Chess & Backgammon Classics

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Chess & Backgammon Classics

 

A title like “Chess & Backgammon Classics” gives a good idea of what you’re going to get, and this iPod two-fer gives even a little more than anticipated. Yes, it’s backgammon and chess. But Gameloft crafted two thought-out versions of these ubiquitous games. Both include several play modes and board themes. Built-in opponents offer a challenge, or both games allow pass-the-iPod two-player matches.

 

Chess’s default 3D view looks surprisingly good, but we kept better track of the pieces in the 2D, overhead perspective. AI opponents range from inept to intense, but the game’s extras round out the package: single-move puzzles, a moderate database of opening moves, and turn-by-turn replays of famous games. Backgammon can’t match all of these modes, but it includes a tutorial and tournament play. Still, it has everything we’d expect in a Backgammon game, with clear graphics and responsive controls.

 

The bottom line. It’s chess and backgammon. But the iPod transition works through thoughtful design and extra options.

 

COMPANY: Gameloft

CONTACT: www.gameloft.com

PRICE: $4.99

REQUIREMENTS: iPod Nano (3rd generation), iPod Classic, or iPod Video (5th generation)

 

Clear graphics and animation. Effective control schemes. Variety of play options. Two players can share one iPod. Two games for one.

Chess lacks a tutorial or rule explanation.

 

 

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