Some chess video games feature graphics that resemble realistic or fantasy boards.
Computer chess video games have been around since the 1980s. While the main function is a readily-available opponent, many of them sport multiple-boards with three-dimensional rendering. They also have exclusive in-game music and sounds. With these added elements, these versions of chess are not only educational, but visually and aurally appealing.
“Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition”
“Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition” features standard 3-D wood boards, or 3-D boards with detailed human or fantasy characters. Forest creatures, fairy-tale creatures, knights and ogres can take the place of a regular chess piece. Each piece may walk, jump or fly around the board. Players may hear characters as they walk, and battle sounds when a piece is attacked by another. The game also features delicate and simple background music.
“War Chess” boards and pieces are surrounded by 3-D caves, forests, volcanoes or castles. Pieces resemble warlocks, knights, skeletons, and ogres. When a piece is taken, the opponent piece will attack it with swords, spells, or bow and arrows. “War Chess” also features dramatic in-game orchestral music. Some of the piece movements are accompanied by sound-effects like footsteps or flapping wings.
“Majestic Chess” is an interactive chess game meant for beginner-level chess players. It’s done in a story-driven mode that eventually has players taking on increasingly difficult chess situations and games. The game is played in settings such as castles and cathedrals. In-game lighting from castle windows casts intricate shadows across the board. Pieces make simple noises as they are moved or taken from the board. Sonorous orchestral music also accompanies each game.
“3D Chess” was made for smart phones and similarly sized computer processors. The game features 3-D pieces inspired by medieval objects such as knights, armored horses and catapults. The in-game soundtrack resembles regal medieval battle music, complete with flutes and drums. Visual effects include pieces attacking opponent pieces with swords, spears and lances. Footsteps can be heard as pieces walk around the board, and characters scream or grunt when they are knocked off by an opposing piece.