Kakinoki Shogi (Japanese Chess) App Reviews

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OK, needs more polish

The basic premise of the game is there (Shogi AI is very good), but the overall feel of the game needs polish. Using an iPhone 4S and the graphics seems very jagged and very hard to hard at times.

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Superb

Excellent job. Finally a shogi for the iPhone done well that is 9x9. Easy to use. Multi difficulty settings. Auto save on exit. Easy undo. English and Japanese pieces. Cant comment on how strong the AI because I am not that great myself, but at middle difficulty I havent beaten it yet. Good job :)

Great but...

If you fixed it to where it shows the title number/letter (ex. 8c) that would be great. Also smoothing out graphic details along with the double-tap zoom which is unecessary and quite annoying. Also something to tell you you are in check or checkmate would also be great. Asides from all that though this is a great game and can only hope future updates further improve the gameplay.

Very good app!

Very good application, nice interface. The possibility to set up/edit a position to study problems would take it to 5 stars. It would also be nice if it would detect checkmate and end the game, but this is a minor issue.

Great game

Im using it to teach myself shoji but I wish there were more tutorials on basic strategy. Still a great implementation, worth the money and highly recommended!

Solid gameplay but lacking a little polish

Overall, a well thought out game. The controls are simple and get the job done. The only thing this seems to be lacking is a more refined graphical presentation. Shine up the graphics and I think this will be a five-star game.

Great game, but

Can you please hide that "resign" and "quit" option on the bottom of the screen? or pop out a confirmation for game to end. it happened a numerous times that I accidently hit resign because its so close to my pieces

>:@

TOO F-ING HARD!!! I can barely last 3 moves on this game! Add easier levels!

Kakinoki shogi

Its a great game and well done but I got this to learn shogi and the easiest level kills me very easily and it always uses the same set of moves and I dont know enough to counter it. That is very iritating. Please fix it and Ill give this game a proper rating.

Levels

Well polished game with good indicators of where you can move and has good tutorials. It seems though as if the computer levels are reversed as I can last much longer versus level 7 than against level 1. Might be a bug or something

Finally!

Ive been waiting for this for a while! Its really great; well done AI! One request would be to make the Japanese style pieces a bit easier to distinguish. Well done!

Resign

The resign button needs a confirmation or should be in the pop-up menu to prevent accidental resignations. An alert for when you are "checkmated" would be helpfull for the people who get this app to learn the game. Overall, great app. 4 stars till the resign button is moved. ^^

Try This

If you have never heard of shogi and you like western chess you should give this a try. Shogi is extremely popular in Japan. It adds an extra level of complexity and fun by allowing you to use pieces that you capture. On your turn, instead of moving a piece you can place a captured opponents piece almost anywhere ( with some restrictions) on the board. If you think about this, it opens up a lot of strategic and tactical options. You wont be disappointed.

Best shogi app available!!!

I was very thrilled to find such a great shogi app for the iPhone. Computer was a little tough at first, but I have learned from all the games. I have tried 2 other shogi apps (including morita) and this one is the best by far. If your a fan of chess give shogi a try, you wont be disappointed!

Missing piece but not too bad

Not a bad app for shogi but should include a warning for checkmate cuz i did not know i totally lost the game and it did not show me any valid moves for any of the pieces. Also on the side of the board facing you there is a piece missing on the 2nd rank. It is the bishop ("angle-mover" piece).

Nice, but...

I would like something to stop the clock and tell me game over or something of the sort. It not necessary to the game play, but would be nice. Otherwise, the game plays really nicely.

So so

This is the best on the iPod but the AI was made improperly. The idea is to make it play like a person because an ai that does not will only make the best move possible, making it almost impossible to beat

So so

This is the best on the iPod but the AI was made improperly. The idea is to make it play like a person because an ai that does not will only make the best move possible, making it almost impossible to beat

Nice, but...

I would like something to stop the clock and tell me 'game over' or something of the sort. It not necessary to the game play, but would be nice. Otherwise, the game plays really nicely.

Missing piece but not too bad

Not a bad app for shogi but should include a warning for checkmate cuz i did not know i totally lost the game and it did not show me any valid moves for any of the pieces. Also on the side of the board facing you there is a piece missing on the 2nd rank. It is the bishop ("angle-mover" piece).

Best shogi app available!!!

I was very thrilled to find such a great shogi app for the iPhone. Computer was a little tough at first, but I have learned from all the games. I have tried 2 other shogi apps (including morita) and this one is the best by far. If your a fan of chess give shogi a try, you won't be disappointed!

Try This

If you have never heard of shogi and you like western chess you should give this a try. Shogi is extremely popular in Japan. It adds an extra level of complexity and fun by allowing you to use pieces that you capture. On your turn, instead of moving a piece you can place a captured opponents piece almost anywhere ( with some restrictions) on the board. If you think about this, it opens up a lot of strategic and tactical options. You wont be disappointed.

Resign

The resign button needs a confirmation or should be in the pop-up menu to prevent accidental resignations. An alert for when you are "checkmated" would be helpfull for the people who get this app to learn the game. Overall, great app. 4 stars till the resign button is moved. ^^

Finally!

I've been waiting for this for a while! It's really great; well done AI! One request would be to make the Japanese style pieces a bit easier to distinguish. Well done!

Levels

Well polished game with good indicators of where you can move and has good tutorials. It seems though as if the computer levels are reversed as I can last much longer versus level 7 than against level 1. Might be a bug or something

Kakinoki shogi

It's a great game and well done but I got this to learn shogi and the easiest level kills me very easily and it always uses the same set of moves and I don't know enough to counter it. That is very iritating. Please fix it and I'll give this game a proper rating.

>:@

TOO F-ING HARD!!! I can barely last 3 moves on this game! Add easier levels!

Great game, but

Can you please hide that "resign" and "quit" option on the bottom of the screen? or pop out a confirmation for game to end. it happened a numerous times that I accidently hit resign because its so close to my pieces

Solid gameplay but lacking a little polish

Overall, a well thought out game. The controls are simple and get the job done. The only thing this seems to be lacking is a more refined graphical presentation. Shine up the graphics and I think this will be a five-star game.

Great game

I'm using it to teach myself shoji but I wish there were more tutorials on basic strategy. Still a great implementation, worth the money and highly recommended!

Very good app!

Very good application, nice interface. The possibility to set up/edit a position to study problems would take it to 5 stars. It would also be nice if it would detect checkmate and end the game, but this is a minor issue.

Great but...

If you fixed it to where it shows the title number/letter (ex. 8c) that would be great. Also smoothing out graphic details along with the double-tap zoom which is unecessary and quite annoying. Also something to tell you you are in check or checkmate would also be great. Asides from all that though this is a great game and can only hope future updates further improve the gameplay.

Superb

Excellent job. Finally a shogi for the iPhone done well that is 9x9. Easy to use. Multi difficulty settings. Auto save on exit. Easy undo. English and Japanese pieces. Can't comment on how strong the AI because I am not that great myself, but at middle difficulty I haven't beaten it yet. Good job :)

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