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Once you get to grips with the hectic play you realise this is essentially a twin-stick shooting game with a check-mate finishing move. There's no health bar so the reason to avoid being hit is that it results in more chess pieces for your enemy rather than you dying. There are 8 different King characters to play, each with different abilities and personalities. As you win battles you can slowly upgrade their power, range and difficulty.
As you progress and you start to cope with the hectic nature of play and a more strategic game emerges. Play ebbs and flows as you battle to get more pieces on the board, capture enemy pieces and ultimately force the other player into a corner to be able to checkmate-finish them with one of your pieces.
The result is a game that appeals to players looking for a fast-action shooting challenge but with a tactical twist. It's much more tactical than you might expect from watching the game played, as is shown in the post-game replay and graphs of how the weight of play moved back and forth.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Checkmate Kings 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to cope with moving, shooting and using the chess piece attacks at the same time. It's a lot but it clicks it's simpler than it sounds.
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Release Date: 30/01/2023
Out Now: PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Players: 1-2 (2 online)
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels