Pure Chess surrounds, checkmates PS4 this April


If gaming platforms are squares on a chess board, VooFoo Studios' Pure Chess almost has the PS4 surrounded. Its debut on the PS3 and Vita in May 2012 was followed by ports to the 3DS, Wii U, iPhone and Android, leaving a curious gap on Xbox platforms. That doesn't matter, though - the PS4 is about to be conquered in April, resulting in a checkmate of all of Sony's gaming platforms. Strategy enthusiasts can set up a game for $7.99, or go for the Complete Edition for $14.99 to get extra locations and set themes.

If you're like our own Jess Conditt, or if you haven't won a game of chess in your life, Pure Chess includes tutorials for strategies of various skill levels. In contrast, if you're a chess master that's tired of obliterating beginners, Pure Chess offers leaderboards and tracks your ELO (a score based on a player's aptitude at outwitting opponents).

Yes, it's essentially just a pretty version of chess, but can the chess board buried somewhere in your basement host matches with people hundreds of miles away? ... It can? That's, um ... huh.
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Pure Chess – The Next Generation

Pure Chess is making its move onto the PS4 Store this April!

Indie legends, VooFoo Studios and Liverpool-based Publisher Ripstone have announced today that Pure Chess will be making its move on to the PlayStation®4 Store from 15thApril 2014! If you were impressed by the stereoscopic 3D awesomeness and gob smacking HD visuals on offer in Pure Chess on PlayStation ®3, prepare to be absolutely blown away by what VooFoo have achieved with the glorious power of PS4 tech – making this the definitive version!

"The team at Voofoo did such a great job on previous versions, and set themselves a high benchmark for PS4. When gamers download this new version on next-gen consoles they will experience the step-change in visual fidelity. There are moments when playing this game where it genuinely looks better than real life." – Phil Gaskell, Creative Director at Ripstone.

Pure Chess was originally released on PS3 and PS Vita back in May 2012 and since then the title has launched on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Pure Chess PS4 will mark VooFoo's second next-gen release, which will be followed closely this year by Pure Pool; the latest iteration in the "Pure" series.

Pure Chess PS4 will be priced at £4.99 /€ 5.99 / $7.99 but chess fans can also get their hands on the best value Complete Bundle for £9.99 / €11.99 / $14.99. PlayStation Plus users can look forward to some discounts at launch too!

Still not convinced? Behold the utterly breath-taking Pure Chess PS4 Gameplay Trailer – which you can check out here: http://youtu.be/d7fepFu_THQ (WARNING: contains Chess pawn and could cause mild dribbling.)

Just don't forget to ask yourself that all-important question... Are you a Grandmaster in the making? You can also ogle at some lovely PS4 screenshots in the Pure Chess press kit.

For more information please visit: www.ripstone.com or www.purechess.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.