Aye, so the name gives it away; 3D Checkers is essentially checkers – or draughts if you will – played out on a nice 3D board. If you like draughts, you’ll like 3D checkers; if you don’t, you won’t.
For those unfamiliar with the game, allow me to go over the rules very quickly. Each player has 12 pieces and the game is played out on an 8x8 board. You can only move diagonally towards your opponent*, and if one of your opponent’s pieces has an empty square behind it, you can leap over and take him. If you're lucky, you can jump multiple pieces.
The game ends when you take all your opponent’s pieces. Easy.
*The exception is when you make it to the other side of the board. Your piece is “crowned” or “kinged” and can subsequently do whatever the hell it wants, moving backwards or forwards in a diagonal motion.
Anyway, getting back to the app; 3D Checkers does the game proud. You move pieces with a simple swipe of the finger. You can even double-jump in one smooth motion. Nice.
The 3D boards look awesome. There are three to choose from by default, namely Classic, Black and Red, and the brilliantly-named Black Steel. You can purchase additional sets of three for 59p, including the Adventure Pack, Colo[u]r Pack, and odd-looking Art Pack.
3D Checkers boasts several different modes. Hotseat Mode allows two players to battle on the same iPhone. If you have two iDevices between you, you can play over Bluetooth. And, of course, there’s Human vs Computer.
There are three difficulty settings for the latter mode; Easy, Harder and Hardest. I like to think I’m not bad at ye olde draughts, but I’ve repeatedly had my bum handed to me on Harder, never mind Hardest.
The Settings menu presents a few other options such as the always-controversial auto-jump. If you’re familiar with draughts, you’ll definitely have an opinion on that one.
What else can you do? Ahh yes, there’s an undo option when playing against the iPhone. If a move yields disastrous consequences you can skip back and have a rethink. Is that cheating or simply tactical? I’m not sure.
- Draughts is sweet
- Looks great
- It’s free!
- Not so good if you don’t like draughts (pfft)
Summary: A great little version of draughts for the iPhone, and it’s free. What more could you ask for?
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: Free @ App Store