InstantChess implemented in UWP form

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Covered here back in July in Windows Phone 8.1 form, InstantChess has now been officially implemented as a UWP app/game, meaning that it plays nicely with Continuum displays and also runs nicely on Windows 10 on tablets and on the desktop. Same instant chess against random opponents, but a nicer and more future proof interface.

From my original coverage:

Never mind Pokemon Go - multi-player chess is even more addictive. I already looked at chess against your phone, but it's easy to ditch that since the phone's CPU really doesn't mind if you take a break. Plus it can't gloat when you're doing badly. But pitch yourself against another human being and we're in 'darned if I'm going to let them win' territory - making InstantChess very addictive indeed. With the average game maxing out at half an hour and strict 15 minute time controls per player, you'll be at this for 25 minutes or so, and then another 25 and another, and so on. And soon you'll have spent a whole day trying to beat strangers at chess!

With tens of thousands of players worldwide, of all different abilities, matching up to an 'instant' game really is just that - instant. No hanging around in a lobby. All the games are managed by - and recorded by - the InstantChess servers (managed from the UK, as it happens) and, if you so desire, you can share or email a link to a game in order to analyse it later on the InstantChess web site.

And here's the new UWP app version in action (not that the displays are that different - heck, you can play InstantChess on the web too!):

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A game in progress, the usual vanilla interface - swipe to move! (right) the available chat options, enough for the purpose without you getting sidetracked by chitter-chatter?

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There are lots of piece styles to choose from, should you want something more photo-realistic; (right) ah - I blundered and had to resign. Oops....

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Configuring InstantChess - though most options are for when you're 'pro', as it were... See below.

In terms of monetisation, it's account based if you want maximum features and flexibility:

I've played several games and haven't seen an ad so far under Windows on my phone, but maybe they start coming in later on. It's £7 or so for a year of ad-free play using the InstantChess servers - this also gives you greater clock flexibility and customisable time controls. Seems like a very good deal to me if you're a chess nut - the IAP options in, for example, the iOS game can work out a lot more expensive. Credit to the InstantChess folks for trying different monetisation options on the various platforms and I hope they're making ends meet!

Playing against a human being adds a massive dose of unpredictability that you just don't get by playing against machines. Challenging and recommended.

You can grab the InstantChess UWP app here in the Store (if you have an 8.1 device then you'll just get that version instead).

Source / Credit: Store