Simply Chess is (as you may expect) a Chess game that allows you to lock horns with others in local or online multiplayer battles of wits.
Even though Simply Chess is 100% free it offers a nice selection of features – both visually and gameplay wise. You have access to a variety of Chess Sets and boards, all viewable in 2D and 3D (with camera control), and all nicely uncluttered, allowing you to focus on what’s important – the Chess. As well as being playable in single player against the world class ‘Stockfish’ AI with 100 difficulty levels, you can play local multiplayer and online multiplayer (in which asynchronous play is a very welcome feature).
Perhaps crucially for an online board game there’s a sizeable user-base, so you never have to wait too long to start a game. Also, as it’s a Steam game, it has achievements, and an online leaderboard so you can see how well you’re stacking up against the rest of the world.
There are many multiplayer board games, but very few that have the pure tactical gameplay of Chess – there are no dice rolls, no luck of the draw and no handicaps, just an even battlefield and deeply strategic gameplay as one player attempts to out-wit the other. Simply Chess does a great job of bringing this age-old game to an online multiplayer environment, thanks to it’s large user-base, clean visuals, and asynchronous play. Certainly worth check-ing out.
Controls: Mouse – Point & Click
Available On: Windows, Mac & Linux