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Really Bad Chess

By Zach Gage

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

Description

Really Bad Chess is just like chess, but with totally random pieces. Try 8 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 3 pawns — why not?

As heard on NPR's Weekend Edition

5 out of 5 Stars "An essential puzzle experience for anyone even remotely interested in strategy games" - TouchArcade

Whether you play chess daily, or quit just after learning the rules, this small twist will open the door to an entire new world of chess.

------WHATS IN THE “BOX”?
The free version of Really Bad Chess lets you compete vs. an AI in Ranked, Daily, or Weekly Challenges. Improve your skills using the included Freeplay mode. A single in-app purchase unlocks Versus Mode so you can compete against your friends locally! It also removes ads, displays captured pieces, and adds soothing alternate color-palettes to choose from.

------REALLY BAD PRESS

"Makes chess fun even if you’re really bad" - The Verge

"Feels more modern than chess has ever felt" - Applenapps

"Really Bad Chess takes a really bad idea and somehow manages to make it a lot of fun." - Pocket Gamer

"Really good fun" - MacLife

------A WORD FROM THE DEVELOPER
Chess is one of those games I always wished I enjoyed, but its commitment to beauty, elegance, and perfect balance always turned me away. Really Bad Chess removes these boring restrictions and flips chess on its head.

As much as random pieces change the game in some ways, I was really surprised to notice how much the game remains the same, and how powerful some pieces are — you've never truly struggled against a pawn until you've struggled against a pawn in the back row.

For chess pros, Really Bad Chess will give you a new type of challenge — the pieces & the moves are the same, but you'll have to throw out your openings and your understanding of normal patterns of play.

For novice chess players (like most of us), Really Bad Chess greatly opens up the game. Instead of starting by studying openings, in your first games you'll get to discover the joy (and challenge!) of learning how to checkmate.

I hope you have as much fun with Really Bad Chess as much as I did making it.

-zach

What's New in Version 1.2

- iPhone X Support
- bug fixes (hanging AI fix)

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Customer Reviews

I don’t like that they sell ‘undos’

Originally, I reviewed this game relatively poorly because I found the difficulty too easy. Although I was a relatively poor chess player, I was able to get close to rank 100 fairly easily. And, I found that odd.

(By the way, my original review was unexpectedly deleted by Apple with no comment.)

But, then, something even more strange happened. The difficulty became cranked up. I kept losing over and over. I lost repeatedly until I was back under rank 50.

Who knows? Maybe they just updated the AI and tweaked the difficulty. But, since the company sells ‘undos’ as in-app purchases, it incentivizes them to play with the AI until they game you to buy more.

I would much rather just pay for the whole game upfront. The pricing model is suspicious.

Fun but fix the undo system

I don’t mind watching ads for undos but the number of times I get no credit for watching a 30-60 second ad is infuriating. Fix this or give me a price to pay for unlimited undos

Paid for game and still have advertising.

Paid for game and still have advertising.

Really Bad Chess
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 92.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Full Game Unlock$2.99
  2. 100 Undos$0.99