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Modern Twists On Chess For All New Gameplay

Chess has been around for a long time in a familiar form. Recently, there have been some modern twists on the classic Chess formula. Each one of these games takes the basics of Chess, and changes it around for all new gameplay. Prepare for puzzle twists that can give you a random piece layout, the ability to transform pieces, focused piece movement patterns, and more.

Really Bad Chess
Chezz: Play Fast Chess
Pawn'd
Crazy Chess Random - BA.net
Esfera Chess

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Really bad chess :)
Really Bad Chess

Really Bad Chess

Zach Gage

For anyone who likes a puzzle challenge, you don't even need to be familiar with Chess.

Really Bad Chess is just like chess, but with totally random pieces. Try 8 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 3 pawns — why not?

As heard on NPR's Weekend Edition

5 out of 5 Stars "An essential puzzle experience for anyone even remotely interested in strategy games" - TouchArcade

Whether you play chess daily, or quit just after learning the rules, this small twist...

Chezz: Play Fast Chess
Chezz: Play Fast Chess

Chezz: Play Fast Chess

QuickByte Games

Play fast chess in an all-new way

Play fast chess in an all-new way!
Chezz breaks the rules to create the fastest, most frantic new way to play the classic board game.

Challenge yourself in a game that lets you move all the pieces at the same time. Fight quick online PVP battles in real time with other players, or solve hundreds of levels in adventure mode. Pieces change...

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Pawn'd
Pawn'd
Pawn'd

Pawn'd

Headlight Software, Inc.

Break jewels like a king in Pawn'd! Match-3 meets Chess.

"Gameplay: 5/5" - The-App-Shack.com

"Pawn’d is a match 3 game that aims to make things a little bit different, and it succeeds greatly." - AppChronicles.com

"Bejeweled has just been PAWN'D!" - "Lork Gek" App Store Review

"An absolute must buy for...

Crazy Chess Random - BA.net
Crazy Chess Random - BA.net
Crazy Chess Random - BA.net

Crazy Chess Random - BA.net

Jaime Garcia Ghirelli

The game is based on the game of chess but contains rearranged chess pieces. Free game, no IAP.

Crazy Chess is played using a normal chess board. The moves and pieces are the same as the original game. Because of the rearranged pieces, players cannot use typical chess opening moves.

The...

Esfera Chess
Esfera Chess
Esfera Chess

Esfera Chess

Squz

Esfera is a 3D strategy game inspired by chess. Two armies fight a battle on a spherical world made of a lattice of hexagonal and pentagonal cells.

It will push your strategic and tactical abilities to the limits. Fans of Chess, Go, Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) and Checkers love Esfera.

Checkmate your opponent...

Moveless Chess
Moveless Chess
Moveless Chess

Moveless Chess

Nicolas Saraintaris

“A+ for chess nerd cleverness.” ~ (Rock Paper Shotgun)

//MOVELESS CHESS - Chess puzzles without moving your pieces!
Moveless Chess is an innovative chess game developed by Beavl. Your objective is to checkmate the black king without moving your pieces. But how then? By transforming your pieces into new ones. Every transformation...

No More Kings - Chess Puzzle
No More Kings - Chess Puzzle
No More Kings - Chess Puzzle

No More Kings - Chess Puzzle

Christian Montoya

A totally new puzzle game based on the rules of Chess.

One of CNET's Best Mobile Games of September 2015 and GameZebo's New iOS Games You Should Be Playing.

“slick, simple and refined... a great way to stretch your mind and learn more about how to play.” ~ CNET

“...very solid and an...