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Shogi is a version of Chess, or Chess is a version of Shogi. They both come from the same game invented many centuries ago. Shogi is different from Chess in several ways, but the biggest is that pieces that are captured are used by the player who captured them. So "end game" is very different from Chess.

Shogi also has a 9 x 9 playing board instead of an 8 x 8 board like Chess. The pieces in Shogi are King, Knight, Pawn, Bishop, Rook, Gold General, Silver General and Lance.

One challenge for new players of Shogi, is that traditionally the pieces have Kanji on them. This software uses either kanji OR pictures which make more

What's New

Version 2:
  • features a demo mode for free play, and more features for users who purchase a key.


Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later

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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 3,639
Version Downloads 825
License Demo
Date 16 Jan 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.95
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