Saturday, July 02, 2011

Chess Wars

Fredb1978 has posted all of the cut scenes from Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy (DOS 1996).  It is rather disturbing to watch all of the possible "murders" that can be committed on the chessboard. And you have to wonder if medieval combat to the death is the most compelling storyline that can get mapped onto this abstract game.  But it is an interesting historical example of how designers have tried to jazz up chess for digital game play.  I have previously only seen the opening sequence from the game (see second video above).  The concept of having scenes to accompany each capture clearly inspired Lego Chess, though the latter has a much more fun attitude (more appropriate for children).

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