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Description of Really Bad 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 will open the door to an entire new world of chess.


The free version of Really Bad Chess lets you compete vs. an AI in Ranked, Daily, or Weekly Challenges. Improve your skills using the included Freeplay mode. A single in-app purchase unlocks Versus Mode so you can compete against your friends locally! It also removes ads, displays captured pieces, and adds soothing alternate color-palettes to choose from.


"Makes chess fun even if you’re really bad" - The Verge

"Feels more modern than chess has ever felt" - Applenapps

"Really Bad Chess takes a really bad idea and somehow manages to make it a lot of fun." - Pocket Gamer


Chess is one of those games I always wished I enjoyed, but its commitment to beauty, elegance, and perfect balance always turned me away. Really Bad Chess removes these boring restrictions and flips chess on its head.

As much as random pieces change the game in some ways, I was really surprised to notice how much the game remains the same, and how powerful some pieces are — you've never truly struggled against a pawn until you've struggled against a pawn in the back row.

For chess pros, Really Bad Chess will give you a new type of challenge — the pieces & the moves are the same, but you'll have to throw out your openings and your understanding of normal patterns of play.

For novice chess players (like most of us), Really Bad Chess greatly opens up the game. Instead of starting by studying openings, in your first games you'll get to discover the joy (and challenge!) of learning how to checkmate.

I hope you have as much fun with Really Bad Chess as much as I did making it.


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More Information Of Really Bad Chess

lable: Board - Games Current Version:1.3.4 Publish Date:2021-08-24 Developer:Noodlecake Studios Inc

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Christophagus Heatus 2019-04-22

Out of all the game based apps I have, this one takes the cake. It\'s chess, but the majority of your pieces and your opponents pieces are scrambled up or randomized, Giving you crazy possibilities like having 4-5 Queen\'s at one time, 5 castles, need I go on? The most gripping feature to this app however has to be the daily and weekly boards, and the good challenge it gives you. Needless to say I\'ve competed score wise with friends, have a blast, and we shall for a while. Great app!
Panchi banu Udta firu 2019-04-27

nice idea but they should have kept the original number of oieces, just misplaced. They BIG mistake here is that one player might get 5 queens to play whole the other might have just 2. It isn\'t fairly mapped. The second mistake is that the beginning of the game, one player has a great advantage sometimes coz the pieces are so as to sieze the opponent\'s king easily in few steps, while his/her own king is heavily guarded. Also, number of horses in each time is highly uneven.
Stephen M. S. Furness 2019-09-30

This game has been literally stopping me from winning for weeks now. I\'ll play the AI weekly challenge, and play some good moves, and once I start forcing the AI into a checkmate scenario, the bar advances to about 10 percent, and then freezes for eternity. It seems like the AI crashes, but it feels a lot like I move, and the AI responds by flipping the board and going \"Well if you\'re gonna play like that I\'m just not gonna play\". It\'s cruel and unfair. I just want to be allowed to win for once.
Desmin Peifer 2019-02-27

The concept and playthrough is unique and challenging (in a good way). It forces you to think abstractly and keeps the classic game of chess fun and exciting. My only problem is that there have been 2 occasions where the computer did not recognize my piece\'s position. It acted as if my pieces weren\'t in the way and therefore forced me to move my king out of check rather than taking their piece. Other than that, it\'s enjoyable, and the ads aren\'t as bad as people are making them out to be.
Fernando Fresquez 2018-12-24

Seems like a decent game, if ony I could play it. The first ad (for some kind of airplane tycoon game) runs on an endless loop. You close the ad and it takes you to the play store to purchase the game. You close the play store to open really bad chess... and the ad opens again. It was nice for the one game before the game disabling ad.
Elliott Mejia 2021-01-29

Just such a horrible, terrible, incredibly entertaining concept. The engine isn\'t all that good, maybe 1000 (it definitely blunders on purpose), and the engine\'s rating is static- but as someone rated in the high 1000s, oh my god this is INSANELY difficult at higher levels. Fighting 10 bishops is not easy, even with two queens. \"Never underestimate a bishop\" has a completely new meaning to me.
Rob Johnson 2020-12-27

If you miss playing chess before you knew strategy and opens, when it felt like a battle, then welcome to the thunder dome. This is brilliant, sometimes infuriating and definitely not repetitive, as far as I can tell. If you like chess but aren\'t good, this can help you get better. If you like chess and are too good and feel bad for stomping your friends, you can face new challenges. Undos can be replenished by watching an ad, which is a totally fair price to pay for 5 undos. Good app.
Andrew Nelson 2021-01-12

Please allow more tries for the daily board(don\'t count for streaks), and move the \"YES\"/\"Try Again\" bar so it doesn\'t obscure the lost pieces row, or move the pieces lost/taken rows for the same reason. I would kill for(die for?) the ability to play friends online in the 1v1 mode. Maybe make/allow Undo\'s by opponent approval for 1v1. The game has a problem with registering win conditions. To fix, undo, force stop, re-open the app and make your move again.
Ethan Stine 2020-07-23

This is awesome. Funny and new, but also it\'s actually really great chess practice. It teaches you to pay close attention to the board and not blunder. You have to have your tactics on par too. Also because it\'s fun, there\'s way less stress. It\'s just a great app for some good fun practice. Genius idea!
A 2019-02-19

Ads make the game unplayable. Unskippable, unclosable ads means that if you want to play the game you need to entirely restart it, losing all your progress. Interesting concept but not worth it. Fix the ads. Also, the ai is way way too slow