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Battle Chess

By Mathew R. Ignash ( - Last updated on July 16, 2001.

3DO - Acorn - Amiga - Apple 2gs
Atari ST - CD32 - CDTV - MS-DOS - NES

  • Vital Data:

  • Created By: Interplay Productions, 1988 -
  • Ported to Amiga by: Interplay Productions, 1988 -
  • System requirements: Workbench 1.2 or higher and 1mb of system memory. To install it on a hard drive takes about 1mb of space.
  • System recommended: Same as above.
  • System Friendlyness Scale: 1234567890

  • About The Game:

  • Synopsis: Battle Chess is a game that sold a number of A500's to the world. When I was a computer salesman we used to leave a copy of Battle Chess running playing against itself on the show room floor. It's a simple chess simulator with the added bonus of being graphically entertaining. The board is shot from a perspective, and the pieces walk about killing each other. It also has nice digitized sounds. The animation is so addictive that you start killing a certain piece with another just to see a new animation. Really an amazing display considering it's only a 320x200x32 resolution. It can run from 0 to 2 human players, suggest moves, and has various levels of difficulty.

    Some of the more interesting features of this game is it's ability of save games to disk, suggest a move for you, and a modem networking capability for head to head games. It would be nice of someone patched this to work over internet connections too.

    Although their has been a good amount of complaining that the computer was too slow to make it's moves on a 7mhz machine, this is no longer the case when run on my 50mhz system. The game originally sold for $49.95. The CDTV and CD32 ports are pretty much identical to the Amiga port. The NES port is crap compared it this one.

    A JST hard drive installer and patcher is available on the Aminet which makes the game useable on most Amiga systems. It also removes the password protection. The Amiga port seems to run fine under AmigaUAE.
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  • Reviews:

  • Amazing Computing: Jeffery Scott Hall reviewed the Amiga port of Battle Chess in the July 1989 issue. He said ''Whether you are a novice or an expert in the art of playing chess, you should definitely ''check'' into this terrific program!''
  • Amiga Game Zone: Jason Compton rated the CD32 version of the game a C in the October 1994 issue and said it was an ''Animated board game that taxes both intellect and patience.''
  • Amiga Games Database: Isaac Abrams reviews Amiga Battle Chess.
  • Games Machine: Rated it 83%.

  • Extras:

  • Aminet Battle Chess files -
  • Golden Amiga Games Encyclopedia -

  • AltOS Amiga Web 
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