Sometimes, people playing Minecraft will wish there was some sort of minigame they could play; maybe something to do while that stack of raw meat is cooking, or all that ore from the last mining trip is smelting in a furnace. MineChess is a mod for Minecraft which adds a chess mechanic to the game. This includes gigantic pieces which are reminiscent of the Wizard’s Chess scene from the Harry Potter movies, as well as a computer-controlled opponent AI which is actually pretty good at the game. Players can also play against one another in MineChess, so it’s not just a simulator – it’s the real deal.
Those gigantic chess pieces really brutalize each other when they get captured, putting on good shows for skilled players. With MineChess mod installed, when players opt to play a game, their screen will change to an overhead, first person view of the chessboard. Selected pieces will show all possible moves before the player moves them, which is a nice touch. This feature can also be disabled for those who find it annoying, so there’s really nothing bad to say about it. A special item must be used to interact with the pieces, but the recipe is simple and it’s easy to get a hold of, so don’t worry about that.
Because MineChess mod doesn’t add a great deal of content to the game, there’s typically no need for Minecraft Forge or other modloader programs to make it work correctly. It’s one of those drag-and-drop mods which are easily installed by even novice players. So, the next time you’re sitting around in Minecraft with some free time while you wait for things to finish cooking, try out the MineChess mod. Games can be paused and resumed an infinite amount of times, so it’s a perfect mod for filling up minutes of free time here and there.
MineChess Mod for Minecraft 1.8 and 1.7.10 Changelogs
- Bugfix: Crash when also having the Minesweeper Mod installed.
- Bugfix: The last positions (for determining draws) aren’t being saved.
How to install MineChess Mod?
- Download the mod!
- When you haven’t installed Minecraft Forge yet, download and install it.
- Move the downloaded .jar into the mods folder.
- Have fun!
Download Links for MineChess Mod
for Minecraft 1.8.8
for Minecraft 1.8
for Minecraft 1.7.10
for Minecraft 1.7.2
Credit: MineMaarten – Original Thread on Minecraft Forum