracks your historical Statistics, so you could wow those soldiers — or your friends, if you can’t find a Time machine — with examples of your prowess.

Checkmate
When you select Chess Classics, you’ll also have the option of entering quiz mode or viewing classic matches, complete with commentary. Quiz mode presents you with 10 puzzles to solve, such as figuring out the correct move that will result in checkmate; your score depends on how quickly you determined the right answer.

The classic matches include such well-known battles as the split match between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov during the 1990 World Championship. You progress forward and backward through each contest one move at a time, with commentary appearing at key Moments when the tenor of the action changed. You can even view a match played between early chess master Gioachino Greco and an unknown opponent during the 1600s.

The classic match commentary will help most chess players improve their games, but if you’re really inexperienced, you can also ask the computer for advice during a match. In addition to nine difficulty settings between “monkey” and “master,” you can give the computer one second, five seconds, or all the time it wants before determining a move. The faster it must make a decision, the greater the chance it will err.

The Priming Game
When you switch to Backgammon Classics, which you can do without quitting and reloading the game, you can opt to run through a tutorial, if you’re unfamiliar with the rules. You also have the choice of playing a quick game or a tournament against a computer-controlled opponent, in addition to the ability to take on a friend by passing your iPod back and forth.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
Platform: N/A

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