It took 2,000 years for someone to make chess better! The most challenging game on earth comes to life in Battle Chess. An entire medieval world at war is reflected on the checkered field. Everyone who's ever had a knight take a pawn has seen that capture as more than one piece replacing another on the board.
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Release Date: Mar 17, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

“Battle Chess: Game of Kings is the return of the classic Battle Chess. We are bringing it back and into the modern day. Full 3-d, a better chess algorithm and more features for online play that we couldn't do with the original. Back then we were lucky to have 320x200, 16 colors and a 1200 baud modem at best.

We are currently in late alpha with a few more features to go and we want your feed back as we get them up and going and in yours hands. Chess itself is up and running and basic multiplayer (same screen and online)is too. Soon we will have ladders and ranking and skill based match making as well as skill challenges. As these come online we look forward to your feedback and help.

One thing for everyone to know. During Early Access Battle Chess: Game of Kings will be available at $9.99. When we go live with the full version the price will change to $19.99.”
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February 5

Build 6614 is up

Fixed a buffer overrun in the chess logic. (Took forever to find this one)
Fixed an invalid value being sent to the light shader (Caused memory trashing).

Played 4 games from start to finish, no crashes. Either I'm really lucky, or I found the crash bug. Please, prove me right!!!

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January 30

Build 6549 is up

It's been a while, and thankfully the issues that have kept us from working on this game have been resolved.

Please, do your worst. There's a github based bug tracker set up so the community can report the bugs and watch the progress as issues are fixed. If there's any feature requests, please note them as such and they will be considered.

Thank you for your patience in helping get Battle Chess perfected.


I mean it, do your worst, follow the link below and report issues, but be civil. We're here to play video games and have fun!

https://github.com/Olde-Skuul/battlechessgameofkings/issues

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About This Game

It took 2,000 years for someone to make chess better!

The most challenging game on earth comes to life in Battle Chess. An entire medieval world at war is reflected on the checkered field.

Everyone who's ever had a knight take a pawn has seen that capture as more than one piece replacing another on the board. In player's minds, the bold knight, resplendent in his armor of silver or ebon, sallies forth and slays the foul footsoldier. Combat, mortal combat, is the heart and soul of chess, but this aspect of it can only live in the mind's eye... until now!

Lots of computer chess games capture the basics of chess. Only Battle Chess brings chess to life by combining a magnificent chess logic system with colorful, humorous, and dramatic three-dimensional animations.

Battle Chess: Game of Kings

A new version of the classic animated chess game for Windows Vista, 7 and 8 is in development! Updated with all new animations and features, this is the ultimate version of Battle Chess.

