A great game ruined by a terrible idea.
I'm a big fan of chess. It's a nice game to play when you just want to sit down and do something relaxing. Chinese chess? Sure that's good. Though the abilities of the pieces in the Western version does make it a bit more challenging and at least mixes it up. Zombie pieces? Holy shit yes. Not having any pieces when you start out and having to click on a tombstone to get a monster only to find out that it's your opponent's monster? Worst idea I've ever heard implied to chess. It really pissed me off when I'd click a tombstone and my opponent's monster would pop up. I played half a match without any pieces. I was just summoning his monsters and having them slaughter the few pieces I had. I even made the CPU dumb and he still beat me 7 times because of that one factor.
That one idea ruined the whole experience for me. I'm sure it did it in for other people too. The few people that think it's real great must enjoy trying to fight off half a field of monsters with three pawns. The game would've been great if you had just removed that one factor. The graphics are swell and fit the style of the game. The music can get a little annoying after a while but otherwise it fits the game as well. If you're thinking about a sequel then you might want to remove that one thing that ruined it.