tChess Pro

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Interface issues mar an otherwise decent simulator.

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Games begin as soon as you open the app, but figuring out how to start a new game or adjust the settings takes a little poking around. Also, if you’re not familiar with chess terminology, much of the onscreen language (such as “ECO B20: Sicilian Defence”) will be baffling.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that tChess Pro is a chess simulator that teaches new players and can challenge skilled ones. It offers both a tutorial and an analysis mode -- letting players build their skills -- and offers hints to those who find themselves outmatched by the game. The game’s navigation is weak, though, and it assumes a knowledge of chess that could frighten off beginners. 

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Is it any good?

Chess may be known as the sport of kings, but TCHESS PRO isn’t first in line for the crown. While the chess engine is a good one against which to practice your skills, a clumsy menu system detracts from the experience. That could drive away fans of the game. Beginners, meanwhile, will probably get frustrated fast, since (despite a tutorial mode) there’s not a lot of handholding. The app’s $4.99 price tag is also a bit high, given its lack of polish. With some interface updates, though, tChess Pro could shine.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $7.99
  • Release date: June 23, 2010
  • Category: Board Games
  • Publisher: Tom Kerrigan
  • Version: 1.5.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 2.1 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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