Today our review is about multiplayer chess apps for both: Android & iOS devices.
At this list we concentrate your attention on multiplayer chess games. If you are intersted at any kind of chess games – make sure to check this post: 15 Best free chess apps for Android & iOS.
So here is the list:
1. Chess Prince
Chess Prince is the game for two players. A game takes place on a square board, made of 64 small squares, from eight squares from each side. Each player begins with sixteen figures: eight pawns, two horses, two elephants, two rooks, one queen and one king. The purpose of a game is that each player to try to checkmate the opponent’s king. If the king of the player is trapped and has no opportunity to escape the treat by a rival then it is considered that he’s checkmated.
The process of the game consists of two contestants, one by one are making attempts to defeat each other by moving figures according to a certain pattern. The first move is made by the white side. Just skip few paragraphs if you know the rules 🙂
Figures, except a horse, during the gaming process are considered moving in a straight line on the board pitch, that is “passing” all fields between initial and final lines therefore all these fields have to be free. If on the way of a figure there is another figure, then it is impossible to move a figure in the field behind it. An exception is the horse course (see below).
The place of a square, occupied by a figure, is impossible to step on.
The king goes to distance 1 down, horizontals or diagonals.
The queen goes to any distance down, horizontals or diagonals.
The castle goes to any distance on a vertical or a horizontal.
The elephant goes to any distance on diagonal.
The horse goes in the square, being at distance 2 down and 1 across or 1 down and 2 across from the current position. Unlike all other chessmen, the move of a horse is made out of the board plane, that is the horse directly moves (“jumps”) from the initial field on final and no figures standing on other fields, can prevent the movement of a horse. In particular, the horse can go in the field even if it is completely surrounded with others figures.
The pawn goes with capture on diagonal to one square forward-to the right or forward-to the left, and without capture — down to one square forward. If the pawn in this party didn’t do the courses yet, it can make the course without capture on two fields forward. The direction “forward” is called the direction to the eighth horizontal for white or to the first for black. When the pawn goes to the last horizontal (for white — on the eighth, for black — on the first), a player has to replace her with any other figure of the same color, except the king (transformation of a pawn). Transformation of a pawn is a part of that course which it moves to the last horizontal line. Thus, if, for example, the figure turned from a pawn threatens the opponent’s king, then this king as a result of the course a pawn on the last horizontal immediately appears in check.
In addition, this game has an upgraded design, including 7 different colours of chessboards, 6 different background which you can choose. With the possibility of cancellation of actions this app has different levels of difficulty so both begginers and advanced players can feel comfortable while playing chess.
2. Chess Free by Al Factory Limited
Another great app for playing chess which is programmed in order to make your gaming process more exciting and useful. This app was called the best one among all other in chess games industry. It got the highest score among 30 other chess apps.
Here you will find 12 levels of difficulty to adjust your skills to the game, so you will not have problems training alone before you are starting your chess battle with more skilled friend. The game has two different modes each one of those will permit you to have different amount of pieces of advice during the game. In this app the chess tool “Treebeard” is applied. The cool thing about it is that this tool is capable to program actions very similar to himan’s ones. If you are a player for the first time you can choose the level where the app will teach you how to conduct the process properly. You will evolve your chess playing skills and will avoid of the most common mistakes. What is more, there is a function “To show how your computer thinks” which will allow you to analyze the way of your rival’s thinking. You are also in control of your game statistycs which will increase your rank. The game includes 8 kinds of chessboards and 7 different types of chess sets. In the more “Review” you can always get back to your previous victory and overwatch your moment of glory.
However, since the game is free it includes a decent quantity of advertisement in it.
3. Chess Free by Optime Software LLC
This chess app is made speacially for you to feel comfortable while playing game – it is adopted for the iOS system. You can play with a friend or train alone – it is always up to you. And the fancy design and beautiful framing will make this process even more enjoyable. Save your progress – wide range of name configurations and score tracking allow you to do that. Here you can also choose your difficulty level according to your preferences. This app also includes a very useful function – an automatic saving. So next time when you get an unexpected call or your battery dies your game progress will be saved.
