Summary: `Chessmaster' for the DS is a good, but pretty basic, chess game with the bonus of various additional features. With this you get a quick game mode, a rated chess game mode, mini games and chess puzzles. The mini games allow you to play non-chess games with the various chess pieces so that you get a greater understanding of the way they move and the various strengths and weaknesses of each piece.
Summary: Basics: You play against the Chessmaster or up to 23 weaker versions of it. Only basic time controls of minutes per game or second per move or unlimited time are offered. It has a tutorial that covers rules, piece movement and some basic tactics(like double-attacks, pins, skewers etc). It has six mini-games of 20 levels each that are intended to help teach basic chess thinking techniques.
Summary: This is a good title for the value. There is a lot of gameplay to be had and it is nice playing against seemingly realistic people complete with photos. The music isn't totally annoying either which is a plus because I've had to play games with truly annoying music that you can't turn off. What is lacking? Obviously wi-fi capabilities, however, if they added it it would increase the price I'm sure. Also, the board and pieces are really boring.
Summary: I bought this game for my DS about a month ago because it was (and is) the ONLY chess game available for the DS. Amazon is giving out a bad product description though, because there is NO 900 game annotated database. What is available though is a decent enough chess game with multiple (if recycled) Chessmaster "personalities" to play against.
Summary: I like chessmaster in general, and was looking forward to this game for the DS. Unfortunately, it didn't have the library of classic games that I saw advertised in places, nor are there any advanced teaching lessons. Other reviews go more in depth about some of the shortcomings (seriously... no over-the-internet play??), but there are also some other bothersome design choices. One example is that you have to choose your language every time you start the game.
Finally, a full chess game for the DS. But it's lacking...
T. Lockridge, Amazon
25 October 2007
Summary: First, before you buy, please note that Chessmaster for the DS *does not* have wifi capabilities. Meaning, if you want to play your friend, he/she will need to be in the same room as you. This is likely the game's biggest flaw, and I'm really surprised that Ubisoft managed to omit wifi play--it's a huge missed opportunity. There's a lot to like in this game, but it's largely geared toward beginning players. The tutorial is fairly shallow, and the mini-games are gimmicky.
Excerpt: Hola amigos Hoy os voy a hablar del Chessmaster: The art of learning, juego que he probado recientemente. Para quien no lo sepa, se trata de un juego de ajedrez, por lo que si no te gusta este juego de mesa, obviamente tampoco te va a gustar este juego para la Nintendo Ds. La verdad es que yo no soy un gran entendido en ajedrez, pero aún así pude sacarle buen partido a este juego, ya que se adapta perfectamente a todo tipo de usuarios, con un nivel de dificultad muy bien...