Really Bad Chess

Contains adsIn-app purchases
4.2
37.6K reviews
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this game

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


------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
Updated on
Jun 16, 2022

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4.2
37.6K reviews
Matt Norris
June 25, 2022
Fun game! It's a great idea that seems like it shouldn't work but does somehow. It probably won't help your chess game, but challenges your over the board play in ways you might not have imagined. *EDIT* This game used to be fun, but now it just freezes constantly and the daily challenge doesn't update anymore. From 5* to 2* until it gets fixed, if it ever does.
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Final First
July 3, 2022
Honestly one of the best games I've played and have continued to play, until I got a new phone. I had paid for the full unlocked version on my old phone. So when I got my new phone and I try to use the "restore unlocks" a contacting server screen pops up for half a second then goes away and nothing happen. My rating will change if I can actually restore my unlock or if the button is fixed in app.
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Michael Cook
June 13, 2022
This was a pretty good app. A recent update placed ads in the app that won't close forcing you to either vist the ad website, or close and restart the app after each game. This makes it close to un-playable. The same update causes the app to crash mostnofnthe time. I will probably n Uninstall itToo bad they screwed it up so badly I have enjoyed playing it for several years.
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What's new

Fixes magenta screen experienced by some players.