The default preferences are:
These preferences can be adjusted as follows:
- In the running tally of winners at the top of the screen, the app keeps track of the number of games won by Light, the number of games won by Dark, and the number of draws. The tally is reset whenever a different number of players is chosen or the app quits. Turn off the running tally if you find it distracting.
- Verbose prompts are useful when you're learning how to control the game. Once you're used to the controls, turning off verbose prompts can be less distracting.
Show valid moves
- By default, the app indicates in blue which moves are possible for the current player in any given position. Once you're familiar with which moves are valid in qirkat, you may wish to turn off this playing aid.
Show human controls
- When you're playing against another human or the AI, you may wish to turn off the human controls (
Quit) at the bottom of the screen until the game is finished.
- The arrows to the left and right of the human controls at the bottom of the screen allow you to flip back and forth through moves already played and, if you've made a mistake or want to try a new path through the game, redo a move. Unchecking this box disables that option.
- By default, you don't have to play a piece if you've already touched it: You can instead simply click on a new piece and make your move with that piece. Checking this box forces you to move a valid piece once you've touched it, like in chess.
- The AI's strength can be adjusted from 0 to 8, corresponding to the number of moves and countermoves it's allowed to look ahead (search depth). The greater the search depth, the stronger (and slower) the AI plays. The default strength is a search depth of 3.
- Even if it searches far ahead, the AI can play pretty fast. You can delay the AI's moves by up to 2 seconds or reduce the delay to 0. The default is 1 second.