  • Turn-based Multiplayer: Play against the computer with scalable difficulty or against live opponents via the internet.
  • Skill Challenge: Test your Chess skills by completing game play scenario challenges in a certain number of moves.
  • Battleground Training: Control your environment. Place pieces strategically on the chess board to test strategy.
  • Tutorials: Video tutorials explain the rules and basic strategies of chess with a little bit of humor.
  • Animations: Watch your army execute vivid capture moves as they take an opposing piece. Dozens of unique battles, idle and movement animations bring the battleground to life.
  • Achievements: Earn achievements and trophies.
  • Environments: Choose between 3 unique Battlegrounds.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1 Gigahertz or faster
    • Memory: 750 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1 Gigahertz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Early Access Review
Great Game! Just watch for characters that turn black. If you notice it, save your game immediately and then resume. This will avoid almost all game crashes. Other than that, I am quite addicted to it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Early Access Review
CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH ..... and the lazy "cash in" developers, who doesn't care about his clients, and probably won't patch game ever ...... DO NOW BUY THIS GAME !! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY !!
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
I have had it with this game. I bought the game in July of 2014 without reading any reviews. Boy that was stupid! This game would be the phatest chess game since I was a kid, but the devs obviously don't care about the game or their customers. After buying it, I was unable to complete one game without it crashing. So despite all of the aggravated comments, I thought I'd hold my peace and wait for a patch. So I waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and OH the devs promised a patch. So I waited, and waited, OH the devs had a death in the family. I couldn't hold that against them. So I waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and OH an apology for the delay with another promised patch. I can't remember what the last excuse was for the delay to that patch, but I waited. Sorry for the drama, but I'm trying to get across how the purchasing of this game was a complete waste of my money. It is now the end of January 2015, and I have played my first game since last July. Ten minutes of gameplay with the lowest graphics settings possible (which I shouldn't have to do b/c my system is top notch) and CRASH!! If you've read this before purchasing, you've been warned!!
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Early Access Review
Unfortunately this was a complete waste of money. The game hasn't been finished and is showing no signs of ever being finished and relased -- have a quick look in the Forums and you will see all the complaints (along with 2 or 3 faithful fans that keep saying "STOP BEING IMPATIENT!") Well I'm tired of waiting (How long has it been? 6 months? 12? I cant even remember!) and I'm done checking the Hub every month to see if any announcements have come from the Dev. The Dev can't even be bothered to keep her paying customers informed on the state of the game? Not impressed. I'm done with this game. I recommend you do not buy it.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
No updates in nearly 8 months. The current version has too many bugs.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Early Access Review
Sorry for late review, firstly my pet woodlouse died... then as i sorted that woodlouses will, i heard from a friend that a mongoose also died half way around the world....

Why is this a steer clear game?

- No communication from dev apart from excuses / lies
- Game is broken due to bugs and crashes constantly (has been for months with 0 progress)
- No explenation given
- No refund provided


Best thing to do, from now on is simply boycott Old Skuul games, they are an example of a horrific company that just wants your money... i would elaborate on this review but "Something came up" im not sure what but i will figure it out.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Early Access Review
Would be a great chess game if it didn't keep crashing (I have a high end gaming computer) and the character's keep lossing their texturing mid game... wait to purchase until debug the hell out of it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Early Access Review
This game has potential, but it appears the developers have abandoned doing any more work on it. If you're contemplating purchasing this game, DON'T! Wait until the developers release a complete version of the game free of bugs and other issues.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Early Access Review
A horrible game that pretty much sums up what video games have become these days.

1. The game is very clunky and wastes a lot of time with unneeded messages. "A castle is available!" "You've completed watching all the animations for X unit!" It's very annoying.

2. Bugs. Glitches. Crashes. This game is full of em'. Do you like the game crashing in roughly 50% of your games? The dev certainly does, because this game does just that.

3. The dev has promised several fixes in the future. Well, at least he did A YEAR AGO. Nuff' said.

4. Full 3-d animations seem pretty cool until you realize that there's only 3 animations per fight. (Pawn vs Pawn, King vs Bishop, etc.) Would be nice if more was added but that's hoping for a lot from this dev.

5. Did I forget to mention that this game crashes a lot?

6. Some of the animations make no sense at all. I lost all hope when the my Knight and the AI Queen got into a dancing contest.

7. Sonofa... THE GAME JUST CRASHED AGAIN

-9,223,372,036,854,775/10 would not play again
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Early Access Review
I bought this game in Early Access and after many months, it seems like a year now, the pc version is still in about the same state as when I purchased it. Shame on the one dev (Becky) team for even pretending to be working on this game. Game has been dead since day 1.

Pros. Game has changed little since its original release in 1988. Graphics are OK until the pieces start disappearing (turn solid black.)

Cons. Game hasn't improved much since its original release in 1988.

