Really Bad Chess

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Really Bad Chess
Really Bad Chess logo.png
iOS icon
Developer(s) Zach Gage
Publisher(s) iOS
Zach Gage
Android
Noodlecake Studios
Engine Unity
Platform(s) iOS, Android
Release iOS
  • WW: October 13, 2016
Android
  • WW: May 18, 2017
Genre(s) Mind sport, abstract strategy
Mode(s) Single-player

Really Bad Chess (stylized as really bad chess) is a mobile video game developed by Zach Gage. It was released on October 13, 2016 for iOS, with a version for Android released in May 2017.[1] The game is based on the original game of chess but contains rearranged boards.

Gameplay[edit]

Really Bad Chess is played using a normal chess board, but with each player given one king and 15 other pieces selected at random based on the player's skill level.[2] The pieces, moves, and goal are identical to the original game.[3] Because of the rearranged pieces, players cannot use typical chess opening moves.[4] Unlike in standard chess, in Really Bad Chess there are no draws: a stalemated player loses the game, and no draws can be claimed for reasons such as threefold repetition.

Development[edit]

Really Bad Chess was developed by Zach Gage, the developer behind the 2015 solitaire mobile game Sage Solitaire.[5][6][7] The game was released on October 13, 2016 for iOS devices.[5] Some players have reported stability issues when playing the game.[8] A port for Android, produced by Noodlecake Studios, was released in May 2017.[1]

Reception[edit]

Stephen Totilo of video game news site Kotaku recommended the game to those with an iPhone because though he doesn't "care for chess", he enjoyed playing it.[9] Rob Funnell of mobile gaming site TouchArcade awarded the game a 5/5 rating and said the game turns the "mundane task of learning chess into an extremely enjoyable experience".[2]

Reviewers thought the game would be good for helping newer and more experienced chess players learn how the game works. Funnell believed Really Bad Chess was a good way for new players and chess veterans to learn how to understand chess, and eventually become better at the game through learning how to "read the board".[2] Prior to release, Emma Kidwell of Kill Screen said the game "should be great for beginners to learn about the joy of landing a checkmate without having to study openings".[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Really Bad Chess". Google Play. Noodlecake Studios Inc. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Funnell, Rob (14 October 2016). "'Really Bad Chess' Review - Rook No Further". TouchArcade. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b Kidwell, Emma (7 October 2016). "Really Bad Chess is bad in all the right ways - Kill Screen". Kill Screen. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ Dotson, Carter (3 October 2016). "Zach Gage's 'Really Bad Chess' Will Shake up Chess on October 13th". TouchArcade. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b Nelson, Jared (12 October 2016). "Out Now: 'Really Bad Chess', 'Flappy Golf 2', 'Moveless Chess', 'Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket', 'Ding Dong Delivery', 'Mushroom Wars 2', 'Dustoff Heli Rescue 2' and More". TouchArcade. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  6. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (3 October 2016). "Sage Solitaire and SpellTower dev is making a game called Really Bad Chess". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  7. ^ Webster, Andrew (27 August 2015). "Solitaire gets a much-needed makeover in this new mobile game". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  8. ^ Werner, Jillian (14 October 2016). "Really Bad Chess Review: Really Close". Gamezebo. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  9. ^ Totilo, Stephen (14 October 2016). "Free Game Recommendation: Really Bad Chess (iOS)". Kotaku. Gizmodo Media Group. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
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