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Works great with Intel Macs,
This review is from: Chessmaster 9000 - Mac (Epic) (CD-ROM)
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.