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Pure Chess
by Mike Rose 27/4/2012
Product: Pure Chess
Developer: VooFoo Studios
Publisher: Ripstone
Format: PS Vita
Genre: Card/ board game
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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With asynchronous multiplayer gameplay on the rise, it stands to reason that developers will apply the technology to the classics.

Pure Chess for the PS Vita does just this, offering an asynchronous approach to the old-as-the-fathers-of-the-hills boardgame in which two Vita players can challenge each other and watch a game play out over the course of days, weeks, or even months.

If you've played Chess, you'll know what to expect. You're presented with a board loaded with assorted pieces and your goal is to trap your opponent's king and force a checkmate.

If you haven't played Chess before there are handy tutorials that do a perfectly adequate job of explaining the ins and outs of the game, as well as some of the finer tactical points. ...
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Pure Chess attempts to bring asynchronous play to a classic and fails, but the single-player is still worth the entry fee
Audio/visual: 8
Gameplay: 7
Value: 8
Innovation: 6
Overall: 7
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