Game Review: Game Chests Logic Games

Game Chests: Logic Games has been publicized greatly due to its inclusion of turn based multiplayer chess. However, the rest of the game includes 2 other great logic games, Sudoku and Minesweeper. (Video Review)

Overall Score: 4/5Game Chest Logic Games1

Thanks to the inclusion of 3 games and the slick interface, Game Chests: Logic Games is a fun set of little games. The only disappointment is Minesweeper, which suffers from lackluster controls. Sudoku and Chess are both replicated perfectly, and the addition of multiplayer chess is a great new feature.

Gameplay: 4/5

Chess and Sudoku are both perfect, since the controls are accurate and the gameplay is identical to the real versions. Multiplayer chess also plays well, with decently speedy playing speeds, and helpful turn notifications in your Xbox Live tile if you are doing something else on your phone. To learn more about the multiplayer, watch our video demo. However, the Minesweeper game inside Logic Games suffers from some touchy controls. When you play the tougher difficulties of Minesweeper, zooming in and panning around are necessary; but the panning is choppy and doesn’t track your finger well. Minesweeper is still playable, but doesn’t have as great of an experience as the other two games do.

Presentation: 4/5

Once again, the Chess and Sudoku visuals are great. Chess is animated in 3D and the sound effects are entertaining too; every time a chess character is defeated, a neat cartoonish sound accompanies their swift death.  Sudoku is nothing flashy, but works well. The only downfall, once again, is Minesweeper. Unlike the Windows 7 PC version of the game, I found this version tricky to distinguish between which squares were already cleared and which squares haven’t been clicked yet.

Lasting Value: 5/5

You can get as much value as you want out of games like Minesweeper, Sudoku, and Chess. But in addition to that, Game Chests: Logic Games receives a 5 in this category thanks to its multiplayer feature, which gives you another avenue of replaying the game time after time.

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Title: Game Chests: Logic Games
Price: $2.99
Developer: Microsoft Game Studios