HOXChess

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HOXChess

Top recommended free Chinese chess and a well designed open source program supporting multi platforms

4.5

Our rating: 

4.5
License: Free (Open source)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free Chinese Chess
Categories: Games, Chinese Chess

Pros & Cons:

Support multi platforms and work with multiple online game sites, configurable user interface with optional board and chessmen designs, support multiple engines with adjustable difficulty levels, open and save games in xml format.
No import from other game formats, no undo and redo moves although steps forward and backward are available for reviewing games. Computer vs computer mode not available.

Our Review:

HOXChess is top recommended free Chinese chess and a well designed open source program supporting multi platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac OS. It even has a mobile version for iPhone/iPod Touch available for free download from App Store.

You can use the application to open a saved table, play against a computer engine, or play other people online for free via a variety of remote servers such as PlayXiangqi and Chesscape. The user interface is appealing and highly configurable with optional boards and chessmen designed to your liking.

HOXChess comes with a large selection of engines including Tsito developed by Noah Roberts, XQWLight by Morning Yellow, Folium by Wangmao Lin, MaxQi and a stronger engine HaQiKi D by H.G. Muller. Each of the engines is adjustable for difficulty levels ranging from 1 to 10.

Games can be opened or saved into text-based xml format but no import from other formats is supported so far. Neither are undo and redo moves available although forward and backward steps are handy for reviewing game.


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