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FRITZ & CHESTER VOL 1 (PC)

by Excalibur Video games publishing
Windows XP / Vista
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Learn to play chess with characters Fritz and Chesster
  • Explore the kingdom and discover 7 arcade-style games
  • Explains everything from chess basics to master strategies
  • Includes a bonus 1 year membership to PlayChess.com, a $19.99 value
  • For 1 or 2 players
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM
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  • ASIN: B000150072
  • Release Date: 1 Jun 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,491 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

On their trip around the kingdom the three encounter the daunting King Black, who challenges them to a game of chess. But Fritz doesn't know how to play. Thankfully he is able to learn the game on the rest of his trip. The first lesson comes when they see two sumo wrestlers fighting in a ring. The wrestlers are too fat to approach each other directly, so they always stay at least one square apart. They move around the board blocking each other off. The principle of Fritz Chesster is that you can insert the

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fritz and Chesster 16 Nov 2004
We bought this game for our six year old and he has loved it. It starts with very simple games which teach how the different pieces move and moves on to exercises which teach rules and strategy. It has taken him from knowing nothing about chess to being able to play a full game (at a basic level) against the computer, all in a fun and interesting way. We love the way chesster the mouse can play at so many levels, so that my son can play him and win and yet always be challenged. This is a genuinely fantastic way for a child to learn to play chess, i highly recommend it!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb software for young and old 18 Oct 2004
By A Customer
We have the German version of this CDRom, which has been available in Germany for some time now and has clocked up excellent reviews there. Our five-year-old and all his friends love it and we love it too. Younger children may need some help getting through the first stages. Parents may get addicted.
The graphics, the music, the game ideas are wonderful. Learn to get your opponent's king in opposition by doing some sumo wrestling, or learn how the bishop moves by breaking toilet bowls with a ricocheting ball, or play a real chess game (you can ask for a tip if you need assistance) and check out the reserve benches to see how many points you have captured. There are various opponents to choose from, some of which are hopeless, so even I get a chance to win!
There is a wide variety of games and exercises to hone your skills and there are trophies to collect in your trophy cupboard. It is a really fun way to learn chess, without even realising you're learning.
This is a CDRom you won't be selling second hand in 6 months' time.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn chess 16 Dec 2003
By Claire
This is a brilliant game for children. There's lot of action and interactive lessons to help children to learn how to play chess as they join forces with Prince Fritz to take on the evil Black King in a chess duel. The graphics are great with a catchy story line which is extremey funny in places.
Our son is six and found no problems with navigating around the screens. He really liked the mini-games that introduce each of the pieces and the taking mouse who acts as the chess coach. If you want your children to play chess, then this is the game to help them grasp the fundementals
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for kids 6 Sep 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This software kept my six year old son out of mum's hair for several hours in the school holidays. As other reviewers have mentioned, navigating around the various options can be very long winded and sometimes the language used can be perceived as mildly rude but neither of these issues put off my son who was able to use the software on his own without bothering his parents, except to show them the virtual trophy cabinet with the trophies he had won for completing the various tasks! This version (which ran quite happily on windows 7 for me ) is quite clearly aimed at complete beginners so if you're looking for software that teaches opening, middle-game and endgame techniques then you'll need to look elsewhere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars frustrating 17 Sep 2007
By S. Hill
I bought this to help me to teach a class of children chess, but it will be no use at all. The endless stories, the fact there's no menu and you have to follow these children around a long long path in order to get anywhere (and ESC seems to be the only way of stopping them and being able to exit) - it all makes the CD completely useless for our needs. I'm sure that, based on these positive reviews, it's a very good resource if you're at home with endless time and patience, but no good for us at all.
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