A turn-based tactics game about goofy characters with wide and varied techniques duking it out across a bright and colourful battlefield.
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Oct 20, 2020

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access will help me get feedback on content as it gets implemented as well as help determining what features will get priority.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I plan to have all planned features in and polished within two years.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“This Is Not Chess is planned to have most of its bugs squashed, a set of competent AI for computer players, a single completed story across twenty-five or so levels and at least as many challenge levels.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently This Is Not Chess is in a playable state with fifteen story levels, several challenge levels and a selection of unlockable characters. It also has all the editors readily available and can accept custom content.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“As each chapter of the story and batch of levels added, the price will be slowly incremented.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I am particularly interested in hearing thoughts and feelings on gameplay mechanics, user interface and game balance. I intend to be active on the Steam Discussion forums as a primary source of communication.”
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About This Game

This Is Not Chess is a turn-based tactics game where squads of goofy characters duke it out across colourful battlefields.

Rather than every unit on the team getting a chance to move and attack, you have a number of actions you can use across the whole team. Moving, transforming or deploying all cost actions, but techniques are different. Techniques don't activate immediately and cost nothing to prepare. Leave a unit alone and they'll focus on their technique, executing it on a later turn! Or if you can't wait, you can spend actions to make it happen sooner...

While the wizard is flinging spells and the swordsman slashes, the jester throws his custard pies and the robotic stalker waits for its chance to pounce! Let loose in this melting pot of madness!

  • Limited number of actions shared across the whole team. How will you spend your turn?
  • Wide variety of goofy and unusual characters sporting some potentially strange attack ranges.
  • Elements attached to techniques and characters that bring Rock-Paper-Scissors strategy into play.
  • Silly story about an unlikely party forming together to save the day.
  • Challenge mode where you create your squad and take on predefined battlefields.
  • Local skirmish mode with multiple teams, customisable winning conditions atop randomly generated or preset maps.
  • Inbuilt editors that let you create your own units, maps and campaigns!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Storage: 100 MB available space

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