Star Wars Chess (1993)

Star Wars Chess, released in 1993 by Software Toolworks for both the IBM PC and the Sega CD, was one of many chess games to rip off the gameplay style of Battle Chess, by Interplay. Like Battle Chess, Star Wars Chess is a real chess game that uses replaces traditional chess board pieces with characters from the Star Wars universe.

As you can see in this video (uploaded to YouTube by Napostriouf), as each piece is taken (killed), a humorous animation is played. Although the animations aren’t too bad, some of the voice acting is downright terrible. It wouldn’t surprise me if the programmers simply played rock-paper-scissors to determine who got to do the voices.

Goofy voices and long loading times aside, Star Wars Chess uses the same engine as Software Toolworks’ Chessmaster, and as such, plays a decent game of chess.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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