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Lego Chess

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Lego Chess
Lego Chess cover
Developers
Krisalis Software
Publishers
Lego Media
Release dates
Windows November 11, 1998
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Genres Chess
Series Lego
Lego Chess guide on StrategyWiki
Lego Chess on MobyGames
Lego Chess on Wikipedia
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Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Lego Chess is a singleplayer and multiplayer chess game in the Lego series.

Key points

Installer is 16-bit only, but a workaround is available. See Running the game on 64-bit Windows.

General information

Lego Wiki
Brickimedia
Rock Raiders United - A fan forum for all of the classic Lego games.

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Early releases of the game use SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Later releases use a simple disc check.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements

Patches

Two official patches are available. Install the Version 2.06B_int Update Patch and then ChessCDFix.exe.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\profiles\prof1.lcp[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\profiles[Note 2]

Video

External options screen (only accessible via the /video command line argument).
External options screen (only accessible via the /video command line argument).
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use nGlide.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects and music
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Danish
Titled LEGO Skak.
Dutch
French
Titled Jeu d'échecs LEGO.
German
Titled LEGO Schach.
Italian
Titled LEGO Scacchi.
Brazilian Portuguese
Spanish
Titled Ajedrez LEGO.
Russian
Published by Noviy Disk.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Hot seat
LAN play
2
Online play
2

Connection types

Issues fixed

Running the game on 64-bit Windows

Although the game installer is 16-bit, the actual game is 32-bit. The only way to play it is to use an alternate installer or WineVDM:

Installing the game via alternate installer

Setting up the game with an alternate installer[citation needed]
  1. Somewhere on the computer (ex. the Desktop), create a new folder called "SETUP".
  2. Copy the contents of the Lego Chess CD and paste them into the folder that was created before.
  3. When everything has finished copying, go to <Setup Folder> and delete the SETUP.EXE file.
  4. Download the generic 32-bit installer and add it to the folder.
  5. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. Once the installer has finished, download the missing text file and add it to <path-to-game>.
  7. Run the Lego Chess.exe file to play the game.

Game crashes on startup or during gameplay

Crashes on startup[citation needed]
Crashes during gameplay
  1. Use "Run" from the Windows start menu and assign the game's source folder as an A Drive.
    Example subst A: "DriveLetter:\FolderofYourChoice\Lego Media\"
  2. To remove the drive later, use this command in Run: subst A: /D or reboot the computer.
  3. Ensure the game is running in Windows 95 compatibility Mode.

3D Rendering Options

Change the graphics driver settings

The "Krisalis Software Driver" is the default, this driver has a lower color depth and a "wobbly" 3D, sort of look like the original PlayStation.

The "D3D" driver while blurring some textures has higher color depth and closer to the Nintendo 64. To set up "D3D" follow the instructions here.

https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/DgVoodoo_2#DirectX_2-8 In later Windows versions (and under Wine in Linux/Mac OS) the game might not properly detect Direct3D support without using some workarounds.

  1. Set the game shortcut (or .exe file) to run in Windows 98 or 95 compatibility mode. If using Wine, change the Windows version in winecfg instead.
  2. Also set the "Chess Configuration" shortcut to run in Windows 98 or 95 compatibility mode.
  3. Next, run the "Chess Configuration" item in the start menu (or launch the game with the /video command-line argument).
  4. In the dialogue that appears, set the graphics driver to D3D 4MB+, which should now be a selectable option.

If still encountering issues in Windows 8 or 10, consider trying WineD3D.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D
Glide
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA video card
4 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References