Chess has been around for a very long time and computer chess for a few hundred years, for while the first chess computer may have beer, mechanical, it was still a computer at heart. Micro computer chess has been around since just after home micros arrived. There have been many attempts - some good, some indifferent and some plain bad, but there still seems to be an interest in producing more. Occasionally you do get chess games with a gimmick: speech synthesis, 3D displays and now there's one with music that plays throughout the game.
There are seven skills levels to play, ranging from easy to exceptionally difficult. Time between moves increases considerably on higher levels. You can choose from a wide selection o- openings for the computer to start with or you can let it pick one at random. One or two people can play or the computer can play against itself.
Options to turn the music off, changes sides, change level and set up the hoard are included. From the main menu you can also load programs that cover rules, openings, mid game and endgame.
The tune is played throughout the game, except for when the computer is thinking. Sound effects are minimal, but it, is a chess game after all. Graphically its nothing out of the ordinary, with the board viewed from above and colours that can be changed to suit your monitor.
What, can you say about a chess program that hasn't been said a million times before? £15 isn't much really, but then it's not the best chess game around. That honour still goes to Colossus Chess 40 by CDS (AA8: u whacking 92%). If you want music while you play, put on a record.
FIRST DAY TARGET: Beat the computer on level 3