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30 Great Games Like Not Chess

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Not Chess and have found the following:
 

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.

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

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: @OvidiuTepes

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

23 Hand Picked Games Like Not Chess

These are our hand-picked games similar to Not Chess. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Not Chess. These selections also include 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: @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...

Pokémon Cafe Mix

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Pokemon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and delivering orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that is...

Puzzle Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/03/2007, updated in 2019

Platforms: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @i2Games

Players: This is a single player game

Puzzle Quest 3 is the latest in a series of games that combine role-playing with tile-matching puzzles. Set in a fantasy world, you move around the map, encountering monsters and other enemies. When you go the battle are played out as tile puzzles where...

Transformers: Battlegrounds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Transformers: Battlegrounds is a strategy game that's accessible for a range of abilities. It offers a robot-themed XCOM style game for younger players.

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: @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: @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...

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2017

Price: 43% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.

Into The Breach

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Stadia and Switch

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @SubsetGames

Players: This is a single player game

Into the Breach is a fantasy turn-based battle. It's set in a future where humanity fights an army of giant monsters. You control mechs equipped with a variety of weapons and armour in carefully coordinate actions played out on super-small tile-based...

Stormbound Kingdom Wars

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/09/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @PaladinStudios

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Stormbound is a strategic battle game combining Chess and Clash Of Clans gameplay. You build an army by earning cards for different units, defences and abilities. These have to be carefully chosen to do well in the battles...

Puyo Puyo (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @Sega

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Puyo Puyo Champions (Puyo Puyo eSports in Japan) is the latest in a puzzle game series where you line up slime-like Puyo creatures who fall from the top of the screen. The trick is to rotate the groups of two, three, and four colours to line up with...

Road Not Taken

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/08/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: @SpryFox

Players: This is a single player game

Road Not Taken is a puzzle adventure game where you help a village from losing its children in the storms. It's a low pressure, but complex, puzzle where you head into the forrest to find and free the children by moving items and enemies around. You...

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, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @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: @DrodoStudio

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

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...

Imbroglio

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/05/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @Smestorp

Players: This is a single player game

Imbroglio is a puzzle game where you take a character into a dungeon and progress by collecting stars. The twist is that combat is focused not only your abilities but the tile you and standing one when you attack. Although each character has different...

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 and Turn-Based

Developer: @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...

Spaceland

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @TortugaTeam

Players: This is a single player game

Spaceland is a quick turn-based strategy game where you command sci-fi troopers to shoot, kick, blow up and destroy the enemy. It's a little like a game of chess as you equip and plan your missions, before carefully moving and attacking on your turn.

Wargroove

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/02/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @ChucklefishLtd

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.

After Midnight

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @AfterburnGames

Players: This is a single player game

After Midnight is a small puzzle-style role play game where you lead a team of animal medics to contain a virus outbreak in a hospital. It's a simple game that offers a window into the life of a healthworker. Subsidised by the National Centre for...

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: @CTMatthews

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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...

Chezzle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @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...

Collapsus

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @WraithGames

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Collapsus is a puzzle game where you match tiles. You rotate the screen to adjust which way is down, then tapping a single tiles makes it disappear. And vertical or horizontal lines with matching colours you create also disappear. Tapping a single tile...

Pawnbarian

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/09/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @_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.

Pushy and Pully

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @ResistanceStdio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

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...

9 Games Like Not Chess Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Not Chess. This includes games from the Turn-Based and Puzzle genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

2 Easier Games than Not Chess

If you like the sound of Not Chess but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating required.
 

2 More Accessible Games than Not Chess

If you like the sound of Not Chess 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 Not Chess Accessibility Report.
 

Not Chess 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 Not Chess in the following lists:

Chess-Like Play

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.
 

Your First Video Game

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

We've found that it's not just parents who have enjoyed the way these games let them in on the world of gaming, but grandparents, uncles and aunts. In fact it's a great list for anyone who's never played a game and wants to know what all the fuss is about.
 

Wield Absolute Control

Things don’t stay put. You’re the only one keeping the ship afloat. You can’t get people to do what you tell them. The effort you spend doesn’t produce the results it deserves. Well, in these video games you get to wield complete control over people, things, situations or even whole worlds.

If games offer an escape from chaos, these games are particularly good at granting a sense of satisfying agency and power as they do that. Whether it’s ordering the perfect stock room in Wilmot’s Warehouse, organising your island in Animal Crossing, perfectly controlling the flow of traffic in Mini Motorways or even build civilisation just the way you want it in Civilization the sense of satisfaction and calm from the achievement is second to none.
 
Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
198x
PEGI Rating 12 for 198x

Develop Critical Thinking

Being able to discern between reliable sources and unreliable sources of information is an important skill for children to develop. This starts with questions of trust and authority but then leads to decisions about how we use and share information ourselves.

We've worked with Childnet International on this list of games that help children and young people experiment with what they should trust and the potential unintended consequences. Childnet International is an online safety charity working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. They believe that the internet is a wonderfully positive tool for children and young people. Childnet are also part of the UK Safer Internet Centre and organise Safer Internet Day in the UK every February.

Some of the games, like Thousand Threads, either put them in a world where what people say and believe impacts the other characters. Other games, like Headliner, put the player in charge of information so they can see the consequences first hand of its misuse. There are even games, like Papers Please, that enable the player to police who is and isn't allowed access to information or even access to the country.

As Childnet write, "Critical Thinking is an important skill that we need in order to navigate the internet safely and find the latest news headlines or facts and information. With the amount of content that is online sometimes it’s quite easy to be reading something that is inaccurate without realising."

These games each provide different ways for players to develop critical thinking. They provide a space where trust and authority can be experienced first hand, and where the negative and positive consequences of how we handle these topics play out.
 

Winding Down

Children love to play exuberant and exciting video games with their friends. While these offer a wide range of benefits, it can be good to transition to something less energetic as the day draws to a close.

We have worked with Moshi Sleep on this list of games and apps that are a great way to help children wind down as they transition to night time. It creates mindfulness experiences for children to “enjoy calmer day times and quicker bedtimes”.

These are playful ways to calm the brain, ease anxiety and generally get little heads ready to rest. Some of them are ideal to play right before sleeping and even let you turn off the screen to listen along when you are finished interacting. Others, like Frost or Lifelike, offer gentle, tranquil interactions to still the mind and escape the world. Some, like Flower or Alto’s Adventure, create calm with simple repetition of tasks and process in a world where the sun slowly sets.

These games, together with some screen-free time in the lead up to sleep are a great way for children to develop healthy bedtime habits.
 

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.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Nuts
Kine
PEGI Rating 3 for Kine
Pode
PEGI Rating 3 for Pode
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco
Fez
PEGI Rating 3 for Fez
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal

One Button Games

The games here can be played with a single button. Although ranging in difficulty they are a good place to start for those needing simpler controls.

It should be noted that many of these games need to be started with more than one button. Some are played by tapping at a fixed point on a touchscreen.

For those needing alternative access there are many possibilities with an accessibility switch. These "switches" come in many shapes and sizes including jumbo buttons, super-sensitive finger switches and sound sensors. In some cases, the spacebar or a Bluetooth keyboard can work just fine. If the player can activate the control and if it can be connected to the games machine, then one-button play becomes a possibility.

This list was compiled with the help of Barrie Ellis, who runs One Switch. On that site you can find equipment to enable a far wider range of games to be played by accessibility switch users. OneSwitch also supports a range of other accessible gaming solutions.
 


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