Flash Chess III (FC III), which evolved into SparkChess (in the year 2010), is the latest incarnation from a company called Media Division and, of all the many online Chess games, that can be found on the Internet, this is definitely one of the better attempts ...
Things get better when you learn it's Free to play, too!
Previous versions played okay, but the looks were maybe not to everybody's tastes.
However, they've been working hard at Media Division and FC III certainly gets full marks for style.
But style's no good without substance, so does it play as well as it looks?
Three Difficulty Levels
When the webpage first loads, you get a choice of three difficulty levels to play at:
How It Plays
Once you've made your choice and are ready to begin, you'll find that clicking on a piece - as long as it has a legal move - illuminates a green glow across all squares within range.
Unless you're playing strictly with the self-imposed "Touch Rule" - whereby, if you touch a piece, you must move it ...
... If you suddenly decide you want to move a different piece, than the one selected, you must click the piece that is currently active, which shuts off the green glow, then you can pick another piece to move.
The animated movement of the pieces is good - they have a nippy, gliding action to them.
So, overall, yeah this game plays as well as it looks.
Other Good Features
If there's anything to criticize about Flash Chess III, I'd have to say the angle of the board means that some of the pieces partially block others, if they're one square in front.
This is particularly the case when you have a Queen or King behind any piece, which you want to move.
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