is a game of the mind and love it or hate it, you must respect the fact that it
has been around for thousands of years. Let's be honest, Tomb Raider and Tekken
will not be played in 200 years time, but you can bet your bottom dollar that
chess will still be around.
If you do not understand the rules,
strategies and tactics that make Chess so compelling then I recommend that you
buy a book before attempting ChessMaster 3D as the game assumes the player has a
degree of knowledge before you begin (although novices may be helped through
their first games by the illumination of possible squares that the piece may be
There are 6 chess sets to select and a variety of 3D views
from which to play them. The chess pieces appear in their traditional form,
modern geometric shapes, modern art deco, mechanical car components, celestial
form or a simple alphabet style with a 'p' for pawn and a 'q' for queen, etc.
The game can be viewed from every imaginable angle or a top down 2D traditional
There are 12 skill levels that take the form of a profile
from a selection of odd looking characters, from the cute looking Sarah to the
ChessMaster himself who looks like God, so there should be a challenge there for
everyone from a novice to a budding Kasparov.