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 (146 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 17, 2014
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“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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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
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Early Access Review
WARNING!!!!! WARNING!!!!! WARNING!!!!! WARNING!!!!! WARNING!!!!! WARNING!!!!! WARNING!!!!! WARNING!!!!!

DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT buy this game. This game IS broken. it does NOT work. It HAD potential but NOT anymore. If you read the forums on this game the people who got royally screwed like myself, haven't been able to play a full game. The S.O.B. took our money and didn't come through with the updates. At one time I remember Interplay Software was one of the best PC video game companies but not anymore. The yahoo that tried to get it back up has forever tarnished the good name of Interplay.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Early Access Review
Nice crash to desktop simulator with chess minigame.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Early Access Review
DO NOT BUY THIS ABANDONED GAME, IT IS BROKEN AND WILL NEVER BE FIXED. LET THIS BE A WARNING AGAINST EARLY ACCESS BUY INS.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Early Access Review
Currently, I CAN NOT RECOMMEND this game due to all the game crashing that happens...(I can never get past the first move)... though I may change my review in the future when fixed.

With that said... I could see the game doing vary well with lots of DLC type content, every thing from monsters to hot babes as chess pieces and more board options and such.

please fix the crashing... my Rig is pretty good ... I7, 8 gig ram, nvidia 960... runs every game i download accept this one

thanks
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Early Access Review
When I noticed that Battle Chess was re-released (this time for PC), I was pleasantly suprised and immediately purchased the game. I've been a fan of chess for thirty years and enjoy the usually quiet, but "personal" interaction with other players. Unfortuantely, if you're looking for online multiplayer action, you won't find it here because there's never anybody in the online multiplayer server.
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