Have fun playing chess in Windows 8 with these top apps that we have handpicked from the Windows Store. Initially, we featured only four chess games and apps for your Windows 8 tablet but in time we have discovered more that we want to share with you.
Chess, the sport of the mind. This wonderful game that millions of people around the world play and enjoy has not been upgraded in Windows 8 as part of the Windows Games collection. Nonetheless, those passionate about chess can still rejoice at the thought that there are lots of great quality chess apps to choose from. Some of you might still long for the Chess Titans game from Windows 7, so use these Windows 8 chess apps with all confidence, as they will not disappoint you.
We’ll be taking a look at some of these chess games for Windows 8 and see which are the very best and deserve to be your opponents and chess companions in the same time. Your Windows 8 device will definitely be much more complete with these apps, and we hope that they will please you.
Top 4 Windows 8 Chess Apps
Because the game was not developed by Microsoft as in the past years, developers now have the chance to provide users that love chess with an alternative. And chess games have been popping out all over the Windows 8 store, some great, other, not so much. Here are our top picks for Windows 8 chess apps.
As far as Chess apps go, ValilChess is as simple as they come. No menus, no settings, just open the app and start playing. Although the app’s simplicity is its biggest advantage, it is also its biggest drawback. It does not allow users to modify the game in any way.
There is no possibility to change the board or pieces and the game can only be played against the computer. The game is great for those who like to play a simple game of chess against a pretty strong opponent. Although it does not have any features, ValilChess offers a pretty good experience and that quick game for those who don’t like fiddling with settings and menus.
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A more complex chess app for Windows 8 than ValilChess, Chess4All offers a more complete palette of features, including How To Play tutorial, lectures on chess and chess puzzles. Although the board and pieces cannot be changed, there are other features that will make it interesting.
One of those features is Online Play, which searches for an opponent automatically and lets you play as soon as one is found (usually within a few seconds). You can also play on the same computer with another human player or, if you have a registered account, you can send invitations to your friends and play with them. Of course, the usual player vs. computer is also available.
One of the best looking chess apps we’ve seen so far, The Chess offers users one of the best experiences of chess in Windows 8. The app looks awesome and it gives users the possibility to choose the pieces that they play with (both style and black or white), as well as turn the opponent’s pieces upside down, for a more natural look.
The Chess allows you to play versus computer or versus a human player, and the game can be rated, so you can earn levels and experience. One other interesting feature of the game is the possibility to create a custom game by adding any pieces to the table and continuing the game from there. The game is perfect for more experienced players, as it provides players with more of a challenge than other chess games. And because of this and its other features, we think this is one of the best chess games for Windows 8.
1. Chess Pro
Simple, but also entertaining, Chess Pro is the only paid app in our top (it does allow users to try the app before they buy it) and it deserves the spot it holds on our countdown. It features a simple interface with easy to navigate menus and with cool features. The game can be set to any difficulty, from 1-10, you can choose what color to play with, set player handicap, game timer and move timer. Before you begin the game, you have to choose the board and the piece styles you want to play with.
Upon starting the game, the board is of medium size, the pieces are very distinct and in the right side of the screen you can see which turn it is and the timers of the game. We think that this is the best Windows 8 chess app due to its simple but great features and its overall professional look.
With these apps at your disposal, you can both play chess and learn the beautiful game that it is. You will have matching opponents and when you finished training your skills, you will be able to defeat anyone at chess.
Some more Windows 8 chess apps and games
Just like I was saying in the introduction of this article, we featured initially only four chess games to be played on your Windows 8 tablet. As the Windows Store has seen massive growth, we too have discovered more chess games that we want to share with you. I personally am an avid chess player and I thoroughly enjoy the game on my Windows 8 tablet. So, without further ado, here are some more Windows 8 chess games to be played: