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Using Chess Pieces Inappropriately

Chess is, perhaps, the greatest game of all time. Still, that doesn't mean that it can't be improved upon? Whether or not these games make the game better, they use the basic chess moves to create a new experience.

It's a testament to how deeply engrained the different chess piece moves are in our psyche. Putting them to work in different contexts feels both familiar and unfamiliar. We know how they work, which are the most valuable and which are our favourites. But in a new context these things are challenged so we discover new uses for each of them.

This list includes 11 games from the last 6 years, with 20 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play with chess pieces.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Brain Game, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Shooting, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 20
 

 

Chessplosion

Release Date: 21/09/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Chessplosion is an action, puzzle game where you drop chess pieces on a board to trigger bombs in the shape of their related chess moves. Your aim is to use the different pieces (and bomb attacks) to trap opponents like Bomberman. No prior chess...

Auto Chess

Release Date: 18/04/2019

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS

Auto Chess is a strategy game where you set-up automated actions to gain a competitive advantage. As you play you purchase units that will battle for you, each unit has different attributes that can collaborate with other units. The goal ultimately is...

Pawnbarian

Release Date: 24/09/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Pawnbarian is a puzzle game where you attack enemies in a dungeon based on chess moves. You build a deck of different pieces and use them in battles

Shotgun King

Release Date: 12/05/2022

Platforms: PC

Shotgun King is a gruesome game of chess where you play a single piece with a shotgun. It combines turn-based strategic runs with classic chess moves. It's a game of Chess where all your comrades have gone to the other side (and you found a firearm).

Knight's Retreat

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Knight's Retreat is a chess-themed puzzle game. It's not played on a chess board, but the pieces do move as they usually do. Rather than check-mate, your aim is to get your Knights back to their home squares in each level.

Not Chess

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

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Really Bad Chess

Release Date: 13/10/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Really Bad Chess is like chess, but with random pieces selected for each player. Try 8 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 3 pawns. Starting positions are also non-standard. It sounds like a bad idea (hence the name) but actually opens the imposing chess challenge...

Chezzle

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Chezzle is similar to chess, but here you only have one piece that changes to whatever you take. It features a relaxing soundscape and encouraging messages, and allows you to get the grips of the rules of chess at your own pace while also creating a...

Chessformer

Release Date: 02/01/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC and Web

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Chessformer is a running and jumping game where you are trying to capture the king. The twist is that it's turn based and you move around obstacles using chess pieces that can only behave as they do in the game of chess.

Lazy Chess

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Lazy Chess is a puzzle game that simplifies the classic game for newcomers. Rather than choose any move yourself, you simply choose between the best two options.

SokoChess

Release Date: 12/08/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

SokoChess is a puzzle about pushing chess pieces into place. You use your white pieces to push the black pieces to their destination, but must avoid being taken as you do it. It's an unusual take on Sokoban block-pushing puzzles, not least because your...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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