software really needed a title like this one. Learn to Play Chess
with Fritz and Chesster is a tad slow-moving at times, but its
system is quite effective and the story very charming. Slowly but surely, kids learn the
basics of the game of chess as they follow Fritz and his cousin
Bianca through the castle grounds. The story is that Fritz's
parents, the King and Queen, have decided to take a vacation,
leaving Fritz and Bianca as stand-in royalty. The conniving King
Black jumps on the opportunity to challenge the "king"
to a duel--a chess duel! Fritz will need to brush up on his chess
skills before he takes up the challenge, and that's where kids
Fritz and Bianca make their way through the kingdom toward the
Intelligym, they encounter a series of mini-games that help
acquaint players with simple moves and strategies involved in the
game. For example, the acceptable moves of the king piece are
compared to sumo wrestlers, as pictured at left!
Once they arrive at the Intelligym, kids begin a series of
interactive lessons before they can "duel" with King
Black. Piece by piece, kids learn acceptable moves and plays, and
they practice what they learn.
What sets this title apart is its story line. Children don't
just jump in and learn chess. Instead, they follow an animated
adventure. Also, the mini-games and lessons are strong and,
oftentimes, quite clever. Playing chess requires a fair amount of
patience, and it exercises logical thinking skills. Kids need to
plan ahead as they play. This game offers kids opportunities to
pick up the basics as
well as a few strategies that will help them along the way.
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[Now that the second title in the series is released, this
first title is generally available at discount prices.]