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Shotgun King (2022) is a gruesome game of chess where you play a single piece with a shotgun. It combines turn-based strategic runs with classic chess moves. It's a game of Chess where all your comrades have gone to the other side (and you found a firearm).

Each tun you can either move or shoot at enemy pieces. Once you have shot you have to move on your next go. Each turn, the enemy pieces move in accordance with Chess rules, but home in on you to put you to a bloody death.

As well as keeping the enemy pieces at bay by aiming your shotgun, you also need to avoid a classic checkmate too. Your aim is to get to and kill the enemy king. Doing this progresses you to the next more difficult floor. You will fail but when you do you start again with a bit more experience.

As you progress you gain special ability cards that change what you can do. However, these also come at a price as they often trigger new or more powerful enemies for you to take on. It becomes a puzzle which are best to use and how to capitalise on them.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Shotgun King (Punkcake) 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Shotgun King (Punkcake). Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Shooting game with Action, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood.
The game does include red splashes that look like blood when enemies are shot. However, the targets are not people but chess pieces. Still, these Chess pieces do have faces (particularly the bosses) and are human-like. There is shooting from close range with a shotgun.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to think ahead and use your pieces to your advantage. Resilience when things don't go to play (along with some creative thinking) are important.


Shotgun King usually costs £8.99.

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate

Steam Store PC £8.99

Shotgun King

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You can get their games by either:
  • Subscribing to their Patreon for about 3€/£3 to get a new game each month.
  • Purchasing games individually on Steam or Itch for about 6€/£6.
  • Purchase a bundle of 16 games for about £60

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/05/2022, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Shooting (Action, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Punkcake Delice (@Punkcake_Delice)

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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