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21 Great Games Like Pawnbarian

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

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.

Unfortunately, Pawnbarian 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

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: j 4 nw (@_j4nw)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

21 Hand Picked Games Like Pawnbarian

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

Steamworld Heist

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2015, updated in 2016

Price: 75% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS Vita, PS4, Stadia and Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Role-Playing, Shooting and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Image Form (@ImageForm)

Players: This is a single player game

Steam-powered robots fighting for space supremacy sounds like the script for a 1950s B-movie. As in those matinee hits, the point here isn’t realism but interesting characters. Like the related games (SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Quest), SteamWorld...

Potion Craft

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/09/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

Players: This is a single player game

Potion Craft is a puzzle adventure game where you create potions in an ancient looking workshop. More than learning recipes, your potions need to strategically combine the qualities of each ingredient to explore the potion-map and create brews to help...

Bad North

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: This is a single player game

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...

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: Subset Games (@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...

King Pins

Release Date: 25/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

King Pins is a small real time strategy game where you command a small group of people to gather resources, build bases, farms and towers to defend yourself or attack the three other encampments. It's like Age of Empires but in miniature fashion....

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: Paladin Studios (@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...

Tactical Breach Wizards

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Pentadact (@Pentadact)

Players: This is a single player game

Tactical Breach Wizards is a small-scale, turn-based fighting and shooting game. You play a team of wizards in modern-day tactical gear, breaching and clearing rooms full of enemies with a combination of guns, abilities and spells.

XCOM (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1994, updated in 2017

Price: 66% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Firaxis Games (@FiraxisGames)

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

X-Com (which became XCOM) is a science fiction strategic battle game where you control units to stop an alien invasion. The long running series has come in many forms, but always has in common the finely tuned turn-based ground combat where you control...

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/01/2002, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a re-release of the classic turn-based strategy game on Nintendo Switch. You take charge of an army in strategic, turn-based combat. With land, air, and naval units across the battlefield, you work to take down enemy...

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 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...

Chroma Squad

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/04/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Behold Studios (@BeholdStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Chroma Squad is a strategy game themed around the The Power Rangers TV show. Rather than the heroes, you play the stunt actors who quit the show to start their own Power Rangers-inspired series. Rather than kill enemies in the turn based encounters,...

Fights in Tight Spaces

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Turn-Based

Developer: Fights Game (@FightsGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Fights in Tight Spaces is a turn based fighting game where you use your deck of cards to win combat battles in small rooms and other locations. As you progress you gain more cards and build a deck tailored to each battle.

Knight's Retreat

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Qu Byte Games (@QuByteGames)

Players: This is a single player game

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.

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 (@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...

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 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...

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 and Turn-Based

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...

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: Tortuga Team (@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: Chucklefish Ltd (@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: Afterburn Games (@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...

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 (@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...

Floppy Knights

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Rose City Games (@RoseCityGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Floppy Knights is an adventure where you battle enemies using cards and turn-based strategy. With your robot, Carlton, and a group of virtual knights, you must liberate your town from hostile invaders. It looks like Advance Wars but has a unique blend...

5 Easier Games than Pawnbarian

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

1 Game With More Documented Accessibility Features than Pawnbarian

If you like the sound of Pawnbarian 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 Pawnbarian Accessibility Report.
 

Pawnbarian 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 Pawnbarian in the following lists:

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

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.
 
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Ink
PEGI Rating 3 for Ink
Kine
PEGI Rating 3 for Kine
Stray

Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Tori
PEGI Rating 3 for Tori
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco

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.
 

Get Children Into Maths

Video games contain a lot of maths. Children are often working with complex mathematical concepts without realising it. The temptation is to leverage this maths-play to make learning-games for the classroom. However, as we do that we often unintentionally break what made the experience playful in the first place.

We recently discovered Aha Machine, that takes a different approach. It provides a series of playful spreadsheets that use dinosaurs, video games and football to inspire and motivate learning. They are brilliant, interactive, free and can be downloaded for use in a school in minutes. What's more they use amazing games as their motivational and reward content in each exercise.

Along with highlighting this brilliant resource, we have worked with creator of Aha Machine, Henry Hartley, to create this list of games that offer experience that get children doing maths without realising it.

This includes games where maths is front and centre, like Twelve a Dozen or Dicey Dungeons. But it also includes game that develop math-like investigative thinking, such as Pawnbarian or Imbroglio. Then there are strategy games that are all about the numbers, like Football Chairman Pro and Universal Paperclips.
 

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.
 

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


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