Chess With Friends
|Game Name:||Chess With Friends|
|Platforms:||iPhone, iPod touch|
|Release Date:||Nov 14, 2008|
There are many Chess games already available in the App Store, but none as good as Chess With Friends (CWF) by Newtoy. The key feature that sets CWF apart from the other Chess games is its unique multiplayer feature, which allows you to play against friends or strangers at your own leisure.
This form of Chess is better known as correspondence Chess, where players send moves by mail or email to each other. Rather than hunting for potential opponents by registering with various online Chess communities and trading emails, CWF greatly simplifies the whole process.
Finding opponents to play in CWF is a breeze, you can either select a friend from your contact list, auto-match with a random opponent or pass-n-play. When choosing a friend to play against via contact list, keep in mind that their phone number/email in your contact list needs to match up with the phone number/email they used for CWF registration.
Even if you don’t have any iPhone or iPod touch friends that like to play Chess, you can still arrange matches easily through the random opponent feature. The random opponent feature may not find you an opponent instantly, it could take a few minutes. The good news is you won’t have to wait, once you start a search for a random opponent, the CWF servers will keep searching even after you exit the app, so once you return to CWF you’ll have a Chess match waiting for you.
The controls are simple and straight forward, you can either drag or tap pieces to move them. After tapping a piece shaded squares will appear, illustrating what squares the piece can move to, handy especially for new Chess players like myself. Once the piece is moved a prompt will appear at the bottom of the screen with two options, Cancel or Submit, once a move is submitted there is no going back. At this point it is now your opponents turn, you’ll need to wait for them to make a move, which could take hours or even days.
Sounds boring I know, but don’t fret, CWF was designed so you can have multiple matches going at once. At the home screen of CWF there are three sections, Your Move, Their Move and Game Over. Games are listed under these three categories, so you’ll always know when it’s your turn to move. The Game Over list shows your past games, you can review all the moves made in previous games. This is a great tool to learn from your mistakes to improve your game.
It can become a bit confusing having so many Chess games going at once, that’s where the backtrack feature comes in handy. Just tap on the rewind button located in the lower left corner, to see the last moves made, you can even go back to the very start of the game. The backtrack feature is great way to remind you of what you were trying to accomplish in that specific Chess game.
Chess With Friends is hands down the best Chess game currently available in the App Store, because it was designed from the ground up to make multiplayer Chess easily accessible for all and the best part is you won’t have to pay a dime, it’s free!
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