Chess Ultra for Nintendo Switch Review

Chess Ultra for Nintendo Switch Review


Ah Chess! THE strategy game. This wouldn’t
be a strategy game channel without at least a video of the game that inspired all strategy
games after it. This game is the fancy man of the Chess video game world with spectacular
graphics and highly detailed backgrounds. So get your cup of tea and biscuits, your
top hat and gentlemanly “moustachio” ready and accompany me to my gaming chambers for
a rather beautiful game of Chess. Chess Ultra from Ripstone has been recently
released on the Nintendo Switch and I just had to get on board being a Chess lover and
all. The game had been already released on PS4, PC and Xbox One but I had to wait until
the Switch version basically because board games are a perfect fit for the portable nature
of Nintendo’s new console. One important distinction must be made before we begin,
however. Chess Ultra is first and foremost a video game about Chess, not a learning software.
More advanced players seeking game analysis tools and different engines will be out of
luck here. Having said that, Chess Ultra is everything
a Chess video game should be. Simple presentation, basic tutorials to start you off and a gorgeous
graphical display. It is basically a deluxe digital version of your home Chess board as
it is only focused on playing Chess. You can play games against different AIs with different
ELO ratings, play online against people via multi-platform crossplay and against friends
on your friends list. It also includes a tournament mode where you can create tournaments with
randoms or friends or participate on official developer made tournaments with up to 128
players. Lastly the game also has a Chess puzzle mode where you can scratch your head
wondering whether you can get a check mate in 3 moves and a historical game mode akin
to the Total War series’ historical battles. Featuring 10 legendary games such as Byrne
vs Bobby Fischer from 1956 to the first ever recorded Chess game in History from 1475.
This is arguably my favourite mode where I can try to recreate the moves of legendary
Chess Grandmasters. There is no single player campaign or rule
variant modes but who needs those when you just want to play Chess on the go with some
cool visuals and beautiful soundtrack? Talking about the aesthetics of the game, the graphics
are stylistically pleasing. Normally a chess game would feature a 3D board with some limited
angles and the pieces and that’s it but Chess Ultra goes a step beyond providing several
3D rendered backgrounds which you can look at 360º. From your own living room, to a
library to Hell itself, you have a nice variety of places to play the king of Strategy games.
You can even choose between different styles of Chess pieces and the material of what they
are made of. You can also get some spectacular views just by moving the camera down to the
board to have a look at the battle up close. The soundtrack is also incredibly soothing
and calm appropriate for a fun afternoon of Chess mayhem. Schubert’s Ave Maria and Offenbach’s
Barcarolle surprised me in the background while playing the tutorial and just made the
experience delightful. About the tutorial, it does a splendid job of teaching the basic
rules to a newcomer as well as their first openings and strategies to get the Chess Padawan
off to a great start. Do not expect advanced lessons for expert players though, the tutorial
is barely enough information to get players ready for the game. Aside from all of that I’d also like to
mention that the game includes different timer options as well. The standard 45 minute timer,
a blitz game timer of 5 minutes, a Fisher delay timer and a marathon timer where moves
can be performed in a 24 hour span of time. Perfect for people who don’t have enough
time to play in one sitting. The only problem is that the game doesn’t use the Switch’s
notification system to tell you your opponent has made a move so you have to get into the
game to check it out. How cool would it be to be playing Mario Odyssey and a notification
tells you that player xXKingSniperXx has made his move so you can save your progress and
go play Chess Ultra instead! (DISCLAIMER: Not dissing on Mario Odyssey by the way) As for the Nintendo Switch’s exclusive functionality,
the game works very well in tabletop mode. You can adjust the camera angle to be an aerial
view and just use the touch screen to make the moves, just like a real Chess board. You
can also use separate joycons to control the pieces in case you don’t want to smudge
the screen in finger prints. The awesome thing about Chess Ultra is that I can just whip
this bad boy in the middle of a bus or in a park to play some immediate digital hardcore
Chess right there and then with my significant other in seconds. And if I don’t have a
physical opponent, just use a wifi network for some online “pawning” (pun intended
LOL). The only features missing from the other platforms are the VR functionality and the
3D death guy you can play against but nothing you would miss out on. All in all, Chess Ultra is a good Chess videogame.
If you want to play Chess on the go with some lovely graphics, at 12,49€ or $ or 9,99’pounds,
this is a hard offer to miss for Chess lovers with a Nintendo Switch. I hope you enjoyed the video. For more strategy
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