I'll be honest, take a chance only if you like single player and if you can buy it on sale for under $3, otherwise skip this game.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
Early Access Review
Love the game, but pieces turn BLACK, then moments later game crashes. Too bad I read the reveiws AFTER i purchased the game. Please fix this issue, appearantly I am not ht eonly person experiencing this issue. Other than the before mentioned, its a pretty solid game
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Early Access Review
It seems like everytime you are about to beat the AI the game crashes. Computers version of a tableflip? Still reccomend the game though. just needs a lot of bug polishing, and every now and then the textures turn all black. other than that its a solid chess game thats a lot of fun to play
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Early Access Review
crash sim 2k15
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Early Access Review
unfortunately, this game does crash. very annoying, being in the middle of a game and having to restart and having no way to resume.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Early Access Review
Overall Rating: 78%
Content: 5/10
Graphics: 8/10
Music: 8/10
Replayability: 10/10

Chances are if you enter "Battle Chess" into Google Images, you will find (among other things, of course) images of the original 1988 Battle Chess from Interplay. It was one of the first games to replace traditional chess pieces with animated characters for a more immersive Chess experience. Fast forward about 25 years and here we are. Battle Chess has returned (again) with a modernized look and a sense of humor that remains true to its groundbreaking ancestor. Currently, there are three Battle Grounds (boards) to choose from: Throne Room, Garden, and Dungeon. There are only two color sets to choose from: White vs Black and Blue vs Red. Start up a game in Single Player and play against the computer or go up against a friend either Online or Hot Seat. The Online forum is divided into rooms based on Skill Level, which makes it easier to pair up with a random player. A handful of game options allow you to tweak the interactive experience as you like.

As a fan of the original Battle Chess, I have to say that I am happy to see it again. BC was how I actually learned to play Chess, back in the day. I think most of us would agree that the best thing BC has going for it is the battle sequences. Some of the scenes that transpire as one piece overtakes another are sincerely hilarious (my personal favorite being the Knight vs Queen). The soundtrack is nothing to sneeze at, either. But today, BC has to contend with Chessmaster and a few other prominent titles to hold its place as a Chess favorite. That being said, I really hope to see more content in the near future. It shouldn't be hard to come up with more choices for piece colors and even a few more boards. What we have so far is great for the price, but more customization would greatly enhance the appeal of this game. It would also make it easier to forgive the fact that the original Rook monster was replaced with a big, ugly, fat guy! Just saying. But hey, this is old school. Really cool old school. I can dig it.

*Note: This review is intended for people who want to make an informed decision on whether or not to buy this game. Although other players may have differing experiences and credible feedback to offer, this represents my own opinion after experiencing this game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
Early Access Review
(original review) it's a fun game already, and i've only played it like an hour or 2. however in that 2 hours it crashed twice, no glitches, only problems i had were crashes and the white chess pieces turned black after a turn or two. (months later review) well, now i'm here about 8 months later if not longer, this being my first early access game, i am very disappointed. after burger becky stealing all of our hard earned money not thinking of anyone but herself, she has abandoned us all. saying oh my mother died, (next week) oh grandpa died (next week) oh had to clean up mothers death (next month) oh had to help grandpa and in his coffin. give me a ♥♥♥♥ing break becky. after 8 months or longer and no word, none. not one, you say oh well i will patch it up, yeah okay.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Early Access Review
Are they going to fix the crashes and characters turning black? This game would be so awesome if they fixed the characters turning black... so far I've played three games, crashed once (on a draw, king vs. king); but every single time I play the characters turn black (seems related to another piece of that type being taken). I played this back on DOS in the 80s and it was awesome; I would hate to see this tarnish the legacy in an unfinished state. Also would be great with mods and additional animations + character themes / styles.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
Early Access Review
So far of the three games I've played, three have crashed the game. I would wait before buying this game as it needs a lot of bug fixing and as of right now it's been three months since the last update. The game has a lot of potential and I really hope they make a crisp, polished, finished product some day soon, but for now, wait before buying.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Early Access Review
its a good game but it sucks when u crash near the end of a match for no reason
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Early Access Review
Maybe an update is due?
But until then, this chess game is painful to watch as it really struggles via a Haswell i7 4770 GTX 780 rig with the best of everything on it.
I will re-review the game after; as it has soooooo much potenital, and I know if it worked great, then I would love it.
Until then, `Battle Vs Chess` rather than this...
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