Holochess on Star Wars: Jedi Challenges (Disney)
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Holochess on Star Wars: Jedi Challenges (Disney)

You can now play the Star Wars Holochess game without the pricey headset

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Apr 19, 2018, 2:01 PM EDT

Good news, Star Wars gaming fans. Apple-device users can now play the Holochess game that first appeared in the original 1977 Star Wars film (OK, fine, in Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope) through the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app without the (pricey) AR headset! 

That monster-filled holographic chess game that R2-D2 and Chewbacca play on the Millennium Falcon while heading to what’s left of Alderaan has been available through Star Wars: Jedi Challenges since the app was launched late last year. But users needed the AR headset in order to play. Now, users have full access to Holochess (aka Dejarik) to play for free on Apple devices.

With its latest update, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges has added ARKit compatibility. This allows users with iPhones or iPads running iOS 11 full access to the Holochess game mode, which includes 18 levels across six planets with eight unlockable creatures with special abilities directly from their mobile device.

It’s kind of like traditional chess, only instead of moving rooks, you’re moving Kintan striders. And instead of moving diagonally, you’re using your Mantellian Savrip to stomp up and down on your opponent’s Houjix. So, you know, just like chess. 

Now, players will still need the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, lightsaber controller, and tracking beacon to access Star Wars: Jedi Challenges' other game modes, such as the Lightsaber Battles and Strategic Combat scenarios. But, hey — now you no longer need to wear that bulky helmet to play monster space chess. 

The Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app is available for free on the Apple Store. And we’d say let the Wookie win, but you know what? We’re not your life coach. Play however you want.