Summary Play chess with people from all over world, and try to checkmate their king.
Description Type: Board Game
Players: 1-2 player
Game Time: 30 mins - 2 hours
Developer or Designer: Italy Games
Publisher: Italy Games
Play against online opponents
Turns have time limit
Choice between 2D and 3D board
King and Queen pieces hard to distinguish
Anyone who loves playing chess will love Chess Live. It has all the features you need to play a game according to your preferred style. You can play against a friend by passing round the tablet, challenge yourself to a match against the computer by choosing from six difficulty levels, or go head to head with someone on the other side of the world by connecting to the internet.
Since you can openly chat with other people online, it is best that this chess app is reserved for those thirteen or over. Younger children who want to play should download a version that does not have a chat feature.
Choosing to play against someone online means that each turn has a time limit of either two or five minutes. This prevents players having to wait forever for their opponent to have a turn, or secretly leaving the game without you knowing.
Who plays first is chosen at random, but if you are up against the computer, you can decide if you want to be white or black. When playing against the computer, there are extra options to help you out. For example, you can undo a move, or if you are stuck, ask the computer to show you the best place to go. This is useful for beginners, as it helps them understand more about the strategy involved. There is also no time limit in single player mode.
One feature I particularly like is the option to have the board shown in either 2D or 3D depending on which you find easier. Personally I find 3D easier because it is how you see the board in a physical game of chess, but also because in 2D mode, I get confused between which piece represents the king, and which represents the queen.
After your first online match, you will then be able to search for that opponent again and see if they are online. It shows you how many wins and losses you have had against that player. Alternatively, you can play another random opponent or search for a friend by typing in their username.
This is a great chess app for people of all skill levels. The only thing I would like added, it the ability to see the pieces that have been taken off the board, and score pieces to determine a winner if there is a draw.