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** Previously nominated for a BAFTA (Best Interactive Media)! **
** Featured by Apple in it's "New & Noteworthy" section! **
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** Universal App optimized for iPad, iPhone. Retina Graphics.
Dinosaur Chess is the fun way to learn and play chess. Designed to be non-intimidating:
-- Learn how to play chess with 11 bite-sized interactive lessons.
-- Over 20 mini games and puzzles.
-- Play simplified and full chess against 6 beautifully animated dinosaurs.
-- Entertaining and challenging.
-- Learning and playing chess encourage concentration, improves cognitive abilities and rational thinking.
-- Can now play as a Boy Student or as a Girl Student.
-- Multi-student support
For more advanced learners:
-- 8 chess Tactics lessons.
-- The 'Amazing Chess Tactics Machine' game to practice chess tactics/puzzles.
-- Chess Engine can be set to Easy/Medium/Hard
Sign up to Professor MacDinosaur's chess class. You will grow from a hatchling, fresh from the egg, to a huge dinosaur ready to take on the Trex.
The action takes you through different parts of the dinosaur's world from jungles to forests. Here you learn the chess skills that will help you grow enough to defeat the other dinosaurs in battle.
*Excellent step by step approach by Jurassienne_Dole
Lots of examples of the basic moves and tactics and some amusing side games involving dinosaurs. Fun for kids and adults alike and plenty of challenges at all levels.
*Dinosaur Chess by Mls968
This is a great program. The lessons are interesting, and play levels go from easy to difficult. My 4 and 6 year olds are learning the game, and it's helping novice players like my wife and I too. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to introduce their children to chess!
*An excellent app by Adg6
A wonderful app. Ideal for anyone new to chess. It is even fun for experienced chess players.
*Highly Recommended - by doled
"This is a fantastic chess teaching game. This game alone makes it worth buying an iPad. My three year old now knows the piece names and basic moves. My six year old is well on her way to playing a full game. Our family has had an iPad since the day the iPad was released and this is one of the best apps we have."
*Great! - by TonySchleizer
"This game has gotten my 5 year old interested in chess. Great tutorials that get progressively harder as skills improve."
* Great for getting started - by Milfordthelargebonedgorilla
"This has been fantastic for my five year old son...using this in addition to a real board and pieces has helped him immensely in understanding each of the pieces, how they move, their strengths and weaknesses...a terrific way to introduce young ones to the game without overwhelming them"
* Great learning tool - by Triplescoop
"I have an adopted 7 year old boy with fetal alcohol syndrome. It is very hard for him to learn to play games. Checkers was very hard for him to learn. I thought that chess would be something that he would have to wait to learn. I bought this app even though there were no reviews. So glad I did! What a great teaching tool! I love the mini games that teach the directions that each piece can move. We play slowly but my son can play chess! I recommend this for anyone who wants to learn the basics of the game. This app is for beginners. Great for kids! Thank you to the developers of this app!"
*Super! - by Chess player
"Hats off to the developers. A fun program for kids."
*Ideal For kids - by Kingkot
"This game is ideal to teach the kids in the chess."
Added audio help message. Minor graphics changes.
Ratings and Reviews
Since there doesn't appear to have been any work done on the app since 2010, this review is probably in vain. Overall the app is pretty good, and definitely grabs the attention of a 5 year old. But the UI leaves a lot to be desired. A couple of glaring defects jump out immediately:
1) In the learning portion of the app:
Sections on piece movement are lockstep, so that I can't jump right to knight movement without first going through the sections on rooks and bishops. This is a mistake, since beginners may have already mastered some of the pieces and not others. all sections should be unlocked initially.
2) Have an option to turn off music, but not narration. Music becomes very obnoxious after first hearing
3) Have different profile and progress for different players. I have two grand kids, and I want separate settings for each. If I do a 'Start Anew', then I'm back to the lockstep learning problem. Maybe I should go buy an iPad for each kid?
Great for learning
I always wanted to play chess when I was younger, but thanks to this app I learned to play it! I teaches you very well and I love it! I totally recommend this app.
Zero stars — it doesn’t work
The sound doesn’t work in iPhone
This is a rip off
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.