Game Review by Patrick B.
Game Rating = 3/5 Balls
I’ve played many chess-related video games throughout my life, some have been good, others, terrible. Most however, were simply unmemorable, and stuck in an everlasting, mediocore void. Unfortunately, I must say that Hexagonal Chess has also fallen into that category. To be fair, it goes slightly farther than most traditional Chess games, but fails to do so in a compelling way.
Hexagonal Chess is very generic as far as gameplay goes. As soon as you start the program, you are presented with a brownish screen, that is surrounded by various options. In the center, there is a “chess board”. The twist is that it is made up of hexagonal pieces, and is a hexagon itself. The chess pieces are aligned normally, and they all retain their traditional rules. To move a piece, you simply click on a character, and drag it onto a hexagon. Legal moves are represented by white dots inside the hexagons. It follows the rules for traditional Chess, but lacks any option for changing the AI difficulty. In addition to Chess, you can choose to play 3 other games: Checkers, Corners, and Nard. Each of the games decent; each allows the user to play a well matched game against the computer.
The graphics in this game are thouroughly unimpressive. Basically, there are the pieces, a brown-tinted hexagonal board, and some bland animations. This isn’t a huge issue, since the main purpose of this game is simply to play board games and simple graphics help focus attention on the game. However a much nicer looking game could have been easily created with minimal effort. Not to mention, the graphics are unappealing, and will only succeed in turning your eyes away from the game.
There is absolutely no sound present in this game. This further adds to the sloppy feeling. A few sound effects would really help to “spice up” the game a little bit, and take away from it’s boring nature. By not incorporating audio, the developers added onto the blandness of the game.
Creativity and Innovation
This is the only area where Hexagonal Chess redeems itself, if only slightly. Normally, Chess is played on a square board, but Hexagonal Chess is played on a hexagon. This is an interesting concept, but since no adjustments were made to the rules, it will quickly become “more of the same”.
Hexagonal Chess isn’t a total failure. For it’s cheap price of $11.99, it offers a simple way to play 4 classic board games. It’s simple graphics and lack of distractions will also appeal to players that wish to focus only on the gameplay, and it tries to incorporate a new concept into these games. However, it isn’t a very interesting game; the bland graphics, lack of creativity, and overall lack of polish should make you think twice before buying it. For $11.99, it isn’t too bad a way to get reacquainated with some old favorites, but don’t expect anything too impressive.