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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Checkmate Showdown (2023) is a strategic fighting game where you move your pieces on a chess board and then use them in fights to try and take off enemy pieces. You use fists, kicks, and weapons to defeat opponents in combat, and the winning piece gets to stay on the board. It stands out for the combination of classic chess play with all the strategy and practice involved with fast-paced, precise and exacting combat.

Play is split into two distinct sections: turn-based chess and then fights. The chess portion is identical to normal chess; you move your pieces on the grid with the intent of taking your opponent's king. If you or your opponent attempt to take a piece, you then move to the fighting section, where you must use different weapons, kicks and punches to knock out your opponent in fast-paced melee combat. Each piece has different abilities and varying strengths; leveraging any advantage you have against the enemy is essential, and deciding which piece to attack with is important too.

The winning piece of each fight gets to stay on the board while the loser is taken off. Unlike chess, you need to consider this before attacking an opponent's piece as you risk losing your own piece. The attacker has an advantage in that they can use their powerful moves immediately in combat while the defender has to wait for it to charge up.

The result is a game where patience and strategy are balanced with fast-paced fighting prowess to create a unique and unusual yet still engaging and fun experience for chess and fighting game players alike.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Checkmate Showdown 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Strategy game with Battle and Traversal elements. You can play with 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

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. You need both excellent chess skills, strategy and fighting prowess and quick reactions to succeed, especially at a high level.

Account Rating

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


Checkmate Showdown usually costs £16.75.

Checkmate Showdown

Steam Store PC £16.75
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/11/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 2 (2 online)

Genres: Fighting, Strategy (Battle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and 2D Side-On

Developer: Bad Rez Games (@BadRezGames)

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