As you launch the app you see a compact menu where you can choose the number of players, look for other games and explore other different options. If you choose one player mode you will get a set of options and a line which allows to regulate the level of difficulty. In options it is possible to reset the time mode.
4. Chess by cnvcs.com
Another chess app with a wide range of functions. As usual, you can choose the way you are going to play – against black or white, a computer or a friend, of course. The game includes 10 levels of difficulty. One essential feature of this app is what distinguishes it from other apps like this – is that this version has more than 38000 chess puzzles which are divided into 13 sections. The game supports online gameplay and it is also possible to play with each other via bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You can choose the design of your game yourself – the game has chessboards and piece sets, a lot of them are avaliable in 2D and 3D mode. Your progress in the game will always be saved automatically, and in addition to that you can randomly go to any point in the current game. If you change your play mode to view mode you can observe your previous game process, notice your mistakes, learn more etc.
From the first sight it is obvious that this app includes the way much more functions than a usual one. You permanantly have an unlimited access to the additional options, menu, where you can build your gaming process according to your preferations.
5. Really Bad Chess
If you and your friend feel a little bit dangerous you can choose to play this extraordinary version of a simple game called “chess”. You will not find the figures you got used to here, all the rules are broken. Now you have a big variety of choices to make – you can have 8 knights, 4 bishops and 3 pawns, seriously. Compete with your friends in Weekly and Daily challenges, change the background of your chessboard.
A lot of different experts and magazines note, that in this app you will rediscover the chess under the new angle. You will see how interesting it may be to play when old pieces have much more power or when you have more than a couple superpowerful figures. Despite the density of variants in this game it is still harmonic and comfortable for any type of player. You and your friends can even change the patterns of action and practice your skills in the unusual atmosphere which you are not used to. The interface itself is quite simple and except this ability of changing the rules the app does not have any special features. In case if you prefer classic chess with a wide range of settins – this app may be a little tricky for you.
So if you are a little tired of playing the same old chess every day or you just quit playing after learning the rules – this app is the breathe of fresh air for you!
6. Chess Classic King
For all classic chess lovers out there here’s another app for you – Chess Classic King. The game may appear not the most original but it combines everything you need to enjoy it. All the sets of options is quite simple so nothing destracts you from the game. You can choose mode “on time” and limit yourself and your friend in time scale. This app has already become a popular phenomenon all around the world thanks to its simple setting and its fabulous look (for those who prefer things looking esthetically this app will become a real catch). The design of the game looks rather exquisite and performed beautifully. While launching the game you can see the chessboard right away, in the menu you can choose the level of difficulty (if you play alone), time limit, colour of the board etc. To move the figures you tap on them, hightlight them and then act.
7. Chess Time – Multiplayer Chess
Here we have the classic multiplayer chess. This app was created as a global chess community for correspondance chess players. Via this chess network you can find your rivals to play with all around the world and compete with them. You can also communicate by a chat, tag your favorite opponents, etc. However, you always have a chance to play against your friends. As you launch the app you can see the set of icons which you can click on: to go to the game, see thee leaders in this category, invite or like your friends, create or change your account, go to the settings or read the information about the app. In case if you are getting a little bored with a game you may change the theme and the sets of the app. If you have problems of questions about some definite levels then you go to a special game level chat. There is a history of recent games which includes the rating of the best players and even the rating of the best contries. Invite your friends to join you in this app! In its general aspects the app itself is classic and contains all typical characteristics for a chess game. Create your own account to save and study your progress or demonstrate it to others.
It should be noted that since the app is rather new, some technical problems may occur while playing chess.
8. Chess Champ
You can play Chess Champ alone or with your friend – this app gives you an opportunity like this. At the beginning you can train and obtain skills by playing with a computer (which is not an easy task, by the way). This app suggests 2 modes of the game: the classic one and a “task” where you are playing already started chess race. You can choose the design from 4 different variants: marble, glass, wood or metal and choose the dimension of figures (2D or 3D). The game includes 3 level of difficulty which are accompanied by sound effects and animation. You can limit your time or click on the “help” option. In all aspects, while playing with your friends you will surely be satisfied with the beautiful design of the app and the simplicity of settings. However some comments left by the users inform us that this app can operate quite slow from time to time.