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Not Chess (2020) is a puzzle game similar to Chess, but you only have one piece, which morphs into whatever piece you take. It's a simple way of getting to grips with some of the basic rules of chess in a low-pressure, single-player environment, while also providing a play experience that's novel and fun in its own right.

In each level, you start out with a single chess piece on a board scattered with various static pieces. Your movement is defined by whatever your piece is (ie. a Rook, Queen, Pawn, etc.), but each time you take a piece, you become that piece and inherit its movement limitations. Each level is a puzzle where you have a set number of moves and a time limit in which you must try and obtain a coin on the board, after which you progress to the next level.

It offers a fresh twist on Chess and is a relaxing way to practice your skills, and get to grips with the movement of chess pieces.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Not Chess 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Brain Game and Strategy game with Puzzle elements. This is a single-player 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. Each level has a maximum number of moves, but can often be beaten in less, and all are very brief.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Rated 4+ on the Apple App Store.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Not Chess

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/11/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Brain Game, Strategy and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Board and Grid

Developer: Ovidiu Tepes (@OvidiuTepes)

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