• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2007
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
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  1. Feb 7, 2014
    7
    The chess knowledge contained within the Academy is fantastic, with great commentary and interaction. As a beginner in chess this game greatly expanded my knowledge of strategy/tactics in the openings, middle game, and end game. However, the application itself is clunky and unintuitive. The menus are not the easiest to navigate and the 3D graphics are quite poor, even by 2007 standards.
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73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. The only thing missing from this experience was an actual video of eight-year-old Josh crying at the end of the game. I would have paid a lot of money to see that.
  2. A really great chess game. The presentation values are excellent, and it has a wonderful training mode which includes fully-voiced tutorials from Josh Waitzkin.
  3. PC Gamer
    85
    As a one-stop shop for an entire chess-playing and learning family, this package should last until you're all grand masters. [Apr 2008, p.64]