Really Bad Chess

Contains adsIn-app purchases
4.2
40T reviews
10L+
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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
16-Jun-2022

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4.2
40T reviews
CB
1 February 2023
Most of the time, the title screen freezes. On the rare chance it doesn't freeze, then your game will crash halfway through and lose all your progress. I tried reinstalling and even a different device, and the issue persists. You get an ad every 5 seconds and can't even finish a single game. Dont even bother wasting your storage on this trash. 🗑🗑🗑🗑🗑
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Robert Doiron
1 December 2022
A once-brilliant game, ruined by ads and instability. The ads are as described in other reviews, but I learned to tolerate them due to understanding the need for dev revenue, despite having already paid for the "ad-free" version; more recently, the game frequently freezes at the menu and mid-game. Many of us would happily have paid more for a truly ad-free experience, but sadly, it's time to look for an alternative.
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Wilde Sage
20 November 2022
Used to be good. Now the ads are so obnoxious it ruins the whole experience. After every game you get multiple pages of the same ad, opening one after another; every time you close one it opens the next. Sometimes the [X] button to close the ad is just a link that pulls you outta the app and opens the play store page for the advertised game. Just ridiculous. Uninstalling, not worth the trouble. Shame to see what was once a good game ruined by scummy monetization.
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Fixes magenta screen experienced by some players.