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Chessmaster 9000 - Mac (Epic)

by Feral Interactive
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Platform: Mac
  • Smart, popular chess software
  • Learn how to play like a master
  • Incredible 3-D sets, boards, and backgrounds
  • Tons of features to improve learning
  • For 1 or 2 players

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Platform: Mac
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  • ASIN: B0000VMIM2
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 6, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,483 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Platform: Mac

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From the Manufacturer

Discover the fun of mastering the game of chess in the latest edition of the best-selling chess brand available. Chessmaster 9000 is not only the most fun you'll have playing chess, it's also the most comprehensive chess program available and the only one that will improve your level of play. Learn how to master your opponent, how to find the best moves, and how to shut out distractions. Improve your play immediately with the new Blunder Alert feature. Test your skills with the new Endgame Quiz from US Chess Champion and Grand Master, Larry Evans. Chessmaster 9000 will be your teacher, mentor, and ultimate opponent.

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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   

(1) Make sure you have the necessary hardware/software before buying this.

(2) Of the three documentation sets, the Manual.pdf file CM9000 installs

on your hard drive is the most thorough.

Chessmaster has long been the most popular Mac commercial chess program.

It has been over 3.5 years since the last version (Chessmaster 6000)

was updated (April 2001), so I was excited to receive it today.

Chessmaster 9000 is OS X native and comes on a DVD full of goodies.

The minimum hardware/software requirements are high, though.

Both the package documentation and the publisher's Web site

(Feral Interactive) say you need:

- DVD player ( the Chessmaster DVD must be in your DVD drive to play)

- Mac OS 10.2 (minimum) or higher

- 256 MB RAM, 1.3 GB free hard drive space, Quicktime 6

If your setup doesn't meet these criteria, then Chessmaster 6000 Mac,

which Amazon also sells, is an alternative.

My copy came with a 20 page hardcopy manual, a 54 page manual

in Acrobat format (Manual.pdf) that was installed on my hard drive,

and a 68 page copy of the 2-yr old Windows version manual (?!)

accessible by the Help: Chessmaster Help menu option. The

Manual.pdf file seemed the most useful.

The program features are arranged in five areas:

- Classroom: tutorials, drills, tests, problems, annotated games at four levels

- Game Room: play games for fun, with lots of help from Chessmaster

- Library: View any of 800 classic annotated games from 1619-2002

- Tournament: Play games for score - no hints, takebacks, etc.
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127 of 133 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cannot play without the DVD January 5, 2005
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This program has many fine features but they are useless to those of us with a laptop who do not want to carry the DVD with us.

Each time you load the program you must insert the DVD or it will not work. The manufacturer has every right to insert this copy protection feature but the buyer should be warned. I would not have spent the $40 for this program had I known about this limitation. I am away from home a lot and want to use the program to relax during little breaks from study and writing.

If every program used this kind of copy protection we would have to carry a lot of DVDs with us and constantly search through them for the right one every time we wanted to load a program. This would be ridiculous.

For those who are comfortable with this feature and have all the hardware to run it properly it is a fine value worth five stars.

ADDITION: The program interferes with other programs.

One of the advantages of the Mac X operating system is that you can run a bunch of programs at the same time, switching between them as needed or desired.

Chessmaster 9000 has interfered with two of my programs. Even though I turn all of the sound off in Chessmaster 9000, it blocks iTunes from running. It also stops macros from running in Microsoft Word for the Mac.

The program may not be suitable for users who would like to have it running or loaded while they have another program on.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I just got Chessmaster 9000 for Mac in the mail today, and I'm already having quite a bit of fun with it. I'm a bit crazy, I already had Chessmaster 9000 for the PC, but I don't have a PC anymore and figured that it wouldn't be any fun to play in Virtual PC (rating - 0 stars), so I picked up the Mac version.

The Mac version is pretty much identical. It's got lots of great lessons, and more gameplay options than could ever be fully explored. I think the game actually seems a bit smoother on Mac than on PC.

For those complaining, it seems that Feral has finally let the patches out of beta, and the game now works pretty smoothly on OS X 10.4, Tiger. This is what finally prodded me into purchasing the game. I haven't seen any problems yet, but one: no online play available. I'm not sure this is a big deal, I'll give it a try on another day and see if it works, if not, I'll contact support.

This game is fun and educational. I would give it five stars, except for the copy protection issue that requires that the DVD be inserted to play the game. This STINKS! I would like to take the game with me wherever I have my laptop, but the idea of carrying a $40 DVD with me, when it's likely to get lost or scratched, doesn't appeal to me. I wish developers wouldn't pull these kinds of tricks. Otherwise, I would have gladly given it 5 stars.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chessmaster 9000 For Mac Will Not Run January 28, 2009
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Although it is not stated in the product description or on the box itself, this program will not run on OS X Leopard 10.5.6. Additionally, Feral Interactive never responded to various requests for support. The product had to be returned.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great with Intel Macs March 22, 2006
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Chessmaster 9000 (Mac) is a great game. It provides excellent interactive tutorials for beginning chess players, many different piece styles, and playing options. It also is very playable on the new Intel Macs even though it is running in Rosetta. The only issues I have noticed is the video on the splash screen at startup is a bit choppy. I upgraded my version to 1.02 from Apple's (Feral's would also work) website before running the program.

The user can select between 2d, fixed 3d look, or full 3d with adjustable camera angles. It even includes my favorite chess set, Isle of Lewis, which I am currently carving out of wood, so the game gives me a nice reference for the piece plans. The pieces are well detailed, but show some rough pixel edges.

The game has all sorts of useful hints and tips, such as a blunder alert to notify you if you are about to make a mistake, replays that let you analyze every move (so you can kick yourself when you realize you could have check-mated), and a move advisor. The move advisor not only tells you where you should move, but why you should move there.

Overall this is a well thought out game, with good graphics, playability, and function. If you upgrade to the latest version you should avoid many of the problems that others were having with playability. It also pleases me that it plays so well on the new Intel iMacs. I would recommend this for the beginner, or for a much more experienced player. It offers something for everyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Does not work on new Macs
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Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Mac format product,is not supported by Mac
Apple no longer supports the format of this software, so the program can not be installed and is therefore useless.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It didn't work for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great program, once Feral and I solved the install problems.
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