Everybody loves dungeon crawlers, but it's the type of genre that's so old that sometimes it needs some spicing up. We've seen all sorts of different takes on the dungeon crawler over the years, but there's one genre mashup that I've never seen before: Chess. That's where Chesslike: Adventures in Chess comes in. It's a dungeon crawler-type experience, but your heroes in the game are actual chess pieces, and are bound by the very same rules of movement that they would be in a traditional game of chess. It makes a whole lot more sense after you check out the trailer.

You can actually play Chesslike right now in your browser if you click this link. I've only played through the first few levels of the browser version so far, as I don't want to spoil it before the iOS release, but I like what I've seen. It feels a lot like a puzzle game as you figure out the solution to get to the exit of each "floor" of the dungeon. It's really pretty cool. Chesslike: Adventures in Chess will be available later this month for iOS and Android.

  • jamesgecko

    Interesting. Reminds me of Ending, a bit.

  • avocadobaas

    Can't wait! This looks awesome!

  • Bloodangel

    But like archon on commodore

    • Dethedrus

      You mean Archon on the Apple][ !!!

  • http://loxmyth.com Brandon Evans

    Hey, this is one of the devs. We're about to launch our android version later today (hopefully). If you'd like to chat, please reach out via email

  • luckystrikeguy

    Pretty fun actually. Kind of puts my hopes up for Wh regicide. I will definitely pick this up

  • ste86uk

    I do love chess and it looks interesting but I'm not quite convinced yet. There are a few ideas I've always had in my head for uses of chess in games but never seen them done yet.

    • http://loxmyth.com Brandon Evans

      if you're interested, you can use the map editor to try out some of your ideas

  • Alexythimia23

    Wow this could actually really catch on.. Not bad, might have to "get this" or even better.. " buy this"

  • vectorarchitekt

    Endless or set # of levels?
    I wish the Hipsta Chez developers would update their game....

    • http://loxmyth.com Brandon Evans

      there are a set # of levels, but we plan to add more soon. If you want to play beyond the set #, you can create your own in the level editor, or play other people's levels

      • vectorarchitekt

        Sounds great! Looking forward to this release.

  • nini

    I think a part of me died hearing something so dull it might as well be a text adventure.

    • gaymerX

      Respect your roots... Text adventures are one of the reasons we even have modern gaming. We didn't need fancy graphics for a great adventure. Your mind and creativity put it all together and it was awesome!

  • irettillib

    This looks amazing! I love stripped-down roguelike/puzzle combos; it seems crazy that this hasn't been done yet.

  • chank

    Looks cool & different. Count me in!

  • http://Dailionstudio.com Dailion Ando

    look interesting

  • steved7731

    Whatever happened to the iPad port of Chess 2?