Cooperative Chess
Throw off the shackles of competition and play cooperative chess with friends instead! Can you meld minds and thwart everything thrown in your way to complete a totally perfectly normal game of chess?
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Summer 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I want early feedback from players! And because Cooperative Chess is not a one-and-done sort of game, I don't feel like Early Access robs them of the full game experience.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Likely a few months.”

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

“More puzzles, more achievements, likely additional settings (not to mention bug fixes). And I'm planning to launch with a mobile version that anyone who owns the Steam version will have full access to.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Full base rules are implemented, including customizable difficulties, solo play, and most settings and achievements.”

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


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

“I'll be paying close attention the Steam discussion forum for Cooperative Chess, but players can also reach out to me directly at”
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Planned Release Date: Summer 2021

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About This Game

When your friends win, you win.

Co-op Chess occurs in rounds, and in each round you must occupy all the "!" squares.

Achieve checkmate for either side and you both win!

If you've read this far, you must want some feature details

  • Customizable difficulty.
  • Single-player mode if you want to learn in a safe place (or if that's just your thing).
  • Avatar customization unlocked by completing achievements.
  • Private games with friends.
  • Quality of life improvements beyond what's normal for Chess apps

Cooperative Chess is part of what has retroactively been termed a "molasses jam" run by the Bay Area Dev Collective. The theme of the jam was to make a violent genre non-violent. Somehow the idea of co-op chess came up during a brainstorming session, and I knew immediately that I had to figure out how to make it work. And now you and a friend get to experience it yourselves.

The other molasses game jam games are also on steam:

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: macOS 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
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