Jan 15, 2015
Draughts (AKA Checkers) games aren’t exactly uncommon on Android, but it is hard to argue with the promise of free multiplayer. Does Draughts Online Free deliver on this promise?
Draughts Online Free is a basic Draughts game. There are no difficulty settings but at least the AI is passable and plays a decent game of Draughts. There are multiple versions of the game as well which is nice. Whatâ€™s missing though is the option to enable or disable forced captures. Some people do not play with this rule, so this is a strange omission. Russian, Brazilian, Spanish and International variants are available. There is also an additional variant interestingly called Suicide. This one tasks players with losing as fast as possible. the first one to lose or their pieces or have no moves available wins!
Draughts Online Free plays a decent game of Draughts, at least offline. As said above The AI makes a decent opponent although it does seem very aggressive and there are no difficulty settings to speak of.
As for the lauded multiplayer, I couldn’t get the game to connect once. I attempted to do so over both my home Wi-Fi and 4G, and neither worked. Every time I attempted to play online the game got stuck at a â€œconnectingâ€ message forever. If the phone enters sleep mode it aborts connecting and shows an ad when you unlock it.
To add insult to injury, the one time it seemed to get past â€œestablishing connectionâ€ another message appeared telling me I had lost without even playing and an ad popped up. Thatâ€™s right; the only noteworthy feature of this game fails to work. Hopefully this is rectified at some point in the future.
Without working multiplayer there is just little reason to pick this app over other, better Checkers apps. There are many other board games on Android such as Ludo and Chess games which work just fine online, so there is little excuse.
On the bright side, the game contains no IAP. There are ads displayed after games, but this is reasonable and there are no annoying ad banners or other elements to get in your way while playing.
Graphically, Draughts Online Free is very basic for a Draughts game. While it looks fine as Checkers games go, there are no interesting little touches like alternate boards or pieces, which are a common sight in other Android board games, such as Ludo Master. The highlight for selecting pieces is also needlessly hard to see and the gameâ€™s menus look cheap. The only sound is a clicking sound when selecting items.
Draughts Online Free could have been a decent, if basic game, but the broken multiplayer defeats the purpose of playing and there are other more fully featured Draughts games on Android.