tChess Pro

Common Sense Media says

Interface issues mar an otherwise decent simulator.

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Ease of play

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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A deeply buried link takes users to a page where other apps by the developer are highlighted.

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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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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

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