The next step in the evolution of chess tuned for more viable options, strategic interest, and years and years of expert play.
User reviews: Mixed (59 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014
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About This Game

Chess 2: The Sequel is the next step in the evolution of chess tuned for more viable options, strategic interest, and years and years of expert play.

There are six armies to choose from, each with their own abilities and unique flavor:
  • Classic: The original army from classic chess and the only army with a queen.
  • Two Kings: Two warrior kings with a powerful attack and extra move.
  • Empowered: Bishops, knights, and rooks gain each other's movement powers when adjacent.
  • Animals: A wild mix of atypical attacks that are difficult to defend against.
  • Nemesis: Focused attack on the enemy king for those who prefer checkmates.
  • Reaper: Haunted army with teleportation and immortality.

The 21 matchups and 36 opening books reward strategy and positional play from the very first move, not rote memorization.

If you cross the midline of the board with your king (midline invasion), you win. This makes for faster, more dynamic, and more aggressive games while eliminating the draw problem that plagues high-level chess.


  • Online multiplayer with competitive ranked matchmaking
  • Designed and balanced by master game designer David Sirlin
  • Six armies to choose from, midline invasion, and dueling
  • A pleasant, cohesive experience fit for the "Game of Kings"
  • Beautiful and unique 2D and 3D piece sets for every army
  • Play asynchronously in Correspondence mode with 11 days per move for Chess 2 on the go.
  • Live matches have 25 minutes Fischer time with 15 second increment.
  • Cross platform play with OUYA.

What people have been saying about Chess 2: The Sequel

"Chess 2 is more like Chess than Chess. That’s a good sequel.", "it’s actually pretty damn good" - Kotaku

"Precision-honed but gleefully inventive." - Eurogamer

"Open up a whole new realm of chess" - BigSushi

"Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever play chess again- and it used to be something I quite enjoyed. But now I can’t see any context in which I wouldn’t just rather play Chess 2." - Scanline Media

"The visual design is gorgeous and shows a loving attention to detail" - Indie Statik

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1 Gigahertz
    • Memory: 300 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Broken with no working multiplayer. A good idea for a game with fun ruleset being held back by a poor ai, weak netcode, and no playerbase. Extreme disappointment with this purchase.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
957.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
This is a truly great game! It has some bugs and is missing some features but the core is great and that is what really matters when it comes to games. Some more options and features would have been nice but it has all the essential pieces and you will certainly be able to enjoy the game for a long time.

It is simple enough that you can get into it fairly quickly but advanced enough so it will feel fresh for a long time and surprise you with new combos and strategies. A must try for fans of the turn based strategy genre or chess fans. If you want a strategy game without luck then this might be the game for you.

The six armies manages to make new games feel fresh and you have to adapt different strategies depending on who you are facing. The mid-line invasion rule makes the games shorter and more intense and often result in heated battles around the chess boards mid-line. The game feels very balanced, there are no best or worst army.

If you don't like chess or think you are bad at it I would still encourage you to try this game, I think it feels different enough that you might enjoy it even if you don't like normal chess. Also, if you are bad at chess you will feel right at home here, we are all starting from scratch and are trying to figure out how to play this game ;) However, I think you get better at normal chess by playing this game so this might be something for someone who want to get better at normal chess as well.

If nothing else I would recommend this game so you can learn the rules and play it with a physical chess against your friends because it is a really fun chess variation when you get the hang of the new rules. I was quite skeptical in the beginning, especially about the bidding and the new armies but it actually works and fits really nice together. So do yourself a favor and try this strategy game, the worst thing that can happen is that you don't like it :)

Rules: 9/10
UI: 6/10
Fun factor: 9/10
Options: 5/10
Graphics: 10/10
Music: 8/10
Game modes: 6/10
Army Balance: 9/10

Score: 8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
I like it. A fresh take on chess. Dueling adds complexity.

What the game needs: A live online finder that isn't so bleak and hopeless (you NEVER find a match).
A computer that actually plays well (the computer made stupid moves 50% of the time).
The ability to pick your opponent in single player.
Conditional moves (If they do this, then I do that) AND email alerts in Coorespondance.

I have other suggestions, but they'd be mostly cosmetic (add more boards, more music, though I love the music you picked). Try to partner with and really get this online!!! Great game!
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86 of 101 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
76.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Chess 2 was clearly developed with the intent of making Chess new and fresh again, and it succeeds completely at this prospect. One of the most intimidating aspects of Chess 1: The Original is just the wealth of pre-established metagame that's been developed over the many long years it's been around. With six (count em, SIX!) unique factions instead of just one, all the old material is completely thrown out the window and you have to learn Chess all over again, and that, I feel, is wonderful. No longer is it about memorizing countless openings or having a wealth of unfathomable experience. Instead, you play it like you would play a modern strategy game - thoughtfully pondering your own decisions and creatively coming up with your own solutions. The midline rule also keeps the action tense throughout and prevents the more boring, drawn-out endgames of Chess 1; it feels like the way Chess was always meant to be played.

If you have ever been intimidated about picking up Chess before, now's the time to join Chess 2. The sooner the better - joining in while the game is young will be an exciting opportunity to see it evolve, and to help shape the metagame and history of the game yourself!
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57 of 69 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
If you do like chess and agree to pay 25 bucks just for an upgraded chess game buy it. But only for the game... Chess 2 does not have a UI that reflects the price. Moreover it's lack of in-game chat between players, the missing rating and post-game stats and the slow-pace (The graphics seem sloppy, it makes me think twice if I'm clicking the right spot) don't help...

They new rules are indeed genius but it needs much more to get to its actual price. The game just feels incomplete. I really hope they put work on it but in the state it actually is... I do not recommend the game.
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