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Sponsored Game Review: Chess Knight

July 7, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

Chess Knight is an Android game that Chess players, as well as those looking for a change of pace, should enjoy. The premise is simple; you have to get the Chess Knight to land on every single square once in order to finish the game. This is easier said than done, and those looking to adjust the difficulty can do so by adjusting the size of the Chess board. Not so much a Chess game as a sort of game of logic, players must take a careful path around the board to make sure that they can touch each square at least once, those that succeed will be able to play again in the new mode that asks players to avoid certain boxes.

Getting started with Chess Knight was as simple as downloading it from the Play Store. You’re thrown right into things, without so much of an introduction, all you have to do is get started.

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Here, I’ve become to make some progress, and I have hit a number of locations on the board:

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After a little while, I was able to cover even more of the board:

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As you play, you’ll start to figure out how you can get to each square on the board. You have to go from a black tile to a white, and vice-versa. This gives the game its logic element, where you need to figure out how best to get to each and every square on the board. Soon though, my luck ran out and it was game over:

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To make things easier for myself, I could just as well go ahead and change the size of the board, giving me less square to reach:

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The size of the board is changed by a little slider that’s easily accessible from the one display. Those looking for a real challenge could always give themselves a larger-than-normal size Chess board.

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Chess Knight is an interesting game. It’s certainly rather simple, with one game mechanic running through the entire game, but as with a lot of games, its simplicity is what makes it so addictive. I think it would help if you’re familiar with just how you move a Chess Knight around the board, but I’m not so sure it’s essential. I did however, begin to wonder if there was any real skill to the game, I felt like I was doing something right, but I wasn’t sure how I was doing it. This is probably a shortcoming on my end, but overall I could see the appeal of the game. It’s simple, easy to pickup and play and there’s nothing getting in the way of having some bite-sized fun, whenever you want.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – The game runs just fine, everything is nice and smooth, and there are no performance issues to speak of.
  • Theme (3.5/5) – There’s not much to the presentation of Chess Knight, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad-looking game, it could just do with a little more flare here and there.
  • Features (4/5) – There’s no denying that Chess Knight is incredibly simple in its approach, but that’s arguably what makes the game so appealing in the first place.
  • Overall (3.5/5) – It’s a fun game, but without any introduction and an uninspiring look and feel there’s work to be done with Chess Knight.

Pros

  • Good game for Chess players looking for some light relief away from the Chess board.
  • Being able to change the board allows for some fine-tuning of the overall difficulty.
  • As the game asks players to hit every square on the board, there’s a definite end goal (with a little extra as well) which gives players incentives to keep on going when they find things difficult.
  • Doesn’t ask too much of its players, it just lets them get going without any hassle.

Cons

  • An introduction to the overall game and its premise is something that would help new players.
  • Might be too simple for some players.

On the whole, Chess Knight is a lot of fun, even more so if you know how to play Chess, but it could be considered al little too simple for some. Then again, it offers bite-sized gameplay that people can enjoy no matter where they are, and there’s few hoops to jump through. An introduction to the game as well as a theme with more flare would be nice to see, though.

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