Zach Gage, developer of SpellTower [$2.99] and Sage Solitaire [Free], has a new game coming to iOS on October 13th called Really Bad Chess. It promises pretty much just that, as you play a game of chess with a random assortment of pieces. Those pieces might not be very good for you, but they might wind up giving you a domineering run against the computerized opponent. Or maybe it'll be a weird combination! Who knows, that's the point of Really Bad Chess, it throws out the balance in the game for random chaos!

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But here's the thing, Gage points out: this upends the game for everyone. Pros can't rely on opening gambits, since the board has been shaken up. This is a game that allows novices and newcomers the ability to get checkmate by playing and learning the mechanics, sometimes with an unfair advantage. You'll have ranked play to go along with daily and weekly modes to check out as you play. This sounds rather interesting, and I'm curious to check it out myself on October 13th.

  • Wizard of Odyssey

    I suck at chess, but I like it anyway! This is for me!!

  • guttaperk

    I so, so hope this is good.

  • vectorarchitekt

    Hell yes!! Man I love this guy's games. He makes definitive games for each genre.

  • ThePawn

    I'll pay this for sure. He makes good games. I still play safe solitaire daily since the release.

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  • curtneedsaride

    Cool idea. I'm in.

  • rezn

    I love the look of this just like Sage Solitaire.

  • Zach Gage

    Thanks so much everyone! I'm really glad you're excited for Really Bad Chess! I hope you enjoy it when it finally releases!

  • zen_mode

    Wasn't this the premise for Chesh? Wonder if it got inspiration from that

    • Zach Gage

      chesh is randomized piece abilities, this uses all the normal pieces. I love chesh but it wasn't the inspiration. I was interested in learning how to play chess but it frustrates me that chess is very rigid and you really need to play people close to your skill level. I figured maybe if I broke the "fairness" of chess by making the pieces totally random it might make it more fun for people like me who aren't good at it — it turned out to do a whole lot more than that, so I took the design and ran with it.

      • yachris

        What a great idea! Really looking forward to this.