Released about two weeks ago, Chess Wars [iTunes] by Blunder Move incorporates Facebook Connect functionality to allow you to challenge opponents and make your moves all from the comfort of your iPhone or iPod Touch. The app’s ultra-clean interface will not get in the way while you wield chess mastery over your friendly foes. The first order of business, of course, is to find someone to play against. This person will need to be your friend on Facebook and will also need to have the Chess Wars app (the developer’s website mentions that a web client is planned for the future). Once identified as meeting these criteria, you are able to issue a challenge and the game is underway. For your friends who do not yet have the app, you can send them an invitation, which presumably offers them a link to quickly locate the application in the App Store.
The game board is very well represented, with easily identifiable pieces and, for chess novices, the legal moves highlighted when a piece is selected. An in-game chat offers the ability to taunt (or praise, if you so choose) your opponent with witty banter. The chat messages and the move notifications can also be sent to the Facebook account (this is turned on by default). The previous moves registered in the game are always available for careful review, quiet contemplation and perhaps a bit of uninhibited consternation.
Since the game’s success is dependent on widespread adoption, it has been priced accordingly at the minimum 99 cents. Sure, there are other chess apps in the App Store which feature an AI to play against. This app is clearly positioned as the choice for playing against your Facebook friends and it’s also 100% anti-KRAPPS Certified!
The game currently has a few issues for which the developer has already submitted an update. These are mostly minor annoyances and do not detract from gameplay.