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Chessplosion (2021) is an action, puzzle game where you drop chess pieces on a board to trigger bombs in the shape of their related chess moves. Your aim is to use the different pieces (and bomb attacks) to trap opponents like Bomberman. No prior chess knowledge is required, as the optional tutorials will get you up to speed.

There's an Adventure mode where you battle enemies and bigger bosses. Or in Puzzle mode, you aim to break targets with limited bombs. Then in Survival mode, you need to dodge explosions. You can play against friends or the computer in Battle Mode.

Defeat a variety of enemy types and boss fights in Adventure Mode, inspired by the movement patterns of chess pieces. Avoid charging Rooks, don't get shot by Bishops' diagonal projectiles, and watch out for stomping Knights.

With 8 bosses and over 90 stages in Adventure Mode, over 100 target-breaking puzzles in Puzzle Mode and 10 stages of explosion-dodging challenges in Survival Mode, there is tonnes to do. Add to that the 12 different arenas in Battle Mode with up to 4 players and this will keep you entertained for days.

It's a game that is fun, approachable and accessible, whether or not you already love chess.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Chessplosion 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Brain Game, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Multiplayer games take up to 5 minutes. Single-player modes are really short levels of a couple of minutes.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Provided you can keep up with the speed of the game it's a game you can enjoy from a very young age. It's a nice way to introduce some chess concepts.


Chessplosion usually costs £9.99.


Steam Store PC £9.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/09/2021

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Traversal (Brain Game, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 34 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: CT Matthews (@CTMatthews)

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