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« on: November 29, 2005, 04:44AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on November 28, 2005, 11:40AM   

I always thought the Novag Disney Magic Castle was an odd chess computer...  and now I have one!

Congratulations!

And the pictures are very good (like always!)

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since the chess program only has two levels and it's hard to picture folks trying to put it to play against other computers.

yes, I haven't tried it until now! 

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I liked the figures:



They are handpainted!

And there are at least 2 versions of the castle: one with both key-rows on the right and the other with one row on each side (one of them is rather rare, but i don't know which one it is! )

Maybe, it is a matter of the color of the box: I know, there are red and blue boxes.

I'm sure, Steve knows more about it!


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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2005, 11:57PM »
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Nice Castle Ismenio 

If I was a little younger I would be shooting the Mickeys off the battlements with elastic bands. 

Would you let children play with these chess computers?

1. Spare CC7
2. Novag Magic Castle
3. Touch Screen Chess
4. Eyeball
5. Mephisto Bavaria
6. Novag Robot
7. Byte

Creche chess regards
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2005, 11:02PM »
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Hi Ismenio,

I have never seen it in shops or advertisings...
but the late 80s was not a very active chess period for me (although I regulary bought Europe Echecs, in which I'm pretty sure there was no ad for the Castle) and as I had no children, I did not go very often to toy's shops (the castle was also not in the Chess shops of Paris)

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2005, 07:31PM »
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Thanks Alain. I noticed the box has the details in English, German and French. Do you know if it was popular in France?

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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2005, 11:55AM »
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It looks great ! Congratulations !

But you opened it almost one month too soon 

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I always thought the Novag Disney Magic Castle was an odd chess computer...  and now I have one!

I still think it is more likely to go to the toy section of a catalog but after playing with the "little" fellow for a bit I have to say that I enjoyed it. Maybe it's the kid in me since the chess program only has two levels and it's hard to picture folks trying to put it to play against other computers.

However, it does play other games besides chess
Here are some pictures and some details that I haven't seen/noticed before about it, mostly for those curious about this computer.

The box:



It came with everything! All the docs and the extra stuff:



This thing is big and take up a lot of space:



I liked the figures:



The back of the castle opens so that you can store the pieces there:



The castle and the board, separated:




It runs on 4 C batteries (or an adapter). And it was made in Macau.



The Disney characters teach you the basics:



And a rather overweight Mickey explains the value of the pieces:



If you see one for sale, make sure the packaging is complete as it is tricky to store it if you don't have the box, especially the cardboard that houses the castle:



One thing I really liked: the sensors are very sensitive. I just touch them lightly and the moves are registered:



I still wonder if it is really complete as I couldn't find tinkerbell or any bags with pixie dust!

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