Star Wars Chess (Sega Cd/1993)

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Story: 

The story of “Star Wars Chess” is spread across the original trilogy:Episodes IV, V, and VI. Pretty much everyone has seen these movies, so no need to elaborate here. The way things play out here though is that this is a chess game where the ‘Star Wars’ characters are the pieces. 

Graphics: 

A bit cartoonish and needs a lot of improvement but it does get the job done for what it is worth. After all, this is the 2D world of Sega CD. You may notice certain animations that have some annoying frequency at times.

Controls: 

It’s a lot like playing a console-based version of the board game Chess. There’s not much else to say beyond that. Everything was pretty much easy to muster.

Gameplay: 

Your favorite characters are the pieces here in “Star Wars Chess” – Yoda, Luke, Darth Vader, Leia, Emperor Palpatine, R2-D2, C-3P0, Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Boba Fett, etc. This is standard chess gameplay here except with action sequences to add for variety and make it interesting. The chess aspect is pretty enjoyable if you like chess, providing you plenty of options as well as some helpful hints. You can even switch sides if you’d like. You can play against the CPU (whom is no doubt intelligent and moves accordingly) or a friend.

Overall: 

“Star Wars Chess” is basically George Lucas’ response to the game “Battle Chess” but with ‘Star Wars’ characters, environments, references, etc. and so on. There’s really no replay value here unless you’re into chess or you’re a hardcore ‘Star Wars’ fan. For the most part, the game is pretty much a novelty item more than anything else. Nevertheless, “Star Wars Chess” proves to be a neat attempt at blending the two together.

Rating: **

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