This review is to be written about the Oculus Quest version of Chess Club, a turn-based chess game with multiple variations in multiplayer mode.
I love chess! Although I’m not good at it and haven’t played much in recent years, this app brought back a lot of memories from when I used to play regularly many years ago. At first, I didn’t like anything about this app. The graphics are really bad, the pieces don’t sit well on the board (they fall over constantly), and it’s slow to load between moves. Loading takes 3-5 seconds each time, which is unbearable every time you make a move.
But then I tried playing against another person who was right next to me. It is so much fun when you can physically move the pieces, rather than using your remote controller. It was a lot better than online play.
I think it would be cool if there were more chess variations, maybe some other board games too. Of course, that will require an update with new code and graphics which is not possible for the developer at this point. However, I know I would love to see what else could be done in future versions. The graphics are really not that bad! They are supposed to look outdated but modern. Overall, I think the game is appealing to people who want an old school chess game with multiplayer capabilities in VR format.
The app has just been released so there are bound to be bugs in it, but hopefully they will get worked out in future updates.
Based on the gameplay, I give this app 3 out of 5 stars. It would be nice if there were different chess variations and the graphics could be made to look better but it is still fun to play with friends in multiplayer mode! The chess pieces are very cute too! Good job!
I think the developer has potential.
If this app had better graphics, it’d be the perfect chess game for Quest! Unfortunately, though, I don’t think it’s worth $5 because of how slow and bad it is otherwise. But if you really love chess, you might want to check this one out. Just take into consideration that the load time is really slow.
We recommend Chess Club for players who enjoy playing chess with friends in real life face-to-face, or multiplayer games that require you to be serious and quick. We do not recommend Chess Club for players who want to play chess alone, or players who want to turn their chess game into an immersive VR experience with graphics like no other.