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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Checkmate Kings (2023) is a frantic shooting game where you play a king who can summon chess pieces by shooting the opponent king. Play is a mix of arcade-style shooting to build an army of pieces and then triggering their specific movement to hit the enemy and win the round.

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 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Sequencing, Strategy and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. You can play with someone you know by sharing a code, or just play against a stranger.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

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.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Checkmate Kings usually costs £8.50.

Checkmate Kings

Steam Store PC £8.50
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/01/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting (Sequencing, Strategy and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Developer: Checkmate Kings (@CheckmateKings)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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