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.
User reviews: Mixed (159 reviews) - 57% of the 159 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 11, 2015

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January 25

Build 9511 is up

Bugs fixed:
Saved over 20 Meg in wasted memory
Updated math functions to latest libraries
Minor fix for visual error using nVidia 545GT
Cleaned up startup/shutdown code
Updated to latest Steam libraries
Seperated config files for local and roaming data (Hardware values are tied to machine, get settings are in Roaming).
Re-did steam manager to allow future update for steam cloud save games.
Debuging code added to monitor for issues with loss of texture. (Data stored on local machine only)
Plugged up memory leak in streaming audio

A big shout out to those who have sent in bug reports!

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December 14, 2015

Bugs? Found any?

Please send an email with what you found and how to reproduce it to battlechess@oldeskuul.com

Thanks!

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Although the game still has a few issues, I wanted to give a contrasting positive recommendation. This is because I've been able to play and enjoy several games of it myself and also to hopefully encourage further development on it. I can understand and sympathize with the negative reviewers as it was problematic for a long time, but I was glad to see the developer did come back to improve it to the point where it can be an enjoyable experience.

So first, remaining problems I still see:

- still see that odd error message but not until I'm finished and exiting the game, so it doesn't affect play anyway
- except for the dungeon board, still occasionally see a piece blacken - I've seen knight and bishop do this, but now I'm still able to finish the game even then.
- combat vault not activated yet, but not a priority to me
- don't find anyone in any to play in the online rooms, so if anyone wants to, let me know

I would love to see:

- the above remaining things fixed
- trading cards!
- maybe some add-ons with more battle scenes, higher levels, etc, more puzzles, new piece sets, boards, etc
- online activity

I was a big fan of the old one way back then and this is a great update!
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65 of 66 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
Early Access Review
I really WANT to like this game. I have played the old version and I enjoyed it a great deal.

This? Well, it isn't finished. Not even close enough to finished that it should be out in the open, it only brings shame to the people behind it. Is the shame deserved? You be the judge of that but :

I have owned this for quite a while, I have never managed to finish a single game. It was so when I got it and back then I there was the problem with the textures going away leaving solid black models on both sides of the board. I looked away from the game for a few months hoping to see some improvement.

I came back today, started up a game and after 7 turns it crashed.

I can forgive the somewhat clumsy animations, I can forgive losing textures midgame. I can't forgive a chessgame that won't let me play chess.

"BUT I am sure it can be played in 2d", you then hasten to say. Yes I am sure it could be but there are as good or better freeware options if that is all I wanted to do.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
Early Access Review
a year and a half and nothing. never again
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
Early Access Review
Can't finish a match without the game crashing.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Pre-Release Review
Another game down the same line of ♥♥♥♥ just like DayZ; the price upped and nothing done to the game. Fellow early access gamers are once again being conned. This issue with early access games is absolutely disgusting and it's happened to me more than once. I'm deleting this game from my steam library and will never buy another early access game again. EVER. ♥♥♥♥ you early access developers who don't deliever your promises and decieve your followers by raising the price for no ♥♥♥♥ing reason what so ever and deliever absolutely nothing to the game. ♥♥♥♥ YOU.
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