Chess Prime 3D is one of the best designed 3D chess games for the iPad / iPhone. It provides learning support for novice players, a real challenge for the experienced players and fun. Swipe in any of four directions to view the board from any angle and play the chess game in 3D.

Chess Prime 3D supports both ‘one player’ and ‘two player’ game play, so you can play against your friends or against a challenging computer opponent.

You can even edit the board and start the game from any set up position. That allows you to test your skills in different game phases, common positions, solve chess puzzles, etc. Also you can save your game and then re-load it anytime you want.

If you are a novice player you may take advantage of the feature that shows all legal moves for the current piece.

-The full list of features:-

• Excellent 3D graphics, sound effects and music
• Configurable player names
• Option to change the piece’s color
• Great AI engine with a flexible difficulty level that suits both novice players and experts
• Versatile openings: Chess Prime AI engine plays like a human, not as a computer that always chooses the same move at the same position. It gives you an opportunity to play different famous openings to gain extensive experience in chess. This feature is activated automatically in the game with a high difficulty level.
• SETUP game: Start the game from any desirable position with any number of pieces
• UNDO function if you accidentally hit wrong piece or square. It works even if your king is checkmated.
• REDO function if you missed the opponent’s move. Just press EYE button and Chess Prime will show you the last opponent’s move.
• SAVE / LOAD feature gives you an opportunity to finish the game later or to play the chess puzzle which you can setup in the “Setup Game” module.
• CENTRE function to align the board to the centre.
• Option to show the LEGAL MOVES for current piece (very useful for novice players)
• Option to ROTATE the board in ‘two player’ mode.
• Help button with instructions for En Passant capture / Castling (activated automatically).
• Option to limit ‘think time’ in ‘one player’ mode to 5, 15 or 30 seconds
• Option to switch on / off sound effects and / or music
• Automatically saves the current state of the game, so the game state would be automatically restored if you quit the application
• Universal app (supports iPad / iPod touch / iPhone)

If you love playing chess in portrait mode and in 2D, then download and try out our Chess Prime app (100,000+ downloads so far)!


What's New

Version 1.1.4

* Support for the iPhone X
* New Help button with instructions for En Passant capture / Castling

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Almost Perfect


Of the chess apps I've tried, this is my favorite so far. The 3D graphics are very pleasant and easy to see. I have played others that have incredible graphics (and higher price tags), but they're not as easy on the eyes. This app has solid features that are simple to use. The ability to set up the board any way you like is great for practicing chess puzzles, etc. It's a sleek, fast and fun game of chess.

There are a couple minor drawbacks. One, it doesn't appear to log the game in any way visible to the player. That can't view a list of moves made in the game. Likewise, I've found no way to replay a game for analysis. These are very important features for improving one's game. This seems like an oversight to me, one that I hope the developer considers addressing in a future update.

The other thing this game lacks is some kind of remote play option, such as over the internet or a network. This isn't a deal breaker for me, because that's not what I was looking for in a chess app. But it's worth noting.

Overall, this is a solid chess app and a super value.

My dad and I love to play this game!


" It is the best game ever, in the whole wide world!" The graphics and the functionality of the game are without comparison. There are many options that allow you to adjust how you both view the board and also play the game. It would be nice if in the two player mode, that each player could change the way the board is viewed if they are on opposite sides of the tablet.

Perfect, almost

Goat Wood

This app is great for anyone who just wants to play a quick game of chess without a friend or chess board, but it lacks an online play option. I can play offline with myself or a friend, but sometimes I am between difficulties that the game have to offer for the computer, so it would be nice to play with a real person. But overall, the app was definitely worth the $1.99 one time fee.


Anton Vinokurov
16.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Anton Vinokurov


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