Summary: Exercising your mind and your fingers, Online Chess Kingdoms updates the original “brain game” and brings the classic game of chess to the PSP in an entirely new format. The title introduces new modes of play, detailed fantasy graphics and groundbreaking infrastructure support in which players battle for control in a persistent online world.
Excerpt: Online Chess Kingdoms takes traditional chess and blends it with a fantasy world. Add in some online multiplayer, and Online Chess Kingdoms definitely sounds like a game that chess fans will be eager to play. Long ago, the God-like Phrenos created the universe from five different forces. He sculpted reality from Chaos, Magic, Order, and Reason, and with Spirit, he brought life to his great creation. For many years, the universe existed like this, in a perfect balance.
Excerpt: I had some anticipation over this game, probably held over from my initial flashback to that "battle chess" scene from the first Star Wars movie. You wouldn't be wrong to come expecting something like that cool vision from decades past. Was George Lucas cool, or what? Trying to realize a living chessboard was easier on film than in the gaming world, judging by the lack of interesting chess videogames over the years.
Excerpt: Vicious Cycle and Infinite Interactive took a Bejeweled hybrid game and combined it with an RPG experience to make a masterpiece known as Puzzle Quest. In the same vein, Konami (developed by Leviathan Games) took the age-old game of chess and created something along the same line, though calling it a masterpiece is a large stretch. This isn't your gentleman's game of yore.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Chess has got to be one of the oldest board games in history – right up there with Snakes n Ladders. But seriously, a game of chess requires concentration, skill, planning, and strategy. That pretty much all goes out the window when playing Online Chess Kingdoms for the PSP. Though the game does a valiant attempt to make the game of chess accessible to everyone, it ultimately is nothing more than just another chess game.
Excerpt: The game of chess dates back to ancient times, and seeing as how it's still widely played around the world in its traditional form, this seems like a good indication that no additions, improvements, spin-offs, sequels, or other departures are necessary. Nevertheless, here comes Online Chess Kingdoms, a PlayStation Portable game whose title pretty much says it all. The first two words may well be intriguing to you.
Pros: It lets you play regular chess against human opponents or the computer, Multiple difficulties should give beginning to intermediate players a challenge
Cons: Generic fantasy trappings and real-time mode don't add much to the game, Online lobby system doesn't let you quickly and easily find an opponent, 3D graphics can be distracting
Excerpt: Online Chess Kingdoms for the PSP is by no means a blow-you-away hit title, but it does an exceptional job at giving chess enthusiasts an arena to flex their mental muscle. It offers a few different modes of play, with a handful of adornments to make the the classic game of war a little more interesting. As the name might suggest, the major selling point of Online Chess Kingdoms is its online competitive play. Making it even more unique is the way this online mode works.
Summary: Online Chess Kingdoms ist etwas für Gelegenheits-Schachspieler und wird im schwierigsten Modus wohl kaum eine Herausforderung für Experten sein. Für Anfänger hingegen ist gerade der niedrigste Schwierigkeitsgrad eine gute Möglichkeit, das Schach spielen zu erlernen ohne großen Frustfaktor. Eine Kampagne zieht sich allerdings ziemlich lang hin. Fazit: Für zwischendurch ganz unterhaltsam, aber letztendlich nur etwas für diejenigen, die sich mit Schach beschäftigen.
Excerpt: Les jeux d'échecs sont plutôt une denrée rare sur PSP, c'est pourquoi l'arrivée de Online Chess Kingdoms ne devrait pas passer inaperçue parmi les férus de tours, de fous et de cavaliers. A l'image du mythique Battle Chess, Konami nous propose ici un échiquier théâtre de guerres terribles entre différents royaumes pour un résultat surprenant... d'ennui.