Chess Club is a lightweight offline app for playing chess on the go


For the most part, all games require you to think in order to play. Puzzle games require you to think logically, while action games might require you to think on your feet and make decisions in the moment. But if you’re looking for a game that really challenges your mind, then chess is a pretty good option.

Chess is also a game not necessarily meant for adults. It can be played by people of all ages. It might even have benefits for young children because it can teach them about the consequences of their actions, where making a wrong move could result in a crucial piece being taken off the board, or losing the game entirely.

It also teaches you how to think strategically, where instead of just thinking of your next move, you’ll also have to consider your opponent’s next move, and your future moves as well, along with thinking up of various scenarios that could play out so that you don’t find yourself stuck or simply reacting to your opponent.

That being said, if you are looking for a chess game to play on your phone, then Chess Club could be a good choice.

Free to play

One of the reasons why we are recommending Chess Club is because it is free to play. The game is completely free and there are no paywalls. This means that you don’t have to worry about developers trying to monetize the game by locking certain features behind a paywall that you’ll have to pay in order to access or advance in the game.

There are some paid features though, but those are completely optional and you don’t have to spend a single cent if you don’t want to. This includes paying to remove ads from the game completely, which will only cost you a mere $2.99, or if you want to unlock additional hints to help you get past your opponent.

Once again, this is completely optional because if you don’t mind ads and want to learn how to play the game without hints, you can do that.

Offline play

One of the annoying features of most games these days, even games that aren’t necessarily multiplayer, is that developers require you to have an internet connection. This is kind of silly, but it’s also what makes Chess Club perfect.

The game is completely playable offline, so if you’re traveling somewhere like in a plane or a rural part of the world where you don’t have an internet connection, you can still access Chess Club on your phone and play it as a way to pass the time.

Varying degrees of difficulty

For those who are starting out in chess, the game might be kind of intimidating. Thankfully, the developers behind Chess Club have included varying degrees of difficulty – eight different levels to be precise. This means that if you’re a complete beginner, you can start at the bottom, but those who want more of a challenge, those options are available to you too.

You will be playing against a computer as your opponent (which is why it’s an offline game), which also means that if you make a mistake, you can always undo your move and try again. This is less strict compared to playing chess online or in real-life, where there might not be an option for you to take back a move once your finger has lifted off the chess piece.

You can also check out your personal stats, get hints on future moves which you can then learn and apply it in future games, and more.

So if you’re looking for a chess Android game or a chess iOS game, then Chess Club is definitely worth taking a look at.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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