1. threatened squares: Displays the status of each piece on the board. A red square means that the piece is under attack and not sufficiently defended, or that it is being attacked by a piece of lesser value. This is usually a pretty serious danger signal and means you must take active measures to avoid losing a piece. Yellow means that the piece is under attack, but it is just sufficiently defended. You must be careful about removing any defending piece. Green means the piece has enemy contact but is well defended. Usually it is okay to remove a defending piece.
Why are things inconsistent in this game? Sometimes after I win it says "View game on web" and other times the option isn't there. I've even had it show up once or twice when I lose. After playing a really long and difficult game I want to be able to review it. The fact that the option sometimes doesn't show up is really annoying especially since I expect it to be there. This option should always be there win or lose. Even better would be a way to save all you past games. Bah!
It's good, but one huge problem. When I'm playing a stronger version of Magnus, like age 26, I tend to misplace pieces, which is fine, but you should be able to undo your move even if you get checkmated by Magnus. You may have mouseslipped there as well. It's fristrating. Please address this, and then I might rate the gameplay higher. The controls and graphics are fine. I have another idea that can be put in, but after this one.
This app is really trying to draw you into paying $$. Most training is locked, and there are several other enticements. I find the levels challenging but insulting. I am ELo 1800 and I have difficulty with Magnus age 9. Maybe I stink, maybe the app is trying the old trick of frustrating you just enough to pay money to get better. There are other chess apps out there. I'm not impressed. The graphics are bad, but of course you can pay for better graphics!!
One major design flaw is the inability to view your PGNs even after you exit the match. You get one screen asking if you want to review the PGN, but after a long arduous game you really wanna just not look at the app for a while, and you come back to find your game isn't even there for you to review anymore. Seriously? Not even saved in your profile, there's no game history, then what's the point for a profile?
It's actually really nice, but paying £27 for all the tutorials is expensive. I was expecting an innocent game, but no. Pay up. Which I'm not doing.
NEW AND IMPROVED MAGNUS
You can now challenge 26 year old Magnus in beautiful, virtual New York, New York.
There’s less than two years until the next World Championship, so you better get training!