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DOS - 1985

Also available on: Dragon 32/64 - ZX Spectrum

Alt names Laptop Chess, Cyrus IS Chess, Cyrus 1981 European Champion, Chess
Year 1985
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Simulation
Theme Chess
Publisher Intelligent Chess Software Ltd
Developer Intelligent Chess Software Ltd
Perspectives Isometric, Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.72
3.94 / 5 - 16 votes

Description of Cyrus

One of the world's first chess games designed for experts, Cyrus is also unfortunately one of the least known due to limited distribution. Which is a shame, because the game not only sports one of the best chess engines of its time, but also is one of the most playable.

The game can be played from a novel isometric 3D perspective, and you can rotate the board in any direction. Traditional 2D overhead view is also available, although it looks very primitive compared to the isometric mode. You can turn the clock on or off, view analysis mode, examine game, or watch the computer play itself.

The game has 16 (!) difficulty levels, although it takes such an excruciatingly long time to move in levels above 5 that you might as well stick with the lower levels, which already present enough challenge for an average chess player.

Overall, Cyrus is an excellent chess program from a specialized chess software company (now defunct) that deserves a second chance. Highly recommended!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

? 2021-06-29 0 point

Even after all these years, my question is still not answered. WHY is Cyrus chess?

Ed win ed lose 2015-03-22 -1 point DOS version

spectrum majic

Gus_nn 2011-11-26 -1 point DOS version


Blinddarm 2010-04-02 1 point DOS version

Interesting Feature:

This Game will run also on MDA/ Hercules Graphic Cards.
Check it out with Dosbox by configure the Config File
to "Machine=Hercules"
You will have some nice ASCII GRaphics ;-)

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