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Amiga

Battle Chess

Battle Chess
GenreBoard game
Developer / PublisherInterplay
Released1988
Media1 x disk
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Battle Chess is a unique chess game that features 35 battle animations between the chess pieces, presented in awesome graphics and sound. The game was initially developed for the Commodore Amiga (by Interplay Entertainment) in 1988 and later ported to most home computers like the Atari ST, Acorn Archimedes, Apple IIGS, PC (MS-DOS), Apple Macintosh and the 8bit Apple IIe and Commodore 64. The game gained so great popularity that it was also released for several video game consoles like the Amiga CD32, Amiga CDTV, FM Towns, Nintendo NES, Sharp X68000 and Panasonic 3DO.
 
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Battle ChessSTORY / GAMEPLAY
The game, as in real chess, needs strategy, patience and skills. What actually makes Battle Chess unique compared to the rest of chess video games is that the chess pieces come to life and battle one another when engaging; there are 35 battle animations for this awesome feature. Some battle sequences like Knight versus Knight or like King versus Bishop are direct references to the black knight fight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie and the short fight sequence between Indiana Jones and a swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The animations vary depending on the piece combinations. Some pieces, like the rooks, are castle walls that actually transform into a giant golem that moves around the chess board. Its truly a very nice thing to watch! Note that in the NES version, all animated battles are done on their own screen (scene) rather than live on the chess board. Also, the action on this version is quite slow and you cannot skip the animated sequences, so your next move needs to wait until the battle sequence is finished. So we have a Battle Chess thats rather slow paced but with some nice twitches!

GRAPHICS / SOUND
Upon release, the Amiga version received critical reviews from magazines due to its fun battle sequences which were very advanced (for the time) in terms of graphics, animation and sound. It features nice colorful graphics (32 colors) with detailed sprites like knights, infantry and royals in their full armor and the animated battle scenes are smooth and nice to watch. Every type of piece has its unique way to kill, i.e. the Queen uses magical power and by raising her hands fires lighting to the pawn challenged or the rook transforms into a rock monster and kills an enemy by smashing his head! The graphics look better than the ST version (16 colors used) with no other major differences. The sound features excellent digitized effects during the battle sequences, almost identical in both versions. Battle Chess is a fantastic game that every Amiga owner should have in his collection.
 
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Comparable platforms



32 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS



16 colors
Atari ST



40 colors
PC MS-DOS



16 colors
Apple IIGS



2 colors
Apple Macintosh
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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comment on 2010-03-16 21:20:01
ndialJoin Date: 2009-06-03
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