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  • Publisher: Zach Gage
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Device: Universal
  • Size: 66.9 MB
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Price: Free
  • Average User Rating: 4.5 (2)
App description: Really Bad Chess is just like chess, but with totally random pieces. Try 8 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 3 pawns why not?

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5 out of 5 Stars "An essential puzzle experience for anyone even remotely interested in strategy games" - TouchArcade

Whether you play chess daily, or quit just after learning the rules, this small twist will open the door to an entire new world of chess.

------WHATS IN THE BOX?
The free version of Really Bad Chess lets you compete vs. an AI in Ranked, Daily, or Weekly Challenges. Improve your skills using the included Freeplay mode. A single in-app purchase unlocks Versus Mode so you can compete against your friends locally! It also removesads, displays captured pieces, and adds soothing alternate color-palettes to choose from.

------REALLY BAD PRESS

"Makes chess fun even if youre really bad" - The Verge

"Feels more modern than chess has ever felt" - Applenapps

"Really Bad Chess takes a really bad idea and somehow manages to make it a lot of fun." - Pocket Gamer

"Really good fun" - MacLife

------A WORD FROM THE DEVELOPER
Chess is one of those games I always wished I enjoyed, but its commitment to beauty, elegance, and perfect balance always turned me away. Really Bad Chess removes these boring restrictions and flips chess on its head.

As much as random pieces change the game in some ways, I was really surprised to notice how much the game remains the same, and how powerful some pieces are you've never truly struggled against a pawn until you've struggled against a pawn in the back row.

For chess pros, Really Bad Chess will give you a new type of challenge the pieces & the moves are the same, but you'll have to throw out your openings and your understanding of normal patterns of play.

For novice chess players (like most of us), Really Bad Chess greatly opens up the game. Instead of starting by studying openings, in your first games you'll get to discover the joy (and challenge!) of learning how to checkmate.

I hope you have as much fun with Really Bad Chess as much as I did making it.

-zach
10-12-2016, 08:52 PM
#2
Stoked for this! I'm awful at chess though, should be fun.

Don't see it in the app store yet though

10-12-2016, 09:10 PM
#3
Senior Member [Original Poster]
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 137
It's still propagating. Should be available to you depending on your region right now or shortly! I'm on the US east coast and it's in the store.
10-12-2016, 09:36 PM
#4
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Arizona, USA
Posts: 792
Click the link on this thread and it will show up. I couldn't search for it either.
10-12-2016, 10:06 PM
#5
It's just as good as I hoped it would be. Zach Gage is like the Valve of iOS.
10-12-2016, 10:07 PM
#6
Senior Member [Original Poster]
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 137
agh! Thanks vectorarchitekt! that means a lot to me! I am very glad you're enjoying it
10-12-2016, 10:20 PM
#7
Joined: Jun 2014
Location: Garden Island, Emerald City, Australia
Posts: 359
Quote:
Originally Posted by stfj View Post
agh! Thanks vectorarchitekt! that means a lot to me! I am very glad you're enjoying it
Nice innovation to the classic game. If I'm not mistaken, pawns look like the biggest swaps, correct?
10-12-2016, 10:25 PM
#8
Senior Member [Original Poster]
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 137
not 100% sure what you mean fio — Do you mean that the biggest difference is in the front row? If so, I think it certainly seems that way at first. Having powerful pieces right away really changes the opening. But definitely the back row changes are significant as well. Chess is sort of neat that way.
10-12-2016, 10:36 PM
#9
Joined: May 2012
Location: KCMO
Posts: 291
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fio View Post
Nice innovation to the classic game. If I'm not mistaken, pawns look like the biggest swaps, correct?
Did you mean to post on the Moveless Chess page?
10-12-2016, 11:12 PM
#10
As someone who really enjoys classic chess, and has enjoyed several modern takes; this looks great!