Magician’s Gambit Review – A Great Fantasy-Themed VR Chess Game

The concept of playing chess in virtual reality certainly has its merits. Not everyone will be looking for such games, but fans of the sport can certainly appreciate a change of scenery. Magician’s Gambit for the Oculus Rift is a strategy game that focuses on chess matches. For the price of $10, it’s worth a try. The game can be played with a gamepad while seated.

The magician’s game looks very professional

Although Magician’s wager is still in Early Access, the game itself looks incredibly professional. Specifically, there’s currently only a single-player campaign, which pits you against chess matches against an AI. The way everything looks and feels incredibly polished, and portrays what one would expect to play chess in VR. There are no unnecessary bells and whistles to distract players. That being said, players will still find themselves in a fantasy world and the magic is very real in this environment.

When it comes to playing chess in VR, Magician’s Gambit outshines the competition by leaps and bounds. Granted, it all depends on your personal preference, but obviously most people will like this particular game. The dark fantasy style offers an interesting game world, although Magician’s Gambit primarily revolves around the game of chess. It’s hard to balance these two concepts, but the developers have done an amazing job.

The main antagonist of this game is an evil dwarf. It’s a fantasy world, after all. The use of magic is quite prevalent in this game, as it can be used to move and manipulate the chess pieces accordingly. This aspect alone is well worth the price of Magician’s Gambit, even if some games are cheaper and offer a “pure” chess experience. For fans of fantasy and chess, The Wizard’s Gambit ticks all the right boxes.

In a future update, the developers also plan to add online multiplayer. This could open up some interesting opportunities, especially for the VR chess community as a whole. For an Early Access title, we’re very impressed so far, and can’t wait to try out the multiplayer option as well. Playing virtual reality chess while sitting in an underground bar in a fantasy world sounds pretty appealing to us. Your mileage may vary, however.

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