Chess Chase is a fusion of Chess and modern real-time strategy games like Starcraft.
It is free and open source.
macOS or Windows
Download the appropriate installer for your operating system from here.
The game is currently available for beta-testing via Apple's TestFlight. It is not yet available in the normal App Store.
Build from the source code.
Differences from standard chess
Instead of alternating turns, the game is real-time with cool-downs (aka rate limits):
- After a move, a player cannot move any piece for 0.8 second
- After a piece moves, it cannot move for 2.8 seconds
- A King is quicker and is only frozen for 2.2 seconds
- A Pawn promoted to a Queen becomes frozen for 2.2 seconds as well
Instead of seeing the whole board, you only see these parts:
- The squares that your pieces inhabit
- The squares that your pieces can move to
- The enemy pieces that immediately threaten your King ("Check")
- Enemy pawns that you can capture by En Passant
Unlike standard Chess:
- The game is won by actually capturing the King (not before in a Checkmate)
- The King can move to threatened positions - so be careful!
- Castling can be done regardless of the enemy's attacks - so be careful!
- How En Passant relates to turns - if your previous turn happened before the enemy pawn moved you may En Passant capture it.
- There is currently no notion of a tie (but this might change in future updates)
For players not familiar with Chess
Like in Starcraft, there are different kind of units and each kind moves in different ways.
You don't need to learn the moves before starting to play, you'll figure it out as you go!
To help you see where pieces can move, the board is color-coded. For example, the "Knight" is assigned the green color and its possibly destinations are colored green. On a computer, hovering over a piece shows you where it can move.
After playing a few rounds, you will learn how each piece moves, which is the same way it moves in the classic game of Chess!
- The Chess piece graphics were created by Cburnett and jurgenwesterhof
- Similar game: Kung Fu Chess. It has the real-time aspect but the whole board is visible.
- Feedback is most welcome! It can be given via Twitter, GitHub issues, or the medium of your choice.