Product Type: Ubisoft Nintendo DS games
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Chess for your DS!
Chessmaster 11 (DS)
Member Name: Matt_85
Chessmaster 11 (DS)
Advantages: Mini-games good
Well, this is a good idea if you enjoy chess but don't have someone to play against regularly. But don't get too carried away... this isn't necessarily for beginners!
The actually chess function works on a rating system. You get points for winning, and lose points for losing. Now, I'm no expert, but I like to think my chess skills are at least average. Now, I manage to beat the first challenger, then my rating goes up. This means you play a slightly more skillful player. However, the leap in ability is not proportionate to your actually ability. Therefore, you lose the next and start at square one. Frustrating. But, for someone of more skill, it shouldn't be a problem.
The mini-games are good though. For example, one is where you move the pieces you're given into a position where they're next move can capture two or more of the same peices of fruit (strewn across the board) with a legal move. Or how about minesweeping. This is where you move pieces around the board to try and find mines. Hard to explain how it works though. Basically, the mini-games play on your knowledge of chess, and teaches you how the pieces move. It promotes forward planning, an important attribute when playing chess.
Overall, as a training aid, I'd say this is welll worth a buy. Just don't expect to beat the computer that often!
Summary: Chess for your DS! However frustrating, it's still got some fun in it!
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