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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Spyglass Board Games offers a fun new take on classic board games, like Chess, Checkers, Mancala, and Reversi. Play and chat socially on Xbox Live, or play against the computer. Use the Xbox LIVE Vision camera to personalize the game board, playing pieces, and video effects. Each game has custom pieces to choose from, such as a rook made of stone, or a furry checkers piece with cute gleaming eyes. Customizable pieces: Choose custom game pieces that range from traditional marble, to metallic silver, to fuzzy and wiggling gel. Twelve achievements: Twelve achievements are offered ranging from easy, such as playing all four games, to more challenging, such as taking all four corners in Reversi. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. On the surface, there's not much to Spyglass Board Games. [Aug 2007, p.81]
  2. Chess, Draughts and two other games you'll never play - all of which do everything you'd expect. [Dec 2007, p.96]
  3. Getting to play chess or checkers online against friends is pretty much the sole reason to own this ramshackle collection of games.
  4. 45
    Are most casual gamers willing to pay 400 Microsoft Points (US$5) for Chess and Checkers? Probably not.
  5. The inconsistent AI vacillates between being way too easy to soundly beating me — sometimes while playing the same board game!
  6. Advanced video chat...and same old games. [Oct 2007, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Aaace5
    Aug 4, 2007
    It's pretty clear that when you make this purchase, you are buying chess and checkers - with two bonus games added to make the package look better! I only play chess and checkers, and don't have a clue what the other games are even about, nor do I care! These games are good as is... but it helps if you play against someone you know. The games are too simple to judge these games by any technical standards. If you like chess and checkers and want to try two extra games this is a good deal. Just don't expect this package to have alot of flash like most other XBLA games... it's about as plain as hardwood spades! Expand
  2. MatC.
    Aug 22, 2007
    Flat out, this should have been a free release. Chess? OK, there are 1000 features that are in every other chess game, but this is just as basic a game as it gets. Same with checkers. The rest is fluff. The reality is that the CPU is blindingly simple, and the game lacks any reason to pay for it. Expand
  3. Daniel
    Oct 21, 2007
    Only buy this to play chess with a friend online or are a hardcore competitive chess player and have to play it on Xbox Live. The game is very bare bones. It doesn't have features you would expect it to have. There Expand