Chinese Chess Master 2012 is an ingenious mini game to play Chinese chess (Xiangqi) for fun. It uses advanced AI algorithms to show versatile opening styles and strong midgame skills, and provides various levels and handicaps to increase the fun of playing Chinese chess.
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"WAY too hard.... needs serious AI work."
Version: Chinese Chess Master 2012
One of the few free Xiangqi games out there....
Played this for the first time on the default settings. The computer destroyed me. So I set it to the easiest mode: "Peabrain." The computer destroyed me again. So I set the computer handicap to give up 9 pieces. I still get destroyed every single time.
I'm not an idiot when it comes to gaming.... I've been playing games, both in the real world and on computers, for a good 25 years. I know how to play Xiangqi. Granted, I'm still a beginner, but I know the rules and have a grasp of the basic strategies. However, this game is bordering on impossibly hard, even on the easiest available settings. I don't know what they were thinking when they programmed the AI for this, but it is completely out of whack.
If you're just getting into Chinese Chess, this is not a good beginner's tool. It will just frustrate you immediately and crush any love or interest you have for the game. I would recommend just getting a real Xiangqi set (cheap ones are $5 on ebay), grabbing a friend and a pot of tea, and playing in the real world. It will be much more enjoyable.