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Game #3322
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Detective Chess    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Indie Underdogs
Strategy   Board - Western

Rating: 7.68 (19 votes)

Detective Chess box cover

Detective Chess screenshot
Detective Chess is an original and amazingly addictive puzzle game based on the rules of Chess. As the official description says, “... the idea comes from some puzzles invented by Jaime Poniachik, and published in one of Martin Gardner's "Puzzles from other Worlds" column.

In this game, the computer places some Chess pieces in random positions on a chessboard, but does not show them as such. Instead their squares are marked, but you do not know which piece is which. Your job is to deduce which piece is on which square. You are given clues (hence the name!) in the form of numbers on some squares. These numbers represent the number of pieces attacking each square - i.e. those which could move to it according to the normal rules of Chess. The computer always generates exactly enough clues to solve the position. The shareware version of Detective Chess will generate an infinite number of such positions. Certain other options are also available - for example you can cause every square to be numbered, and the five squares not marked, or change the board size. For a small registration fee, further options can be activated - more pieces, non-standard pieces and others!”

With a virtually unlimited number of puzzles, easy-to-use interface, and addictive premise, Detective Chess is definitely one of the best brainteasers – Chess-related or not—I have ever come across. If you are a fan of Chess puzzles or challenging brainteasers in general, you will love Detective Chess as much as I do. The registered version is will worth the $9.95 price tag, and you can even buy the game as part of many value bundles Bindweed is selling. Two thumbs up, way up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Gerry Quinn
Developer: Bindweed
Publisher: Bindweed
Year: 1999
Software Copyright: Gerry Quinn
Theme: Unique, Shareware
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:   Official site
Related Links:  
If you like this game, try: N-Knights & N-Queens, Fathom It!, Tiler's Torment

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