Thursday, February 28, 2013


Today's app of the day is ChessSetArt.

Apple immortalized the saying "there is an app for that", and nothing rings truer almost 5 years later as you realize the breadth, depth and obscurity of some of the apps in the Google Play store. I have written a lot of reviews about apps that appeal to users with very specific interests in the past, but with ChessSetArt I think I may have reached a new level of focus. Is it a bad thing? Not at all, because at the end of the day ChessSetArt is a great app that you may be surprised to enjoy!

In short, ChessSetArt is an app purely devoted to the quite impressive craftsmanship that goes into making a chess set. Not just any old chess set, but ones with beautifully carved pieces made out of obscure materials over move than half a millenia.

The way this app showcases that quite focuses, but still incredibly large subject matter, is through 25 professionally recorded mini-documentaries on each set. The documentaries do not stop at just talking about the sets though - they actually include interviews with the "who's who" of the chess, history and arts world.

User reviews are starting to trickle in, and they are overwhelmingly positive:

A guide on the chess history. Its very hard to believe that all these sets had been created over past 4 centuries. App’s controls are very easy to master and overall its a great app about world’s best chess sets.

The best collections of the chess sets ever created by a human being. Awesome facts and very easy in use app.

I’m really impressed with the Muslim Silver Mushroom. Its is unbelievable... how could these guys create such silver masterpieces...amazing

All in all, I found myself far more entertained by this app than I would have previously expected, so give it a try!

In the words of the developer:

A one-of-a-kind APP featuring exquisitely filmed mini-documentaries of 25 of the world’s greatest chess sets––including the Russian masterpiece made by Faberge, said to be the world’s most valuable set. Also included are sets by Dadaist artist Man Ray; the Salvador Dali “Fingers” set; an amber set believed to have been fashioned in the workshop of Catherine the Great; a Murano glass set; a Meissen porcelain set; a complete set from the 16th Century, and many more.  Discussing the art value and political history of the sets are Susan Polgar, the world’s first female Grandmaster; Sarah Coffin, Curator of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; Graham Beal, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts; and the collectors themselves, Dr. George and Vivian Dean.
Price: . $9.99