Real Checkers

Traditional checkers game with a 3D board and computer-simulated gameplay

6.6

56 Votes

  • Category Checkers & Chess
  • License Free
  • Size 2.00 MB
  • Works under Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98
  • Language English
  • Program by Gametop

Real Checkers is a fun way to play the board game known as Draughts in the United Kingdom and Checkers in the USA on the computer. This is great when no-one else is available to play as the player competes against the CPU. There is also a two-player option to play against a friend without the need to find a physical board and the tokens!

Checkers is played on a board very similar to a chess-board, marked with 64 squares, laid out in an eight-by-eight configuration, alternately coloured black and white or black and red. There are twelve pieces per side, and each piece is of equal value, initially. The pieces are laid out on the black squares, filling up the three rows closest to each player. This means that the middle two rows are left bare, while all other black squares are filled. Unlike chess, black starts, so the players must decide who will play which colour before the game begins. Players attempt to move their pieces across the board, attacking their opponent's pieces. Attacking is achieved by jumping over the piece into a clear space beyond, rather than by moving the piece onto the square occupied by the piece being taken, as with chess. Players can take multiple pieces if the board is laid out in such a way that there are a series of pieces, each with one clear space in between them. All play takes place on the black squares and thus all movement is diagonal and forward (the latter is expected when attacking). In some variants, it is possible to create a 'flying king'. This flying king can move backwards, which is useful to claim pieces that have thus far evaded capture. Any pieces that make it to the other side of the board can be made into a king, usually indicated by putting two of the pieces on the board, one on top of the other. The aim of the game is to defeat the opponent by winning all their pieces.

This computer game captures the fun and excitement of the game and can be set to varying levels of difficulty according to the player preference. The 3D graphics are clear and interesting, and there is even a soundtrack to soothe the player as he or she ponders the next move.

Pros

  • All the excitement of checkers/ draughts
  • Good graphics and smooth gameplay
  • Play the computer or a friend

Cons

  • Some players find the computer too easy an opponent to beat
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