SparkChess Review – A No-Frills Chess Game That Excels In Single-player Mode
Is it just me or is the chess getting harder and harder? It sure feels like that now that the internet keeps us from concentrating on anything for over 29 seconds or so.
SparkChess put us in our shoes pretty quickly. Of course, beating Cody is a cinch. He’s the weakest of the game’s six AI opponents, and he’s still “learning the basics.”
Deon, the second weakest opponent, “knows the rules but doesn’t have a clear strategy.” We have found our level with him. Every time we face a match with third worst player Claire, billed as the “best partner for a quick match,” we are brutally dismantled.
Fortunately, SparkChess is a good teacher.
The game consists of three main modes: Learn, Practice and Challenge. Practice is the mode where you can play against the various AI opponents, while the Challenge allows you to compete against friends locally or online (the latter requires you and your opponent to register an account.)
Go through these slideshows, which are accompanied by exercises, and you will have a solid foundation in the art of chess.
Learn, meanwhile, is a collection of opportunities to improve your chess prowess, divided into epic lessons, puzzles, and games.
Make your move
The lessons are exactly what they sound like: simple, clearly illustrated slideshows explaining everything from ground rules to the most well-established openings, like the Sicilian defense and the queen’s bet.
Puzzles could be a game in themselves. This mode offers dozens of scenarios and challenges you to checkmate in a set number of moves. There are more games of chess possible than there are atoms in the observable universe, but these exercises are useful exercises for situations that you will find yourself in from time to time.
Epic Games mode is a selection of classic chess games played in their entirety for your viewing pleasure.
However, training is probably the mode you’ll spend the most time in, unless you have a friend who also owns SparkChess.
As we have established, we are probably not qualified to assess the quality of the AI chess brain given the limitations of our own chess brain, but it sounds convincing enough. It is certainly competent.
However, we can comment on the range of options offered, which is comprehensive. At any time during a game, you can view a list of moves that have been played, take a snapshot of the board, watch a replay, rotate the board, and share a photo.
In addition, there are four different board styles to choose from, including standard, diagram, 3D, and 3D fantasy.
Companion in one
And that’s just superficial stuff. SparkChess also comes with its own Coach setting, which highlights possible and recommended movements, as well as parts in danger. A help option, on the other hand, explicitly recommends your next move.
If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can also use the Analyze feature, which gives you an in-depth assessment of which parts are best placed in terms of control, mobility, and attacks.
You can even cheat. SparkChess gives you the rather unsportsmanlike option to undo moves you don’t like, and even edit the board in your favor (or to your disadvantage, for that matter).
And if none of the AI opponents are quite right, you can play against Alyx, a fully customizable opponent with adjustable parameters for strength, time, foresight, memory, intuition, knowledge. , aggressiveness, precision, concentration and precision.
SparkChess isn’t the sleekest or sleekest game we’ve ever played, and if you’re looking for an online multiplayer experience, there are definitely cheaper and better options out there.
But if you’re a newbie looking to learn the ropes, or a more seasoned player looking for some tough and scalable AI opposition, SparkChess is a good investment.
You can find it on iOS, Android, and Desktop.