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Have you ever dreamed of playing a European chess game using real people? Perhaps you'd dress them up and direct them to move around on a huge board with a loudspeaker. If you don't have the kind of money needed to pull that off, Battle Chess is the next best thing — a European chess game with a 3D graphics mode to view the game from a diagonal perspective and pieces that are 2D sprites of humans drawn to look like their board counterparts. In Battle Chess pawns are small infantrymen carrying spears, while knights are more heavily armed and armored. Here, bishops dress in religious garb, and kings and queens wear their appropriate finery with crowns. Rooks (rock towers) turn into monstrous creatures when they move.
The game allows you to set sides to human or computer controlled, with ten difficulty levels. You can change the settings at any point in the game. With each subsequent AI difficulty level the CPU takes up more thinking time, but you can force the CPU to make a move through a menu command. If you prefer a more normal looking board or don't want to see the fighting 3D graphics, the game also offers a top down view with traditional chess pieces. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide