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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


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

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

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Strategy and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Ovidiu Tepes (@OvidiuTepes)




Play Time: 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.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

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 no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Not Chess Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:
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.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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