Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Knight-time Practice

These two free on-line computer "knight" games were mentioned at Susan Polgar's magnificent chess blog. Personally, I can't really play them for more than a minute or two because of some painful RSI conditions, but from what I have seen of them they look like fun and could actually help your children (or yourself for that matter) learn to move and more effectively use the knight in an actual game of chess. I suspect they are also highly addictive - so you've been warned.

Crazy Chess - Chess comes to life, in this original, highly addictive real-time chess game by 2DPlay. Play as the White Knight, engaged in a fierce battle of skill against the dreaded army of Black Pawns. Defend your castle against their merciless onslaught by moving in the knight's 'L' move to kill the pawns. But here's where it gets a gazillion times more exciting - it's not turn-based! Move your Knight as fast as you can, across the board, taking out the black pawns and halting their attack march towards your castle. There are also some really neat power-ups of speed, stealth, freeze and destruction to name a few. This is a game like no other - it's Crazy Chess!

Play here at www.2dPlay.com or from Susan's original link at www.filebomb.com play here.

Troyis - The Chess Knight Puzzle Game. Welcome to Troyis, probably the most original and addictive puzzle game since Tetris! The funniest way to train your brain in minutes a day! How to play: Paint all the white cells on the board as quickly as possible, by way of the chess knight movement rule (L-shape). The faster you are, the more points and better world ranking you will get. Easy to start, but difficult to master...

USA TODAY from United States says: This clever online game utilizes the knight's movement from chess. It sounds simple; trust us on that and we'll let you figure out for yourself that it's also insanely addictive. — AG

Play here at http://www.troyis.com.

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