Summary: I liked this game at first. It has a few different options for difficulty level. I started on easy and found it challenging. I got to the point where I could win 2 out of 3 games, but then i got bored because you can only play as White. Also, the computer plays the Center Counter (Scandinavian Defense) every time. It would be nice to learn how to play against some other openings and to play against the computer as Black.
Summary: Ok, already had a basic understanding of chess. I bought this hoping it would help develop my skills as I am a complete beginner for the most part (I know all the rules, pieces, etc but developing strategy has always been hard in this game for me). Anyway, this game starts off fine.... the tutorials are nice for learning the pieces and how they move. This was a nice brush up. The tutorial is great if you've never ever played before and don't know squat about chess.
Summary: My husband and I bought a chess set, and trying to learn how to play it with just a regular set wasn't really working out. I saw this game on goldbox and figured it would be a great way to learn such a complex game. At first, I thought it was going really well. There are good descriptions of what each piece does and a few exercises to practice with each piece. The problem, and the reason for such a low rating, is in the tutorial set-up for some end-game moves.
Summary: bought this for the family, including my 6 1/2 year old son (note the cover says for 6 and up). There are no hints and no way to get out of an exercise if you don't know how to complete it. E.g., capture the king with 2 pawns. Via the tutorial I (not a child) could complete the 1st of the 3 exercises required to move on to the next exercise, but neither I nor my husband could figure out to complete the 3rd exercise. There is no way out.