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A colorized update to 1990's The Chessmaster on Game Boy, Chessmaster for Game Boy Color offers players the opportunity to compete against a computer opponent with 16 varying degrees of skill. The chessboard is viewed from a top-down perspective with eight numbers running down the left margin and eight letters appearing along the top. A hand cursor lets players pick up pieces and move them to the selected square. In addition to single-game matches, players can compete in both timed and blindfold games.
Players new to the game can take advantage of an in-game tutorial option, where allowable moves for each piece are visually depicted on the screen. The game also includes multiple piece graphics, custom colors, an option to rearrange the board or take back moves, and various scenarios to complete. Battery-backed memory lets players resume a game already in progress at a later time. Two-player support is handled via Game Link cable or by alternating turns using one Game Boy Color. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide