Kings Gauntlet: Chess Revolution

Kings Gauntlet: Chess Revolution

Kings Gauntlet: Chess Revolution is a 1v1 chess-inspired action game where you shoot at your opponent to summon pieces on the board.

Pieces can move as they would in chess, they will try to crush any opposing king or piece that crosses their path.

As the match goes on, stronger pieces will be available for summoning, until the queens bring chaos on the battlefield.

Real Time Battle!

Shooting the enemy king will fill your gauge. When the summon gauge is filled, you can deploy a chess piece on the board!

Place them strategically and quickly dash around the arena to dodge opponent pieces!

Rush for glory!

Crowns will spawn around the arena now and then, gather three of them to use your special ability.

Powerful abilities!

Use your special ability to fire a special bullet that converts every enemy piece on its path, turn the tides in your favor and checkmate your opponent!

Key Features

  • Online and local 1v1 multiplayer!

  • Unique customization possibilities!

  • Multiple characters with unique abilities!

  • Strategic and deep gameplay!

  • Powerful pickups!

  • A unique and fresh take on the oldest game in the world!

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Kings Gauntlet: Chess Revolution on Steam

Simply Chess

Simply Chess

This is a free game, which means it doesn’t really matter whether I “recommend” it or not. So I won’t recommend it, and you’re gonna get it anyway. Everybody wins. Unless you try the multiplayer, which is a fate worse than death. But we’ll get to that.

I guess it’s a decent enough chess simulator, but there are some glaring problems that leaves it an unsatisfactory experience.

The most absurd characteristic that you’ll soon notice is that computer black never, ever - EVER! - plays the Sicilian defense, the line which is statistically the most advantageous for black. I didn’t see it once, even after beating all 100 computer levels, with hundreds of games as white (I have no idea how many, as you can’t “resign” games against the computer, and losing games that you simply exit are not counted in the statistics). The engine does love the Scandinavian defense though. Get used to seeing that.

Real player with 68.7 hrs in game

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I am only writing this review because this game does in fact deserve positive feedback. I am very disappointed at how the Steam community immediately give negative feedback to newly released games as if the game was already in its finalized form. This basically gives the developers no morale or reason to continue improving their game since the rating has already been decided by the sheer ignorance of the community.

Real player with 51.1 hrs in game

Simply Chess on Steam

Regimental Chess

Regimental Chess

I find this game very interesting, but with a few problems. When you get into a game with someone, either player can leave and come back as they choose, making it similar to email chess. The downside is that this makes it difficult to actually get into a game and finish it. You tend to lose track of the individual games when there’s a list of 10 of them waiting for the other player to make their move. I personally don’t like this Words With Friends/Draw Something style of gameplay as it can slow the pace of games to a crawl. The option of timed moves or a chess clock, forcing the players to stay and finish the game in a set amount of time would be a big improvement. That being said, when both players are actually staying in the game to completion, it’s very, very good. The changes to regular chess that have been made here keep the feeling of playing a chess game, but on a bigger scale. The ability to control groups of pieces at once adds a layer of complexity that is extremely engaging. At the same time, having the pawns engage each other one at a time, trying to open up a path for your other units reminds me of something out of a Total War game.

Real player with 9.1 hrs in game

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Regimental Chess is a modern take on a somewhat old concept where bored students would put a bunch of chess boards together and play a large bash with several sets of pieces, with a variety of different house rules for such games floating around.

It’s an unusual idea but the delivery here is quite flat, with barebones low poly chess pieces, multiplayer only but there’s no players (no AI, I understand that would be a complex undertaking, but if you set a high bar for a game, you should at least try to reach it!), a confused and annoying UI, quite a few bugs, and of course they want your email address. That’s the kind of stuff that will get any gamers hackles up, so it’s understandable there’s no players. Because of those issues I can’t recommend this.

Real player with 4.7 hrs in game

Regimental Chess on Steam

Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition

Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition

Absolute garbage game - no video options means widescreen users need to alter the PC graphics setting to play, otherwise you will be seeing marshmallow pieces stretched across the board. No ability to redo more than a single move means no ability to play out differing strategies within the same game. The levels 1 - 3 are bizarrely weighted to play sudden random nonsense moves such as a queen taking a guarded knight. On higher levels it can play a decent game, but it will still make odd moves that no human would think to play. Most of the piece sets and boards are so bad that seeing your actual pieces is difficult with most combinations. When you rotate the board it stays there and is hard to return to normal. The screen is half filled with windows indicating moves and pieces taken so that no real estate remains and there are no options to remove or alter the screen layout. Stay away from this game as many free downloadable internet chess programs trump it in every way.

Real player with 28.1 hrs in game

really enjoy this game, but there was some trouble at the start, for sure;

the microsoft visual c++ files failed to load-in properly with the install. I noticed my ‘first time’ runner hung when installing, so I aborted it and started again. it seemed to complete, but then I got an error about a missing .dll after the ‘launch screen’ for the game.

–– this was a pretty easy fix. microsoft allows you to download these for free from their site, just look up the file it says is missing and look for a good microsoft link to the distro pack. there was a youtub video about PES game needing the same file, with a nice little tutorial on how to do this and links.

