Chess 2: The Sequel – Review (PC)

The long awaited sequel – Chess 2: The Sequel

Chess is a very old game. A game which has only been patched a few times after release,  but now some die-hard fans have came up with something we’ve been needing since the 1600s. Chess 2: The Sequel.

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Chess 2: The Sequel takes the idea of Chess being about protecting your king by turtling him away in a corner and turns it on its head. Now you must get your king over the midway point; such a simple change that makes it feel like an entirely different game. Defensive and aggressive styles still exist, with some players opting to barricade the midway line to prevent the other king from crossing while other players prefer to go straight for the enemy king instead.

You can also thank the geniuses at Ludeme games for finally bringing other factions to the game. Now we can play as the Jungle Kingdom of Animals, the Dread Forces of Nemesis, the Warrior Kings, the Empowered, Reapers and Classic. The great point about these new factions is that they all play similarly but at the same time, they are very different to eachother. The Animal faction has units that can rush through multiple units while the Empowered’s pieces (Rook, Knight, Bishop) can use each other’s movements when they are adjacent.

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All of these new additions make Chess 2 more engaging than its predecessor. With 21 possible match-ups it is very difficult to memorise opening plays and tactics, instead, you must read your opponent. This redesign takes us all back to our early days with Chess when it was all about reading the other person which is a great thing. The only advantage the original Chess has is the ability to move pieces while your opponent is in the bathroom. Currently there is no cheating functionality in Chess 2, but it won’t be long until dedicated cheaters find a way to jump the knight further than it should(!).

Chess 2 has three play modes; Correspondence, training and matchmaking. Training pits you against a random AI army which isn’t the smartest but is good enough for most players. Matchmaking is much like any other game, connecting you to a randomly selected player. Correspondence mode is the clear stand-out in Chess 2. In this mode you set how long you want the game to run, invite a friend to play and make moves at your leisure over a couple of days or weeks. While it may not work for other turn based games, it does make Chess a lot more tactical as you have time to plot and plan your moves.

The biggest problem with Chess 2: The Sequel is its lack of local multi-player. Hopefully they will add this feature in with future patches.

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To make the experience as authentic as possible, the marble pieces are highly detailed and soft classical music plays in the background; much how it does in a proper game of Chess. The developers put a lot of enewrgy and craftsmanship into making the game as attractive as possible and it really shows.

A sequel to chess sounds an awful lot like a reinvention of the wheel, but we honestly believe that Chess 2: The Sequel can bring new life into the game and hopefully we’ll soon see it ported to a physical board.

Chess 2: The Sequel can be played cross platform on PC and Ouya with IPad coming soon.

You can buy Chess 2: The Sequel on steam