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Chessformer (2021) is a running and jumping game where you are trying to capture the king. The twist is that it's turn based and you move around obstacles using chess pieces that can only behave as they do in the game of chess.

It sounds simple, but quickly gets complex, forcing you to think ahead and try and find solutions for overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles. It's this combination of core chess gameplay and these more novel platform game mechanics that make it unique.

In each of the 48 levels, you begin with a few set pieces, located in specific positions on the screen. You then can move them in any way you could in regular chess. If they end up somewhere without a platform, they fall to the ground. This means you have to think carefully about how to get to the king, perhaps stacking pieces one on top of each other to reach a high up ledge, or leaving one piece on a button to clear the path for other pieces to get through. Later levels introduce new mechanics, such as letting you choose your starting pieces, allowing for multiple ways to beat the levels.

It's a novel take on chess, offering up the classic movement mechanics of the ancient game while blending it with platforming elements that add an extra layer of strategy, tactics and forethought to the game.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Chessformer 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Traversal game with Platform and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although it needs some practice and introduction, even very young children can enjoy the puzzles. It's also a novel way to introduce the chess piece movements to a child, and would work well with playing the classic chess game at a similar time.


Chessformer usually costs £3.99.


Steam Store PC £3.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Can play for free on Chessformer website

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/01/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC and Web

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Traversal (Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Rob 1221 Dev (@Rob1221Dev)

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