Pure Chess Review
A fantastic chess game
Chess may be one and half thousand years old but Pure Chess is a beautiful modern take on the game.
Featuring lots of single player modes, extensive tutorials, a play by mail online mode and even trophies Pure Chess is a great deal at £4.99.
The standard single player mode sees you play chess against the PS3’s powerful cell processor. But don’t fear the difficulty is scalable so you don’t have to be a grand master to defeat the power house that is the PS3.
The first thing anyone will notice about this game is how beautiful it is and VooFoo Studios / Ripstone have really pushed this in their promotions for the game. But they certainly haven’t under delivered.
The chess pieces the boards and the back drops are all top notch as is the artwork in the menus and loading screens. The details on the pieces and boards are incredible and they have clearly put a lot of work into making them so pretty.
If you get bored of the standard chess pieces you can choose other designs and if you get bored with those buy some more from the store. The park animal pieces really show off the games graphics and the talent of the designers.
The same thing applies to backdrops you can play in a few different locations all beautifully presented.
If you get bored of playing standard chess you could play checkers instead, but if you’re a hardcore chess enthusiast the bonus games may appeal more to you. Offering various challenges such as mating in one, two, three, four or five in twenty different scenarios.
On the other end of the scale if you’re not a chess genius they have extensive tutorials, starting off with the basic moves up to advanced chess strategies.
The only downside to this game is the multiplayer. It has what they call a play by mail option which lets you make a move and then send it to a friend via the PSN messaging system so they can respond. This is fine if your friend lives in a different time zone but if you just want to kick back and talk to a buddy whilst playing chess in real time you can’t do it. Which is a shame as it would really have increased the mass market appeal of the game. Also you can play against your friends on the Vita as it supports cross platform multiplayer.
Overall this is a great game for chess fans and a bargain at just £4.99