Bluebush Chess

Strategy 1983 Dos Bluebush Software Board games Top down

Excellent chess experience

Anyone with an interest either in chess games or in those which are historically important should definitely check out Bluebush Chess, offering as it does a decent game of chess, while also being significant for being one of the earliest such games available. The first thing you'll notice about the game is that the visuals are surprisingly chunky, with a board which takes up the whole screen, and which is a nice contrast to other such games which relegate the board to a surprisingly small portion. Moving on from this, you have a few options to play around with, with multiple skill levels available depending on your own personal experience, some colour choices to add some variety and a few other bits and bobs, including in-game help. This latter option comes in particularly helpful for newcomers to the exciting world of computer-based chess and might even be useful for those who consider themselves old hands. You can watch a demo game but the real fun starts when you jump right in, and it's here that Bluebush scores some major points. The system is a very intelligent one, with a massive selection of known moves and with an AI that is both challenging and cunning, even on some of the lower skill settings. It really tests you to bring your best moves so if you are looking for a new opponent to prove your worth, this is a good bet. The interface is pleasingly straightforward, making use of the cursor keys so if you're not familiar with standard chess notation, this isn't a problem. Really, if you are looking for another good chess game to go along with Colossus Chess and aren't worried about the visual flash of Battle Chess, then this is a great choice.

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