You can read about the original BATTLE CHESS here:
Playing Emulator Software can be a little tricky if you have never played the original computer. Here are a few tips to get you started with BATTLE CHESS on an Emulator.
- BATTLE CHESS is a 2 disk game. The “AUTO START DISK/TAPE” (function under the “FILE” menu of WinVice) will not work for Disk B You need to mount Disk B of BATTLE CHESS (when prompted) in WinVice under the “FILE” menu as follows: FILE/ATTACH DISK IMAGE/DRIVE 8. Don’t bother trying to attach the second BATTLE CHESS disk to DRIVE 9 as this will also not work. Whenever prompted by the BATTLE CHESS program to swap disk, attach the correct disk file to DRIVE 8 and press ENTER on your PC. If you follow the above instruction you will have no problems in loading the game.
- The program stops on the Loading Screen. You can tell it has stopped when the red loading light changes to black. At this point, press the SPACE BAR on your PC and the game will continue loading. (This also applies for any software loaders that you might encounter on any Emulator Software. Just keeping pressing the SPACE BAR !!
- On the first OPTION SCREEN, press 2 on your keyboard to play BATTLE CHESS.
- Unless you have a Joystick that you can configure in WinVice, you will have to become familiar with the locations of the original Commodore keys on your PC. Just study the key layout of a Commodore and imagine where these keys are on your PC Keyboard. The usual QWERTY keys are mostly the same, but there are differences. ie. the CONTROL key on a Commodore will probably be the TAB key on your PC. In BATTLE CHESS fortunately you just have to use 4 keys (for directions) and the ENTER key to input your move. I = UP K = DOWN, J = LEFT and L = RIGHT.
- The pop-down OPTION MENUS are hidden in BATTLE CHESS at the top of the Game Screen. In order to reach them, just direct the darkened chess square pointer past the top of the chess board and the OPTION MENU will show. Once your pointer is in the OPTION MENU you can direct where you want to go with the direction keys as explained under number 4.
BATTLE CHESS is easy to use. You just need to spend a two or three minutes to familiarize yourself with the controls.