(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really a full-fledged game review as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know whether or not it’s worth your time/money.)
ChessFinity is not your usual chess game. There is no board, in the traditional sense. HandyGames has taken what is essentially the classic rules and set pieces of the original game and turned it into a score chasing endless runner. It sounds weird on paper, but I assure you, if you are a fan of chess, it is a fun, challenging, and rewarding experience. HandyGames has taken, in my opinion, a real chance with this title. It is free-to-play, simple in its general execution, and masterful in its challenges, but I feel a lot of people who aren’t already fans of the classic game won’t stick around. I could be wrong, and I hope I am. I recommend giving the tutorial a quick spin to familiarize yourself with the game’s premise and just start playing. You move across the board trying to take pieces to add to your time, collect coins to purchase power ups, and move further and further down the “road.” You get one of each of the chess pieces to complete your run, all of which can be taken, or your time can run out. The game is not easy in that the AI is smart enough and will capitalize on your mistakes. If your a fan of chess and want a different sort of experience with the classic genre, I highly recommend giving this one a try.
Rob Goddard (@SuperLobster06)