Chess Academy for Kids by Geek Kids
By Next is Great
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
*** Winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award
*** FEATURED BY APPLE in the "NEW & NOTEWORTHY " section of the iTunes App Store!
Chess Academy for Kids offers an easy introduction to chess.
*** 140 tutorials & challenges created with children in mind
*** Learn basic moves & strategy (pieces' values, openings, etc.)
*** Challenge your friends & parents
*** Play chess against the computer
*** Enjoy the rewarding progress tracker
*** HOURS OF FUN AND LEARNING ***
"I really liked Chess Academy for Kids. It may not be as thorough as an instructional book or chess tutor, but it definitely gives enough to get you started, and holds your hand along the way. Plus the app is very attractive, and is a great chess playing app even for people who already know how to play the game."
-- Wired.com / Geek Dad
"What you have is a great classic game brought to the modern devices(iPhone and iPad), that is easy to learn, kid friendly, and good for the family — sounds pretty good to me."
-- Crazy Mike's Apps
"Chess Academy for Kids is a top learning app for kids five and older… and grown up curious to know how to play chess. It is easy to use, kids friendly and offers a very engaging and interactive interface... a new Fun Educational Apps - TOP PICKS!"
-- Fun Educational Apps
Chess Academy for Kids is an excellent iPhone and iPad application offering an easy introduction to chess, created with children in mind. The app is designed to teach chess in an engaging, step-by-step, rewarding way, where learning is well balanced with practice.
The app is a tool for older children aged 8+ to teach themselves the rules and basic strategies of chess, as well as for younger children aged 5+ to start out on a chess adventure with adult help.
The application consists of two modules:
- Chess tutorials, which include theory, examples and tasks for beginners,
- A 1v1 game mode (play against friends or computer!)
Chess tutorials include 140 interactive tasks that explain and demonstrate in practice:
- pieces'values and moves
- game opening
- double check
The game mode has a nicely designed chequerboard and pieces, with a comprehensive and user-friendly dashboard, allowing children to easily "navigate" through the app and change settings. Additionally, Chess Academy for Kids is equipped with a user-friendly progress tracking bar, which is comprehensive and motivating for young users.
Chess Academy can be played only in portrait position.
We take children's privacy very seriously:
* we do not collect or share any data
* the app doesn't contain any adds
* the app doesn't contain any in-app purchase
* the app doesn't contain any social media buttons nor social media integration
* the app contains external links to our other apps
What's New in Version 2.0
-support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus
Great For Learning Basic Moves, But Minimal Strategy
I taught my son the basics of chess the old fashioned way but wanted help in teaching him some beginning strategy. This app walks you through over 70 lessons in clean, easy to understand language and graphics. But the vast majority of tutorials focus on the basic rules of movement, and only a few lessons address strategy, and just barely. It is definitely worth the purchase price if you are starting from scratch with your child, and you need help teaching the very basics of how the pieces move. And it offers an excellent interface and memory for playing games with your child or against the computer. And kudos for being ad-free and in-app-purchase free. But once the very basics are understood, the educational value of this app maxes out. I wish there were more advanced lessons available as add ons so I could get help teaching basic strategy.
That Mean Queen
I just purchased it. I went through the learning process. I understood some of what I was learning. I am not a kid and haven't been a kid for a long time. Then I was looking for more to learn in strategy and found that I could purchase another app for that. But I haven't done that yet and I don't know if I will. So, I played some games against the computer. The computer always wins. The Queen is relentless and very mean. She goes after you like a spider on a web, and very very fast! I am beginning to dislike her very much. But I keep trying, and actually I am improving. But I know that I will never win against a computer because the computer has all the answers. So, when I get tired of getting beat, I will look someplace else to learn and play. In my opinion, the app is okay, but I think that for the price it could be better.
Decent Tutorial for Beginners
It's a decent app for beginners to pick up chess. Very well designed, both in terms of UI and content. Easy to understand, with tons of practice to solidify what you've just learned.
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- Category: Education
- Updated: Jan 25, 2015
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 32.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Next is Great Sp z o.o.
- © 2012-2014, Next is Great Sp. z o.o.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.