Chesh is a modern twist on classic chess

So how do you play Chesh? Well, if you’ve played chess before, then you know the basics. Both players take turns moving their chesh pieces on the board until one player has captured all of the pieces of the opponent. To move your pieces, just tap on the one you want to move, and then select the highlighted space for it to go to. Unfortunately, you’ll have to pick your piece wisely, since you cannot deselect it and choose another piece to move instead. I would like to see an option for deselecting a piece in the future, because sometimes I tap on a piece to check where it can move to as I’m unsure of the movement patterns.


A big feature of Chesh is the fact that the game is highly customizable from the get-go, so you can play at a level that you are comfortable with or go for something even more challenging. The main menu has six settings that you can change, with each having three options: Rows, Board, Starting Player, Game Mode (Bullet, Blitz, Infinite), Versus (Easy AI, Local Player, or Standard AI), and Color (Red/Green Blind, Standard, or Blue/Yellow Blind). Another thing that makes the game great is the fact that every game is procedurally generated as far as chesh pieces go, so you will never have the same game twice. You can also take your Chesh skills online and go head-to-head against random players.


The graphics in Chesh are completely retro, which should be a welcoming sight for fans of the 8-bit era of gaming. The game features a dark background with bright and vibrant neon chesh pieces that contrast well with the backdrop. The coolest thing about Chesh is the fact that there are over 500 different pieces that have been submitted by over 30 artists, with each of them having their own random move sets. The animations are smooth and fluid despite the heavy pixelated look, and the chiptunes are fun to listen to. Sound effects in Chesh are a nice touch, and give players an audible clue as to when they are running out of time for their turn.


When I am stressed out, one way I like to relax and unwind is with a good old game on my phone. Naturally, strategic puzzle games are a great fit for me since I like to keep my mind busy and not just completely veg out at times. While I know a lot of people like chess, I never got into it for reasons unknown. However, when news of Chesh hit my inbox, I was intrigued because it looked like chess, but with much more edge to it. I had to check it out for myself, and must say that I’m not disappointed.


Chesh ($2.99) by Damian Sommer is a strategic board game that is inspired by the classic game of chess, except not at all. If you enjoy turn-based strategy games like You Against Me, Cubic!, and Kindo, then you will like what Chesh brings to the table.

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Have A Simpler Time Managing Time with these and Time Management

It doesn’t matter who you are or how you make money, you probably have issues with time management. Even the people who try to run their lives by a precise schedule can have a hard time staying on task, showing up promptly and remembering their day-to-day goals. A lot of things contribute to this. The reason this is true is that there are countless distractions just sitting at our fingertips daily, which has become even more true since smart phones and tablets got to be popular. In this article we will teach you how to use your iPhone or iPad as a tool for time management as opposed to as a time management unit of destruction.

Make use of Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that works with smart phones, tablets and on computers also. It is one of those “read later” apps that helps you save time. How many times during the day do you come across a fascinating article or website that you really would like to explore but don’t have the time to dedicate to it? How often have you thrown off your entire schedule by reading or looking at it anyway because you knew you won’t remember it later? Instapaper integrates with Twitter and other applications to enable you to save all of those links so that you can read it at a later time. The links are saved to one central account. That means that you could use any device you want (phone, tablet, personal computer) to catch up and look through them when you’ve got the time.

Wunderlist is an excellent app. It is your usual to-do list app but it hasn’t been dragged down by all types of graphics or complex interfaces. Each day it’s possible to sit down to this software and then enter all of the things that you need to do during the day. It is free. Along with being easy to use, it is simple to sync with many different devices. Just train yourself to check the software as many times as you check your email and you’ll quickly see just how much easier it is for you to keep on task.

Evernote is really great and handy. It’s a central place to sort out just about all: your emails, downloads, pictures, notes, thoughts, and so forth. It’s not only syncable between devices (like your computer) you can incorporate it with your other software (like Wunderlist) as well. The only real problem with this software is that it is not free. Your monthly subscription could be paid either every month at $5 each or every year for $45 annually.

Agenda is an absolute must have calendar software. This is true for all types of different reasons but the major reason you need this is you could sync it both to iCalendar (the calendar Macs and Apple products use) and Google calendar. This makes the management of your calendar easier, especially for those with PCs and iPhones since they just need to key in their information into a single, centralized location and it can be accessed on a bunch of other devices. Furthermore, it looks excellent.

The variety of time management programs available for downloading is big. These are the best of them but a little bit of research will generate several others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author