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Star Chess

Dedicated Console published 42 years ago by Videomaster

Not listed in MAME yet.

Star Chess © 1979 Videomaster.

The console only plays one game: Star Chess, a version of chess which takes place in space, for two players.

TECHNICAL/MACHINE PICT.
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CPU: ULA Ferranti ZNA 2H072E
CO-PROCESSOR: Motorola SC80801P + several other Motorola chips
COLORS: Yes (at least 6 colors)
SOUND: yes, built-in speaker

TRIVIA

The system itself looks like a box with a transparent plastic cover, revealing four silver controllers stored into the plastic case. Actually, only two of the silver oblongs are real controllers, attached by extendable wires to the console for 2 players. Another silver oblong opens out into the instruction manual, and the last one cannot be moved and contains sound on/off + power on/off switches and reset button.

Star Chess is based on the well known game of chess but your chessmen are space ships engaged in Galactic Warfare. The game board is laid out as a normal chessboard with space ships instead of chess pieces. Two players take turns moving their ships (no solo play). The rules and moves are based on chess but with some additions. You can fire missiles at your opponents, you have shields, you can get a damage report, you can return to base to stock up on missiles used up, and if you are in trouble you can warp into hyperspace. But beware, you can re-appear at anytime in a random position on the board and be in a worse situation! To win the game you have to destroy or capture your opponent's Commander (king).

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Machine's picture.