Chess Free, by AI Factory, is, as the name implies as chess game for android. Chess Free has features recognizable in other chess games, like the Chessmaster PC game series for example, which brings a wonderful twinge of nostalgia and excitement that comes with the revelation that this is actually an Android mobile game.
The player is greeted with a clean, crisp, graphical user interface or GUI, utilizing vibrant colors that may remind one of 2 scholarly types persons, dueling it out over an actual chessboard in some Victorian study room. The option to jump right into game play is available by simply tapping the “Play” icon, where further choices such as single player, two player, and game statistics are displayed, and upon having tried single player myself, I was very pleased with the chance to fine tune my upcoming game with further choices, including playing as either black or white pieces, changing the difficulty level (which is reasonably substantial) , opponent handicap, etc.
Chess Free is absolutely beginner friendly, for whichever piece you move first, only the correct possible moves are displayed upon tapping the piece, so over time, beginners can play chess correctly with an actual board as well as on an Android phone, but if you are really struggling, the game offers hints as well. Additionally, into the struggle against the AI, you can even resign from the current game if you find the battle hopeless.
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Chess Free is all in all an enjoyable trip down “strategy game lane”, and gives you a great way to exercise the old brain while waiting in a line for movie tickets, sitting in a dental office, or whatever the situation!