Chekked by Apped is an iPad only app. It is a new board game that takes elements from Chess and Checkers and combines them to create a whole new game. The app teaches you the fundamentals of the game and then you can play against your choice of six different opponents who all have different playing styles. The app contains no adverts, in-app purchases, social media links or external links.
To start playing Chekked you first need to press the “Help” button which takes you to the tutorial which explains how to play and introduces you to the rules of the game.
The board is like a Checkers (or draughts as we call it in the UK) board – each person starts with 12 white or black pieces.
You can move each piece diagonally – forwards or backwards. The number on the piece shows the maximum no of squares it can move in one turn.
If you move on top of your own pieces they are stacked and their values added e.g. a 1+1 = a 2
You capture an opponent’s piece by landing on it (you do NOT jump over it, but land directly on it).
If the piece you capture has a higher value then your piece takes on that value e.g. if a white 1 captures a black 3 the white piece becomes a 3.
When you reach the far side of the board your piece becomes a king and can move in ANY direction including onto white squares.
To win capture all your opponents pieces.
To play you set up your own player profile with your name and choice of 9 avatars, and you choose which one of six opponents you want to play. The 6 opponents – Adam, Eve, Betsy, Bruni, Al and Sarah all have different playing styles so different tactics are needed to beat them. You can choose to play in easy, medium or hard modes. Each time you touch a piece your possible moves are highlighted in red.
I’ve been learning to play Chekked! with my nine-year-old son, taking turns to play a game then watching the other play and offering advice and encouragement. We have had a lot of fun learning this new game together, and it is a new favorite iPad activity. Once you get the hang of its strategies, it is really fun and challenging, we’ve even got my husband hooked on playing it now too! I like that there are different difficulty levels, and that the opponents have different playing styles. I find some opponents much more of a challenge to beat than others. As well as winning or loosing a game, you also score QPoints (the tutorial says you earn points for moves, capturing opponents and winning games but does not fully explain the scoring system). Your best QScores are listed in the game scoreboard, and you can compete with others to see who gets the best score. I would like to see a page that explains in detail how the scoring works, and other details of the game. One thing I would really like to see added in a future update is the option is play another real-life opponent locally on the iPad instead of just playing the in-built opponents. Now we’ve learned how to play I’d love to challenge my husband or son to a game!
Overall, if you like playing board games such as chess or checkers (draughts) this is a fun new game to try. It has similarities to checkers and chess, but it is easier to learn than chess and requires more complex strategies than checkers. Different opponents and difficulty levels make it suitable for a range of ages. Myself, my nine year-old son and my husband are all hooked! I would recommend it for elementary school age children up to adults (I’m planning to introduce it to my two kindergarteners too). Highly recommended and a steal at it’s current price of 99c!
Category: Games, Family, Education, Board
Requirements: Compatible with iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone4S, iPad WiFi, iPad 2 WiFI, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone 4, iPadMini4G, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 3G, iPhone5, iPadFourthGen, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPad 3G
Size: 4.74 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.