Animal Chess is a game app for the iphone, ipad and ipod touch. It was created for the iphone and ipod touch by Richard Bur and 99 cents though you can play the easy difficulty for free. This app lets you play a strategy board game with pieces that move in different ways which isn’t actually traditional chess. This is something that is difficult to find in the itunes app store and this does a reasonable job with an AI that seems good but not too good.
I had heard of Dou Shou Qi before but just barely and all I knew was that it was a little bit like chess and a little bit like the game stratego. You have a series of pieces that can only kill animals which are weaker than them with the lowest animal able to kill the strongest. The object of the game is to capture the flag. Most of the pieces move only a single square though there are a few with special moves based on the islands in the center of the board.
When you start this app you will begin by seeing the board set up. This is one of the major differences from Stratego which lets you put the pieces where you want and hides them from the opponent. You know exactly what your opponent has all the time. This is both good and bad as it adds strategy but limits interaction.
The graphics and sound of this app are reasonable for the iphone though not great. You can listen to your own music while using this app which is nice because like chess this is a game you can think about moves with and music can make that a bit more interesting.
The greatest weakness of this app is that even at easy the computer is good at this while I have never seen it before. This means that it beats me every time even after I learn the rules and I wish there were a really easy mode for the first few games.
If you are looking for an app that lets you play animal chees on the iphone then you should try this app because the developers have created a fun game and you can at least see how it works before you pay for it and if you are like me you probably don’t need anything but the easy difficulty mode.