Real player with 13.8 hrs in game

Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition on Steam

ChessBase 16 Steam Edition

ChessBase 16 Steam Edition

One of the best chess app ever…

Real player with 607.1 hrs in game

Chessbase 16 is the latest line of chessbase products and its cheaper than that from Chessbase Germany

Real player with 485.1 hrs in game

ChessBase 16 Steam Edition on Steam



Never play the same game of chess again! ChessCraft is a chess AI sandbox. Create your own chess boards, rules, and pieces. Play against the computer or your friends online, or win loot by playing one of 80 built-in chess boards in adventure mode.

Many chess games already exist, but only ChessCraft allows the player to create such wacky boards, pieces, and rules and immediately play a decent computer opponent.

Create new pieces with any combination of the 8 bishop or rook slides, plus a 7x7 grid of knight-like hops. Create new boards with any enabled or disabled tile up to 16x16. Place promotion rules for any piece, anywhere, or other special tile rules. Create pieces that cannot be captured, or with ranged attacks, or pieces that restrict other pieces from acting. The computer opponent then uses concepts from computer science and graph theory to understand your creations and play against you.

ChessCraft on Steam

Dark Chess

Dark Chess

Disclaimer: The Game is currently in the Alpha Stage of development and many features are expected to be added before official release.


Dark Chess is a game of chess full of magic, traps and enemy army concealed by the Fog of War. Reworked and enhanced game rules will bring immense joy to die-hard chess-lovers and casual players alike. Fight your way to the top of the ladder among other players, compete with your friends or challenge the artificial intelligence. Take the crown and become the Champion.


As a Dark Chess warrior you will have to act fast, take chances and make split second decisions.

With limited time per move, each game is a dynamic, ‘bite size’ battle and your wins bring a lot of excitement.


‘The Fog of War’ conceals opposing armies. Enemy units become visible in proximity of one square around friendly units or within a striking move. Only the first unit under direct threat is shown. This adds a great amount of unpredictability and a scouting aspect to the game. Makes it exceptionally tactical.


Invite your Friends to play with you. Share your glorious Victories and noble Defeats. Climb to the top together.


Dark Chess features various game modes such as Player vs Player, Player vs Artificial Intelligence, Tournaments along with Rankings, Ratings and Scoreboards.

Challenges, Events and Character Customization will keep you engaged and satisfied with your achievements.

Dark Chess on Steam

Eonica Chess Battle

Eonica Chess Battle

great auto battle game, good graphics

Real player with 507.4 hrs in game

This is the best chess game I’ve ever played. The amount of depth to the game, while still in early access, is impressive. I think that the game will only get better with time and will have more players to compete against as the game grows in popularity.

Real player with 7.6 hrs in game

Eonica Chess Battle on Steam

Fritz Chess 17 Steam Edition

Fritz Chess 17 Steam Edition

Review for Fritz Chess 17 Steam Edition (english and french)

1. English

With Fritz 17, in addition to the Fritz 17 engine, you get a completely new chess engine that was created with the help of a neural network based on the AlphaZero approach. There are also new exciting functions for creating and practicing opening repertoire. Based on LCZero technology, a neural network was trained with Grand Master games for over a year. The developers named the result Fat Fritz, which, however, needs a very powerful NVidea graphics card to achieve the full game strength.

Real player with 661.0 hrs in game


Changed to positive since, I have to admit, slowly finding out content is there, just hidden behind a really unclear and buggy - for me - interface!

First I have to click “NO” on every prompt it pops up when I launch some of the modules or menus items (at least this is what’s happening on my system…), then it seems, so far, everything runs, their website connection too - playchess - only thing you are logged in as guest with sort of limited privilege, which is fair, tbh.

The Easy Game is what actually it says…easy with limited functionality…Then, if you want to access the full features, you can only via launching a game from the database or running the classic menu and then working from there ( as pointed out by Knusperzwieback in a reply to my review!)

Real player with 127.0 hrs in game

Fritz Chess 17 Steam Edition on Steam

Rooks Keep

Rooks Keep

*NOTE: This is an Early Access review meaning it will be a lot shorter than a normal review but will still explain what I thought about it. A full review will be published once Rooks Keep has released.

Welcome to the official blood and gore feast! Rooks Keep is an arena-based, melee combat game. A variety of game-modes, characters, maps and mutators are available. It also has Chess modes, mod support and decapitation! It’s available on Steam for and is being published and developed by RuneStorm.

Real player with 24.9 hrs in game

It is a good game with enjoyable combat. There’s some chess (two types, normal and one where your characters fight out to see the victor) and there’s various modes you can play like Last Man Standing. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing this alone with bots. The combat is gorey and heavy hitting, it won’t be long until you have been completely covered in the blood of your enemies.

Of course that’s where the biggest problem lies. Multiplayer. This game has no dedicated servers, and there are no people hosting (as far as I have seen anyway). This is a massive hit in the face since the game promises multiplayer in the game descriptiojn itself. This means that you will most likely only play with bots most of the time.

Real player with 7.9 hrs in game

Rooks Keep on Steam