Solitaire Chess by ThinkFun
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Solitaire Chess is an innovative puzzle game that uses the basic rules of chess and combines it with the classic peg-jumping solitaire game. The game teaches basic chess movements as well as planning ahead for future moves. The game is easy to play and has a helpful option that will show where a piece can be moved. There are 400 puzzles in four difficulty levels so there is plenty to challenge a player at any skill level.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- board games
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
- achieving goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Clean graphics, easy navigation, a simple game concept, the ability to replay endlessly, plus 400 puzzles across four levels of difficulty give this app a wide range of appeal.
The app can help develop memory, probability, and strategy skills through repeated practice. Hints respond by making the correct next move, which doesn't necessarily help kids strategize.
A tutorial helps with basic moves, Solitaire Chess rules, and how to use hints, reset, and undo. Kids are able to reset all data and replay endlessly.
What's it about?
Faced with an arrangement of traditional chess pieces on a 4x4 board, kids drag pieces to capture others and test out various sequences until they find one that leaves only one piece standing. The difference from regular chess is that every move must be a capture. Kids will need to reset many times before finding the right sequence. Kids can choose Challenge or Quick Play (same puzzles just no menu) among four levels with 100 puzzles each.
Is it any good?
SOLITAIRE CHESS is an app version of a board game and is a fairly faithful translation. The player is presented with a small 4-by-4 chess board with several pieces on it. The pieces move as in regular chess, and the goal is to capture pieces until only one piece is left on the board. In the easy levels, nearly anyone familiar with chess will be able to easily solve the puzzles, while those who are new to chess will be able to familiarize themselves with the rules. There is a handy option that will show where pieces can be moved, and a hint button that will solve the puzzle one step at a time. With 400 puzzles, players can find a challenge for any skill level, particularly since you can skip to any challenge without solving previous ones.
Solitaire Chess is ingeniously designed, and the harder puzzles are extremely challenging. For players who love puzzles (and particularly those with an interest in chess) this is an ideal app.
Families can talk about...
Learn to play chess together.
Try checkers to get used to board mechanics.
Discuss ways to plan and remember series of moves.