Developer Ovidiu Tepes aka Crevasse does not just sit around idly. After releasing the train-based puzzler Railway Canyon in July, and the drifting-meets-point-and-click-adventuring The Longest Drift in October, they are already back again with a new release set to arrive next month. It’s called Not Chess and from that title alone you can probably guess it’s a game heavily inspired by the classic Chess, but different enough to NOT be Chess. And you would be right. Not Chess is actually a really clever idea for a puzzler and sees each level as a Chess board with various Chess pieces strategically placed. You begin as a single Chess piece with your goal being to collect a coin placed somewhere on the board, and you move around the board using the typical rules of Chess piece movement. The catch is that every time you capture a piece you’ll then change into that piece, and thus inherit its movement rules.
Not Chess will feature 3 difficulty modes and requires no prior knowledge of or even interest in Chess in order to be enjoyed, as all the pertinent information will be relayed via an interactive tutorial. It will also feature things like Game Center, Haptic Feedback, no internet requirement, and it’ll be a one-time premium purchase with no ads or IAP. And like all of Crevasse’s games it features a lovely color palette and smooth animations. Their games always have an air of high quality about them as well as a super chill vibe. You can pre-order Not Chess on the App Store right now and it’ll set you back just $1.99 with an expected release date of December 8th, and in the meantime you can talk about this one with the developer and other interested players in our forums.