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3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6

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  1. Daniel
    Oct 21, 2007
    2
    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
  2. MatC.
    Aug 22, 2007
    3
    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.
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    On the surface, there's not much to Spyglass Board Games. [Aug 2007, p.81]
  2. It’s nicely constructed and attractive, but doesn’t provide compelling reasons to play it a lot either—unless you already own an Xbox 360 and know another Xbox 360 owner with which you’d like to compete in any or all of these games regularly.
  3. 45
    Are most casual gamers willing to pay 400 Microsoft Points (US$5) for Chess and Checkers? Probably not.