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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Really Bad Chess 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 16 months ago.
Play involves taking on different scenarios using the standard chess moves. The pieces start in different places each time, and you have a different collection to work with. The result is a surprisingly engaging puzzle game.
You will take on a range of weaker opponents and this will be much easier than trying to play the proper game. But as the opponents and scenarios get harder, real joy in chess emerges. It's an approach that levels the playing field for newcomers and experts and is an excellent first step for children.
There's a daily challenge that lets you take on higher-ranked board setups. There are also leader boards that you can climb as you complete different levels.
Really Bad Chess makes highly unconventional choices about reinventing the game of chess. In doing so, it not only makes it accessible but does away with the stuffiness, memorisation and openings that can put so many people off the classic game. It's a bit bonkers, and because of that it clearly isn't a replacement for the real thing -- but it is a lot of fun.
6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The simple rule-flip approach to chess opens it to very young children, who can (if they want) graduate into the traditional more static game of chess.
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
As well as playing via Apple Arcade, you can play a free version of the game and then pay to unlock the full version. You can also purchase undo tokens to help your play.
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Release Date: 13/10/2016, updated in 2017
Out Now: Android, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Text
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