Lexibook Chessman Classic

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Manual for Lexibook Chessman Classic

Jan 7, 2009
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Pros:Looks pretty.

Cons:Very frustrating.  Manual too brief.  Lexibook.com only in French language so no help there.

The Bottom Line: The basic game is okay, but the computer part is frustrating and useless without understanding it.  Without proper computer instruction, I'd have to say avoid it.


We want a good manual for the Lexibook Chessman Classic game.  The one provided with the game is not very extensive.  The beeps and lights of the computer are confusing and frustrating without adequate explanations.  Lexibook's website (www.lexibook.com) is only in the French language - which is fine if you read and understand French.  Good customer support is crucial and we aren't finding it with this product.  My son loves chess and begged me for this game so I bought it - thinking it would be fun to play chess with him.  So far, we are having a difficult time figuring out the nuances of the computer, especially the multi-player mode.  My son has made errors in using it and has to keep hitting "New Game" because, for example, the game won't let him select a pawn, the beeps mean something we don't know, he becomes frustrated, and I want to throw the game out the window.  We understand the rules of chess and have a nice glass chessboard.  The Lexibook chess board looks inviting and looks as though it would travel well.  I loved the feature that you could play against the computer, but without a decent manual it is most difficult to learn what the beeps and lights mean.  We could have just bought a simple chessboard (much less expensive than the Lexibook Chessman Classic computer-driven game). 

My son wants to return the game to the store but I want to figure it out.  It will be worth what we paid for if we can decipher the nuances of the computer.  This, however, is only possible with an excellent manual or access to someone, or a website, who speaks in our language.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 20.00
Type of Toy: Game
Age Range of Child: Whole Family

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