Rated 3 out of
Dexter Boy Genius
There isn't that much to say about this game. It just the ancient game of chess with a Dexter's Lab based theme applied on top of it. Each of the characters gets their own unique set of pieces which are usually made up of variations of that character or characters associated with the character in question.
The game offers a tournament mode where you face three opponent's in a row, a versus mode to play against other people, quick game which comes in two modes quick and custom. Using the custom mode you can setup the board like classic games in chess history. The game also includes a puzzle mode which is comprised of managing to checkmate your opponent in a one or two moves.
The game also comes with a password setup, but the passwords are extremely long and tedious to enter. All of the passwords in this game are 16 characters long. This makes entering the passwords a pain since the game sometimes jumps over letters while your trying to enter the password. In my opinion the password system in a game should be short and sweet.
I do have a few issues with the default board setup. It makes it difficult to sometimes determine the location of pieces. Though, on the plus side you can enter an overhead view by pressing the select button.
The graphics are decent. I don't have any complaint about the visuals themselves and the animations used when you take or lose a piece are amusing at first. Though, they do start to grow old rather fast, and you are unable to skip these scenes. Though, it is possible to turn them off all together from the options menu.
The game features a single song that just plays constantly. While it is from the show it quickly begins to grate on the nerves. Thankfully it stops when you've paused the game. On the downside the music stops and resets every time you enter or leave a menu screen. So my best advice is to turn the music off altogether. The game also features a few snippets that were voiced by the characters, but I tend to find these rather annoying as well since they only have one saying apparently before the beginning of each match.
If you are a fan of chess then you may want to purchase this game, but there are much better options out there for playing chess against actual human players. While the computer is beatable in this game it doesn't have the same feel as pitying your mind against another human being.
Lasting Appeal: 1
Date published: 2012-06-30