There are many chess apps and engines, both for playing against an AI and for assisting real players. This one named simply Chess is one of the most pleasant and easy to use, with adjustable difficulty and a two-player mode.
The App to Learn Chess
While it’s easy to find a chess app when you’re a good player, it’s harder for the beginners. Luckily, this one by Chess Prince is well made just for those who have just started their chess exploration. It’s easy to figure out, and the complete rules are explained in the description on the app’s page on Google Play.
There are two features the beginners will appreciate. The first is the Undo button. If you see that you have made a mistake, you can just undo this move. The second is Helper; as you tap the piece, it shows green dots where you can move it. The impossible moves are really impossible: the app just won’t let you position a piece wrong or make a move when it’s your opponent’s turn. These options can be used regardless of whether you’re playing against an AI or versus another player.
Levels May Vary
When you are alone, the app lets you play against an AI. It takes victory on the current level to unlock the next one. Though the easiest levels leave the impression that the opponent makes its moves randomly, even the Middle level starts to make you think already. There is a strategy, and the AI can make up plans you may miss.
There are ten difficulty levels you can unlock one by one. There is a “cheating” option; if you see your previous move (or several) as mistaken, you can cancel them and rewind the game, and then start anew. But when you do it, in this game you cannot unlock the next level if you win. Only a fair victory counts. Alas, when you have reached a certain level, you cannot save your progress in the cloud; you better backup the game not to lose the progress.
A Digital Chessboard
Playing versus an AI might be fun, but it’s more fun to play against a human opponent. The app offers a two-player mode, so you can use it as just a virtual chessboard. It’s still enough to tap the piece you want to move and then the tile you want to move it to.
When it comes to visuals, there are 3D and 2D view options. To adjust the colors, you can select one of the seven themes. The difference is very slight, though. The pieces look just the same; the only thing changing is the colors of the board and the table under it.
The app shows ads, though you can turn them off for $3.99. They aren’t annoying much, though. You may consider them a necessary break between games to give your brain some rest.
- Good adjustable AI with ten levels;
- Two-player mode;
- Hints and the undo button;
- Low system requirements and little space needed;
- An ad-supported version is free.
- The visuals could have been better;
- No cloud support.