Really Bad Chess

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

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.


a8 black knight
b8 black queen
c8 black pawn
d8 black bishop
e8 black king
f8 black pawn
g8 black pawn
h8 black rook
a7 black bishop
b7 black pawn
c7 black knight
d7 black knight
e7 black bishop
f7 black queen
g7 black rook
h7 black pawn
a2 white knight
b2 white knight
c2 white knight
d2 white bishop
e2 white pawn
f2 white queen
g2 white rook
h2 white queen
a1 white bishop
b1 white rook
c1 white queen
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white pawn
g1 white knight
h1 white queen
An example opening setup

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. As such, the game does not end when only the kings remain.


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]


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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  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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