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KChess Elite

Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

Though not the king of the chess world, this program does have a handful of decent features that should entertain the average chess buff. During testing, the design of KChess Elite was a topic of much conversation and some confusion. The program interface is based on a series of very drab, gray windows which clash markedly with other, more flamboyant icons and buttons. The collection of gameboards included is varied, but many of the pieces in each design are very small and hard to distinguish. Audio options are a mixed bag. To start, KChess Elite narrates each move audibly. Although this could have been a interesting feature, especially for beginning players, the audio files hiss, and after a while we had to turn the audio off. Some positive aspects will benefit newbie chess fans. We liked that during a game, a player can opt to highlight or identify pieces that might be in jeopardy. You can play against the computer or an opponent, but not over a LAN connection or online. Also, we would have liked to see a more robust help file, perhaps with a few lesson games or tips and tricks for players to improve skills. Overall, most experienced chess players should enjoy KChess Elite, but design flaws and limited features keep this game from the top of the list.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

Though not the king of the chess world, this program does have a handful of decent features that should entertain the average chess buff. During testing, the design of KChess Elite was a topic of much conversation and some confusion. The program interface is based on a series of very drab, gray windows which clash markedly with other, more flamboyant icons and buttons. The collection of gameboards included is varied, but many of the pieces in each design are very small and hard to distinguish. Audio options are a mixed bag. To start, KChess Elite narrates each move audibly. Although this could have been a interesting feature, especially for beginning players, the audio files hiss, and after a while we had to turn the audio off. Some positive aspects will benefit newbie chess fans. We liked that during a game, a player can opt to highlight or identify pieces that might be in jeopardy. You can play against the computer or an opponent, but not over a LAN connection or online. Also, we would have liked to see a more robust help file, perhaps with a few lesson games or tips and tricks for players to improve skills. Overall, most experienced chess players should enjoy KChess Elite, but design flaws and limited features keep this game from the top of the list.
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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Ark Angles
Publisher web site http://www.arkangles.com/
Release Date April 20, 2000
Date Added April 20, 2000
Version 4.0

Category

Category Games
Subcategory Strategy Games

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/NT/Me/2000/XP

Download Information

File Size 2.37MB
File Name kchess_elite_4.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,172,691
Downloads Last Week 2

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $30
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