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Not Chess Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.


Not Chess is a puzzle game similar to Chess, but you only have one piece, which morphs into whatever piece you take. It's a simple way of getting to grips with some of the basic rules of chess in a low-pressure, single-player environment, while also providing a play experience that's novel and fun in its own right.

In each level, you start out with a single chess piece on a board scattered with various static pieces. Your movement is defined by whatever your piece is (ie. a Rook, Queen, Pawn, etc.), but each time you take a piece, you become that piece and inherit its movement limitations. Each level is a puzzle where you have a set number of moves and a time limit in which you must try and obtain a coin on the board, after which you progress to the next level.

It offers a fresh twist on Chess and is a relaxing way to practice your skills, and get to grips with the movement of chess pieces.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Ovidiu Tepes (@OvidiuTepes)


Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Each level has a maximum number of moves, but can often be beaten in less, and all are very brief.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Rated 4+ on the Apple App Store.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


There are three difficulty levels; Easy, Medium, and Hard. Each difficulty increase reduces the time, moves, or both you have to complete a level. You can undo a move if you make a mistake.

Each place your piece can move to is clearly outlined, and different objects are clearly visible and distinguishable from each other.
Our Not Chess Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:

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