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App description: Tiny Chess is a great minichess implementation that allows you to start and play multiple games of minichess at once. Minichess is a variant of chess played on a 5x6 board utilizing 5 pawns and one rook, bishop, knight, queen and king per side. The back rows are intelligently semi-randomized to vary the game. Minichess is great for people who love chess but prefer shorter games, haven't mastered full-sized chess' intricate opening games or are just learning chess.

honkskillet's comments:
Hey all. I am thrilled to announce Tiny Chess. It is a 5x6 minichess implementation. Minichess has quite a history, which you can read about on wikipedia if you'd like. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minichess This app implements a 5x6 board with 5 pawns and one of each other type of piece. The back rows are semi-randomized to increase the variability of the game and avoid users quickly discovering Tic-Tac-Toe-esque optimal solutions. Pawn double move, pawn promotion and castling are all supported. This game uses the Letter Press pay model. That is it is free to download and you can play for free forever. But if you want to have more than two game going at once you have to upgrade (one time $0.99 IAP).

Minichess is a good fit for iOS because of how well turn based strategy games work on the iOS platform. It offers just enough depth without being either trivial or overcomplicated.

Here are some screenshots of Tiny Chess:

iTunes Link

Tiny Chess Web Page
Recidivist Software: http://recidivistsw.com/tiny-chess.html

If you find any bugs please let me know on this thread and I will address them immediately.

If you have any questions about this app or about minichess I'd be happy to answer them.

Alexander White
Recidivist Software
04-22-2013, 03:35 PM
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Honolulu
Posts: 8
Youtube videos of Tiny Chess:

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Last edited by honkskillet; 04-22-2013 at 03:37 PM.
04-22-2013, 04:24 PM
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Cool. I'd never heard of this before. Downloading....
04-22-2013, 04:57 PM
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Can you play against the computer or is it just turn based
04-22-2013, 05:11 PM
Joined: Mar 2013
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It is a turn based game.
04-23-2013, 11:36 AM
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Honolulu
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Here are some of the highlights from the Cocos2d forum where I discuss Tiny Chess with other developers.

I think Tiny Chess is great casual chess game. I used to play rapid and lightning chess before on FICS, so I like the "don't think" chess...
Then I tried some iOS chess apps... the problem was that my opponent was taking to long to play its move (hours or days), so in the end I stop playing.

On the other hand, with Tiny Chess, the opponent moves super fast, basically because there are only a few options and the game last only a few moves.
Woot, random starting positions :-o
Best discussion I've read in a while:

@diegoCath: "It's cool. The AI is veeeery slow though."
@honkskillet: "It's not AI... You were playing a turn based game... with me."
Can you get "non pig skin coloured" chess boards?