Video Chess
Atari 2600 game CX-2645

General Information

Developer - Larry Wagner, Bob Whitehead

Publisher - Atari Corporation

Release - 1979

Platform - Atari 2600

Number of players - 1P

Genre - Strategy

Video Chess case

Video Chess is a chess game for the Atari 2600 programmed by Larry Wagner and Bob Whitehead and released by Atari in 1979.

 Video Chess Atari 2600 games

The game is played from an overhead perspective. The player uses an "x" cursor to select and move pieces, rather than using chess notation. If an attempted move is illegal, a warning sound is made and the move is not made.

If the right-most switch is set to A the computer plays as white; setting it to B lets the player play as white. With the left switch, selecting A allows the board to be set as the player pleases, whereas selecting B sets up the board for a regulation chess game.

There are eight different difficulty levels, with the computer-player taking a variable amount of time to determine its moves for each level. The approximate time length ranges between ten seconds (level 8, for beginners) to ten hours (level 7).

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