I like to play chess quite a lot, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that chess could be so much fun in 3D. This is what fascinated me in Urja right from the start, as a cautiously started to explore one of the 12 game worlds.

My first steps in were filled with fright, especially because I did not know what to expect. Then, a pawn came in front of me and started to attack. This is when I started to understand the game mechanics, which I personally think that they are very easy to learn.

Real player with 5.3 hrs in game

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When you first get into this shooter you feel like you’ve arrived into a land of the crazy - smoothly gliding entities disguised as shiny chess pieces move around some surreal landscape structures, totally ignoring you and each other they collect energy drops left from random meteorite hits and just keep strafing here and there.. when you try pushing buttons you discover your shooting ability depletes that energy from your pawn body - and if you are unlucky to hit someone the elder pieces move over to prosecute you without a trial. You like: ‘Wut?!’, and after you find the manual you like: ‘It’s the stranges gameplay I’ve seen!’

Real player with 3.4 hrs in game

Urja on Steam

Simply Chess

Simply Chess

This is a free game, which means it doesn’t really matter whether I “recommend” it or not. So I won’t recommend it, and you’re gonna get it anyway. Everybody wins. Unless you try the multiplayer, which is a fate worse than death. But we’ll get to that.

I guess it’s a decent enough chess simulator, but there are some glaring problems that leaves it an unsatisfactory experience.

The most absurd characteristic that you’ll soon notice is that computer black never, ever - EVER! - plays the Sicilian defense, the line which is statistically the most advantageous for black. I didn’t see it once, even after beating all 100 computer levels, with hundreds of games as white (I have no idea how many, as you can’t “resign” games against the computer, and losing games that you simply exit are not counted in the statistics). The engine does love the Scandinavian defense though. Get used to seeing that.

Real player with 68.7 hrs in game

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I am only writing this review because this game does in fact deserve positive feedback. I am very disappointed at how the Steam community immediately give negative feedback to newly released games as if the game was already in its finalized form. This basically gives the developers no morale or reason to continue improving their game since the rating has already been decided by the sheer ignorance of the community.

Real player with 51.1 hrs in game

Simply Chess on Steam