If you've seen the videos, then you'll know Pure Chess is a thing of beauty using every pixel of the Vita's screen to show off each piece to its best. Then, once that novelty wears off, there's just you and a computer or play-by-email opponent (no live WiFi or PSN two-player mode, which is rather a disappointment).
When playing you can use the touchscreen to move (tap a piece and possible destination squares are highlighted) and you can drag to look around the board in real-time. Hidden in the options, you can change the music from Classical to Jazz, Chill or, um, Nature. You can also visit the Pure Store and download new chess sets for a change of scenery for a small fee. There are some trophies for the obvious achievements, but Chess isn't a game to go a bundle on variety there.
So, yes, this is just Chess, but the best looking Chess yet with a deeply relaxing atmosphere, and I've seen them all from the ZX-81 through Battle Chess to the endless super-deep PC versions. I can't tell you how good the engine is, because I'm not that good. If you like Chess (or strategy games in general) buy it, I'd have given it a 9/10 if it had a decent lobby and multiplayer mode (and a 10 if it came with an old leather chair).
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