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Lego Chess

by LEGO See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / Me / 2000 / XP
Everyone
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B00164AXH4
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,855 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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1998 THE LEGO GROUP


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Download the patch to get it to work on XP SP2 February 14, 2007
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This chess game does work on Windows XP SP2, but you have to download a patch from the software developer to get it to work. You can download the patch at:

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When you first install the game on XP SP2, it does not recognize that the CD is in the computer and it keeps asking for it. The patch eliminates this error. It has good 3D graphics and is not violent like other chess games. My son likes battle chess, but its so small on a modern PC and the audio doesn't work. This lego chess game is a good beginners chess set with fun graphics kids will like.

It's a great value at just under (....) with shipping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Action, Too Little Talk March 30, 2009
I got this program to run just fine with (and even without) the patch. My problems with it are that it's too juvenile in its approach to be a useful teaching tool. The major flaw is that after every capture, there's a cute Lego video which is sure to delight the 7 - 10 year old who likes cartoons. However, if you have a 7 - 10 year old who really wants to learn chess (and like me, you don't play well enough to teach strategy), then the videos become a real hindrance, particularly when the computer opponent captures a piece. As soon as his piece starts to move, the video pops up and you can't see which of your pieces has been taken. Adding to the frustration is the fact that there is no move history to refer to to find out what just happened! Nor is there an assets list that shows your relative remaining strength.

There are a whole bunch of tutorials and exercises, but you can't refer to those without resigning your current game, so it's very hard for a beginner to get help in any particular situation without losing!

All in all, it's an amusing little video game, but not a great resource for learning how to play chess.

BTW, the $44 asking price on this particular listing is way too much. The A to Z Marketplace has it for around $8, which is about right for something like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Gene
My sons love other Lego software products. I was eager to try this one. But I was blocked by the Insert CD error message. But a quick internet search turned up a patch I needed to install (search for: lego chess insert CD). Now it works great.

I'm a software engineer too, just like one of the other reviewers. But finding this fix just takes some common sense. No need for a master's degree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is a patch for this game! August 16, 2007
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Google "LEGO Chess Insert correct cd" and you will find a site at dice dot nl, with it. Looks like amazon wont let you post urls.

My son loves this game.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Useless. Would not run. February 15, 2007
The "Create a Review" combobox did not provide a "zero" star rating or I would have picked that one. I'm in agreement with these other reviews. My wife bought this game at Christmas for our son. I'm a software engineer with a Masters degree and I could not get this game to execute. The Lego website has a FAQ that says you must first run the "configuration" program and then load the actual Chess play program from there. In all instances, I get an error dialog telling me that there is no CD in the CD drive. Lego needs to make a patch available immediately for this bug. There's no excuse for software with such an obvious bug to be made available to consumers. You're telling me this bug never manifested itself once during their beta/integration testing?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the patch! December 27, 2007
By sp
Please get the patch and you will not have problems with this great game.

It really captures a child's inmagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chess for Children that is Fun August 31, 2007
My son (10) loves this program.
Every now and then it freezes up - but most of the time it works just fine. It is educational, clean and seems to be more interesting to him than regular because it is "Legos" and has interactive graphics and sound effects!
And, for the current list price on Amazon ($8.60) you can't go wrong!
I'd say "go for it" if your child is evenly remotely interested in chess, plays with Legos and can click a mouse!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids LOVE this game! June 29, 2007
We have had not problems whatsoever w/ this game, and my ages 6 and 4 children love it. My 6 yr old has been playing chess for a while so she's blazing a path right throught it, but its a fun way for my 4 yr old to learn. My children especially enjoy the little mini movies that are shown when a piece is captured, they are quite humorous for little kids. :o)
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