It’s like chess, only not at all.

Chesh is a game of strategy, memory, and luck. Every Chesh game is exploring all new territory. Half the game is simply learning what you can do.

“[Chesh] is surrendering your expertise, flying blind in a familiar territory.” – Zack Kotzer, Killscreen
“Chesh makes Chess look like Checkers” – Raigan Burns, co-creator of N++
"i really like chesh" – Michael Brough, creator of 868-HACK

• a unique game every time you play
• 500+ chesh pieces from 30+ artists
• adjustable board size and number of pieces for different styles of Chesh.
• three different timer modes: Bullet Chesh, Blitz Chesh, Infinite Chesh
• play local, online, or versus the computer
• colourblind-friendly

What's New

Version 1.1

Two things in this update:

1. There's now an alternative win condition that can be selected. Royal Elimination means you lose once all your Royal pieces are destroyed. Piece Elimination is traditional Chesh, where you must eliminate a number of your opponent's pieces to win. They both feel similar, but the slight difference in rules can lead to very different situations!

2. There's also a flip mode for playing with 2 players. If flip mode is turned on, then the top player's pieces will be flipped! This will also slightly adjust where that player is touching if someone is using their iDevice upside down. This means the player on the other side of the iDevice won't misclick as often! Use this if you're playing Chesh across from another person.

Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Simply great


Great use of the mechanic used for the power-ups in Zaga-33 and the pills in Binding of Isaac: you don't know what each piece-type does until you try it out- then you apply this to the others. In those two games, you don't have to memorize the assignments once each is revealed, allowing you to focus on strategy. I initially wished this game employed the same record-keeping system, but after playing it more I understand why the developer decided this was not feasible. The reason for this is because you don't always get the complete move set for a piece once you touch it, since some of the backward moves are hidden by the edge of the board. It adds strategy to the gameplay. Memory is part of this game.

Who needs Rock, Paper, Scissors when you have Chesh


I dig the retro style and bright colors used in the game and the soundtrack is fantabulous. I love that you are forced to move whatever piece you touch even if it means you have to destroy one of your own. I also really like how the pieces movements change each time. I imagine this game will frustrate those who must have order in their games but if you enjoy a little chaos then I think you may come to love this creative gem. Chesh also makes a wonderful substitution to Rock, Paper, Scissors when you need to settle a dispute the old fashioned way... "I challenge you to a game of Chesh!"



This game is so unique, and it's kinda like chess, but it's incorporated so much of its own elements that is something most people haven't encountered. It's very clever.
I also would like to recommend that the following changes/improvements are added to the game.

-there is a bug where the opponent's last move is not shaded or shown

- Infinite mode should be the default game mode. My experience got much better when I found a non-timed mode.

- AI, not PvP should be default when first opening the game

- The concepts tutorial should not allow you to skip to the next one unless the current concept has been performed. The first time I ran through it, I skipped to the next concept after only moving each piece once and was left only more confused when finishing the tutorial.

-please allow the game to save its state in memory. Not a huge deal as games are so short, but would be nice.

- An option to disable background animations could be beneficial


Damian Sommer
139.7 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
© Damian Sommer 2015


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