What Abandonware DOS thinks:
Downloads for Battle Chess
There are 35 animations (over 4 MB of animation), including movement, prelude to battle, and the combinations of battle itself (the latter often being rather brutal).
Digitized sound is utilized in the DOS version for all battle sound effects and is played through the PC speaker, without the need for a sound card, using a technique akin to RealSound.
Battle Chess's producer Brian Fargo expressed his fondness for the game in a 2006 interview, although he added that he did not think there would be much of an audience for it today.
One weakness is that the board cannot be rotated. If the player wishes to take the side of Black (the Blue pieces in the game), this means playing down the board against White (the Red pieces) playing upwards. In addition, the capturing piece is always in the top-right corner, while the captured piece is in the bottom-left, with only the colours reversed depending upon which side has moved, so there is no alternate view of a particular battle combination.
players: single player, multiplayer (hotseat, Modem)
input: keyboard, mouse, joystick
distribution: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk
graphics: CGA, EGA, MCGA, Tandy, VGA
sound: PC speaker
Abandonware DOS popularity: below average