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MikeSmolowitz wrote on 2002-05-31 UTCGood ★★★★
I played the trial version of Chesk 1.0.  The artwork, audio, and user
interface are very good.  I also like the basic premise of the game, since
combining games like this is a hobby of mine.

The main drawback for me is that the program's AI isn't very good.  I'm not
an expert chess player by any means, but I defeated 5 computer opponents
fairly easily.  The game mentions that this is version 1.0 of the AI, so I
presume they're going to work on improving it.  I imagine that's no simple
task, since AI is very complex for standard chess, let alone 6-player
chess.  But if they can pull it off, that would make the overall game very

One other curiosity about the game: there are no bishops.  I'm not sure why
they were excluded.  The board's irregular shape would make them less
powerful than on a standard square board, but that doesn't mean they should
be left out altogether.  Does anyone know why this is?

I haven't yet tried the on-line version of the game against other people.  
Can anyone comment on that?

Overall, I think this is a good game.  I look forward to version 2.0

Mike Smolowitz

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