Review: Pure Chess Wii U/3DS

Pure Chess puts other games in checkmate! Experience one of the oldest known boardgames on the advanced technology of today. With ultra-realistic and unparalleled beautiful visuals you can almost reach out and touch the pieces. Created under the watchful eye of a fully-fledged Grandmaster; Pure Chess allows players to experience the traditional game like never before, showcasing gorgeous environments and unbelievably stunning chess sets. Pure Chess is a game that can be played by everyone, at any age, but mastered by only a few.

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  • Graphics on Wii U are photo realistic in every way, The pieces have a high level of finish and look so real. On the 3DS they look just as impressive and with the 3D effect on, They simply pop right out.
  • Classic music with a slight Jazz influence keep the ambience just right for getting your Chess on.
  • Touch controls work really well for a chess game and both versions use the touch screen well.
  • The Wii U version allows you to change the view seen on the TV or the game pad. 3DS is more the board is on the bottom and the fancy pieces and camera work are on the top screen.
  • Classic Chess game with various difficulties so any level of player can get a challenge.
  • Scenarios section that have you doing various tasks like beating someone in a time limit or get check mate in x amount of moves. Also contains a part where new players can get to grips with the rules and learn a few good tricks of the trade.
  • Wii U has an awesome feature where you can lay the Gamepad down flat, Which in turn activates a new mode where you and another player can play Chess on the one screen in a table top version.
  • You can play the game on Wii U via LAN which plays out in a hotseat mode fashion.
  • Settings like game rules can be tweaked with options like undo moves if you are new to the game, This is a brilliant feature to have on.
  • Three different chess pieces to pick from, You can also choose the material of the chess pieces.
  • Three locations to pick from like library or an apartment. Of course random is in there if your undecided.
  • Cross platform multiplayer, Play against Smartphone and tablet users or of course a bit of Wii U/3DS action.
  • Rankings leader board to see how you are doing.
  • Multiple camera angles.
  • Out of the two versions the 3DS version is the superior version for online play. With the Wii U being the better choice for local play.

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  • A few more locations would of been nice, Along with a few new chess pieces.
  • Online is a bit broken, It works on a delayed basis. Basically you have your go and leave and then get notified when your opponent has had a go.
    • Online is slow to connect.
    • Finding an opponent is a bit duff as it could link you with an inactive player.
  • Other issues are with the Wii U, You dont get notifications on it when it is your go so you have to guess by rebooting the game every time to refresh the moves list.
  • Opponents online do not have a time limit on when to take their moves so you can have games go on for ever.
  • AI can get a bit cheap and on the other side the AI can easily be taken advantage of.

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In  Summary, The game here is chess and they do it very well for single player and it looks absolutly brilliant. The game has a few issues with the online part. Opting against a real time style is fine as chess is a time game but it just doesnt quite work on the Wii U. Its a huge shame as it does work against other platforms but it needs a bit more work. So for the moment I still say itsd a great game and one to play and love if your a solo against AI type of gamer. With Ripstone showing off the multiplayer so much before launch,  I fully expect them to get it fixed and running sweet in no time. A worthy purchase.


Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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