Ripstone’s Chess Ultra is still one of the best ways to get your chess fix, but if you’re growing tired of seeing the same old chess pieces, then the latest DLC may just bring new life to the game. Step forward the Isle of Lewis set!

Inspired by the Lewis chessman, arguably the oldest chess pieces ever found, the Isle of Lewis Chess Set contains an incredibly detailed set of pieces made from walrus ivory – the virtual kind of course. These distinctive looking pieces were discovered way back in 1831 on the Uig bay, Lewis, but are actually thought to be much more ancient, dating back to the 12th century and created in one of the Nordic countries. Given the historical importance of the set they are moulded on, it sounds like a must have for the most ardent of Chess fanatics, at the very least.

Those wanting to instil the medieval vibe into proceedings, and potentially spruce up their chess playing antics in the meantime, will need to spend £2.79 over on the Microsoft Store to acquire the Chess Ultra: Isle of Lewis Chess Set for Xbox One. Do you think it’s worth picking up a new set to play with in Chess Ultra? As always, we’d love to know your thoughts in the comments or via social media.

DLC Description:

Inspired by the Isle of Lewis chess set, this download pack for Chess Ultra contains an incredibly detailed set of chess pieces made from walrus ivory (virtual, of course!). The Lewis chessmen are thought to be among the oldest chess pieces ever found. They were discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland which is where their name is derived. Experts estimate they were made in the 12th century, somewhere between 1150 and 1200, in Norway or Iceland.

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