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31 Great Games Like Chessformer

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Chessformer and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, Chessformer is not available on Android, Mac, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC and Web

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Rob 1221 Dev (@Rob1221Dev)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

20 Hand Picked Video Games Like Chessformer

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Chessformer. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Chessformer. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Mini Metro

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/01/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Dinopolo Club (@DinopoloClub)

Players: This is a single-player game

Create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe in this strategy challenge and keep the system...

Mini Motorways

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Dinopolo Club (@DinopoloClub)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mini Motorways is by the same developer as Mini Metro but tasks you with planning a road network rather than subway. You lay down roads, traffic lights and motorways to ensure enough cars can get to the buildings that pop up in your city as time passes....

Triple Town

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/10/2010, updated in 2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Spry Fox (@SpryFox)

Players: This is a single-player game

Triple Town is a puzzle game where you expand an empire by building cities in a limited space. You combine lower value pieces into better ones to improve your city and make best use of available space. It's simple and quick to pick up but requires...

Patrick's Parabox

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/03/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Clockwork Pat (@ClockworkPat)

Players: This is a single-player game

Patrick's Parabox is a puzzle game where you move, and move through, boxes within boxes. Like a Russian doll, inside each box is another level that you can navigate to create a nested set of puzzles. It's an equally mind-bending and elegant experience...

Chessplosion

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/09/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: CT Matthews (@CTMatthews)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

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...

868-Hack

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single-player game

868-HACK is a puzzle game where you hack a computer program to collect as much data as you can. It's a unique puzzle as collecting data triggers more enemies to appear so you walk a delicate balance between collecting as much as possible, but not so...

Auto Chess

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/04/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Drodo Studio (@DrodoStudio)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

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...

Bomb Club

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/08/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Lozange Lab (@Lozange_Lab)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bomb Club is a puzzle game where you use an arsenal of whacky bombs to clear the board with a chain reaction. You place and trigger the bombs to ensure a single chain and complete the level. It's a novel combination of fun explosions and puzzle solving...

Not Chess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Ovidiu Tepes (@OvidiuTepes)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Pawnbarian

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/09/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: j 4 nw (@_j4nw)

Players: This is a single-player game

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

Really Bad Chess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

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

Platforms: Android, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Helvetica (@Helvetica)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Shotgun King

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/05/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Brain Game, Puzzle, Shooting and Traversal

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Punkcake Delice (@Punkcake_Delice)

Players: This is a single-player game

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).

Twinfold

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Kenny Y Sun (@KennyYSun)

Players: This is a single-player game

Twinfold is a puzzle fighting game played in a small maze. You move around the maze with your square character merging into golden baby cubes to gain energy and squashing angry enemy cubes.

Chezzle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Game Dollar (@Game_Dollar)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Pipe Push Paradise

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/01/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Developer: Corey Martin (@_CoreyMartin)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pipe Push Paradise is a puzzle game about connecting pipes. Your uncle has mysteriously fallen asleep while in the middle of providing water to a tropical island, and you have been sent to finish the job. It's a unique twist on Pipe Mania that combines...

You're Pulleying My Leg

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/04/2014

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

You're Pulleying My Leg is a running around puzzle game where you move mirrors to reflect a beam of light down into a mine, destroying blocks and letting you reach the secret within. While it sounds simple, it requires a great deal of persistence,...

Lazy Chess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Strategy and Traversal

Developer: Lazy Chess Game (@LazyChessGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

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.

Pushy and Pully

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Resistance Stdio (@ResistanceStdio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Pushy and Pully is a puzzle game where you push blocks into enemies to kill them, or into each other to gain special attacks. The action takes place on a single screen with up to two players. After 10 levels there is a large enemy to defeat before...

These Robotic Hearts of Mine

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/10/2011

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Web and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

These Robotic Hearts of Mine is a narrative puzzle game where you uncover a metaphorical story by completing levels. Unusually, the levels don't tell the story directly. They are difficult rotation-based Rubik's cube-inspired puzzles. But they are also...

Train Braining

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/03/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

Train Braining is a puzzle game where you lay train track to then deliver passengers to their required platforms. While sounds simple, but due to the minimal passenger room on your train and the layout of each miniature level, the solution is rarely as...

4 Board Game Alternatives to Chessformer

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7 Video Games Like Chessformer Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Chessformer. This includes games from the Platform, Puzzle and Brain Game genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

1 Easier Video Game than Chessformer

If you like the sound of Chessformer but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

7 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Chessformer

If you like the sound of Chessformer but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Chessformer Accessibility Report.
 

Chessformer is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Chessformer in the following lists:

Thinky Puzzle Games

All games make you think in some way or other. However, some are designed to stretch your puzzle-knowhow more than others. There are games that don't lean on reactions or visuals to tell a story. Instead, they offer a conundrum to get you thinking.

I've worked with some people from the Thinky Puzzle Game movement to track down the best little games that get you thinking. "The devotees of such games have been known to smile at all sorts of diverse puzzles and conundrums. Puzzle games, platformers, number games, word games, games with or without grids, games with or without secrets. Easy games. Hard games. But keep it thinky and save your FPS games and dexterity-intensive platformers for another day."

Many of the games in this list look simple and, well, a bit basic. But that is part of the charm. The clever bit is how their design draws you in and gets you thinking. If you want more like this, you can find helpful people on the Thinky Puzzle Discord group.
 

When Chess Gets Too Trying, Try These Instead

Chess is a game that has stood the test of time. It's the ultimate test of strategy, forward planning and cunning. While there are some games that offer a computer chess experience, more interesting are games that use chess as inspiration.

These games use the familiar movement of the pieces, the ability to plan ahead and the standard grid layout as part of their video game challenge. Although this may sound like a bad idea (why not just play proper chess) many offer a nuanced and intriguing experience. They also have the benefit of being an on-ramp to the world of chess that can be unapproachable.

The games in this list all have chess-like elements, are turn-based and usually played in a grid playfield.
 

Gaming 101: Puzzle Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Puzzle games.

Puzzle video games are a broad genre, as there is something puzzling, or something to solve in most games. The games we specify here focus on a puzzle or conundrum as the main interactive mechanic. They test many problem-solving skills, logic, pattern recognition, sequence solving, spatial recognition, and word completion.

Some puzzle games will focus on a traditional, self-contained, puzzle board with pieces to move. Other video games take this in more conceptual directions, offering puzzles that involve Action, Platforming, Shooting or even Role-Play relationships with other characters.

In this way, the puzzle can be used to communicate frustration, difficulty or tension as well as offer a sense of control, understanding and ease in or Adventure games. Most Puzzle video games are, by their nature, Turn Based but they can also be integrated into more pressured and time-limited Action game experiences.
 

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 
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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