As this chess game is the third in a superb series of how to play chess it is expected that children will have some knowledge of the game. Fritz and Chesster chess games are very informative plus easy to understand making it a very successful series that is both engaging and fun. Tactics and strategy are the elements most touched upon in this edition broadening the chess skills of fans who love to play the game.
The two main characters of the first two chapters are here again to guide players. Fritz and Bianca plus their friends are attending the Pleasantville Fair. The story begins where the duo discover that the Black King, who is evil, has cheated the other kings, there are sixteen of them, out of their prizes at the carnival. Fritz, Bianca and friends visit sixteen booths in the carnival to try to win more prizes for the kings who have lost out.
All the stands or attractions are chess themed making it an amusing way for children to hone their skills. All the tactics you need to play the game of chess are touched upon this time around including, tactics when beginning the game, during the game plus the end of the game. Memorising sequences or patterns of moves helps children to build on their skills in a fun way that they will remember. They can choose to play against the computer or a friend making learning competitive giving the learning process a bit of edge.
There are lots of mini games to play that all incorporate learning or advancing players chess knowledge, while the cute storyline means that children learn what are quite difficult moves in a fun way. Children always learn through play so incorporating this tutorial into a story that will help them memorise the moves is very inspired, while explaining the tactics regarding chess to a child is really difficult thing to do.
Fans of chess will know that learning strategic play is no easy matter. Fritz and Chesster's Chess for Winners teaches children in a great way that does not overwhelm your child with boring facts but eases them into strategic thought processes. Visually the game is cartoon like plus colourful making it an endearing experience for a child, while children who played the first two editions will be happy to play with familiar characters.
The soundtrack however is a bit of a let down. The voice overs are adequate but by no means imaginative but having said that I voice this from my own adult perspective. When my nine year old niece played the game this didn't seem to trouble her at all. In fact she seemed very engrossed in the whole process. She liked the pictures and characters plus she has learned a lot from the mini games so maybe I am being hyper critical. There are many learn to play chess games on the market, some great some not so great. I would put Fritz and Chesster's Chess for Winners somewhere in the middle of these two categories.