Chessmaster 8000 PC

  • Publisher: Mattel
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2000

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Antagonist
    There is no better chess game out there, and any improvement beyond this is moot.
  2. Daily Radar
    If you are simply not into chess, this package isn't going to turn you around, but if you want a sage tome that can rest comfortably on your hard drive for years, this is probably it.
  3. A marvelous learning program that challenges players to think, reason, and plan ahead. The program has a terrific options package, solid graphics and sound. This is the program that you will want if you play chess or ever wanted to learn.
  4. 83
    Apart from all the game rooms and reference sections of the game, there is also a coach function that will analyze your own games and point out possible improvements or weaknesses.
  5. Due to its incredible content and easy interface, the game is one of the best of its kind on the market for both casual and professional players.
  6. CNET Gamecenter
    With Chessmaster 8000, Mattel Interactive doesn't necessarily reinvent its classic series, but it further refines what is already the most comprehensive chess title on the market.
  7. Chess can be intimidating for some people, and the makers of Chessmaster 8000 make it easy for everyone to enjoy the game.
  8. PC Gamer
    Despite some blemishes, it's still the PC's best chess offering. [Apr 2001, p.78]
  9. While it does have some new features and still plays well, it actually falls short of its two predecessors in the important area of multiplayer support.
  10. For those looking for a simple 'opponent' to play against, you might be better off saving your money and simply playing chess online. As its multiplayer capabilities have shown, Chessmaster 8000 does not focus on this aspect of the game.
  11. It's still the best mass market chess game you can buy at your local software shop, but with a few bugs squashed and the fuller featured online features of last years' version revived, it could be a much better program.

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