Chess Ultra

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

86%

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Based on 21 critic reviews
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8 / 10
Jun 28, 2017

Chess Ultra is one of the best chess games available at the moment, but is let down by the blurriness in the VR portion of the game that puts some strain on the eyes. Aside from this shortcoming, Chess Ultra is basically the complete package for chess fans, and for those who would like to get into chess due to featuring the in depth tutorials and guides that educate about one of the world's oldest games.

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9 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2017

Chess will always be chess, but with its glorious presentation and wealth of options, Chess Ultra is a Queen in a genre filled with Pawns.

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Jun 29, 2017

Chess Ultra is a really solid game of chess. It looks beautiful and has some quality tranquil music that varies by the locations elected, including a few songs with lyrics. The robust tutorial and vast number of challenges ensure that solo players can learn the game and have a great time, and cross-platform multiplayer is awesome too.

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8 / 10
Nov 17, 2017

A videogame based on chess requires some particular assets to stand out and Chess Ultra on the Nintendo Switch fulfills all the requests in ways that make it a very welcome addition to the system's catalog. Thanks to its impressive variety of game modes, its choice of difficulty levels that are very suitable to all sorts of players and a high quality audiovisual component, Chess Ultra is an outstanding game that should be on everyone's radar.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2017

Chess Ultra is a nice little game to own. When Nintendo first began marketing the Switch, they really hammered home the idea of taking it where you go, and playing it to pass the time. I feel that this title is a perfect example of that. If a player has a few hours to kill, it's probably best to play a big game like Super Mario Odyssey or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. On the other hand, if someone has a mere few minutes to spare, turning on the Switch and playing a match of Chess would surely suffice.

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8 / 10
Nov 3, 2017

Chess Ultra is a welcome arrival on the Nintendo Switch; it's a visual treat, while also soothing you with pleasant music as you engage in a tough match. There are plenty of options and variety for online and offline matches, with the former being particularly enjoyable if you're able to get into a real-time contest. With Tournament play and some well constructed Challenges on board, along with Tutorials for newcomers, it ticks most boxes. It's another checkmate for the Switch eShop.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2018

Chess Ultra is an almost perfect digital recreation of the classic game. It's visually appealing, provides numerous features to tailor-make your experience and relies on few gimmicks to sell Chess as a video game.

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5 / 5.0
Jun 26, 2017

Sure, CHESS ULTRA is chess but it's some very good looking chess and more importantly, it plays very well on the PlayStation 4 with some great multiplayer and a really fun VR mode… I just hope to god I still have my soul!

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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 3, 2018

Chess Ultra is a great chess game and a welcome addition to the Switch's digital library of titles. Its in-depth tutorial offers a useful starting point for those new to the sport, while challenges, AI difficulties, and customizable matches ensure that established players have the tools needed to improve their game in a variety of formats. While the lack of a real-time filter for matchmaking is a bummer, Chess Ultra more than justifies its budget price tag of $12.50. Whether you are a grandmaster or a complete novice, Chess Ultra is a worthy entry into the world of virtual chess.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2017

What resonated with me the most was just how accessible it is to players of all skill levels. For newcomers, tutorials and novice level computers help to ease you into the game. And for veterans, challenge modes and difficulty up to Grandmaster will certainly be a test of your skill. While I found some set pieces to be unusable and wish there was an online option for a continuous game, these were merely minor complaints in an otherwise outstanding offering from developer Ripstone.

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