A weird Endless runner where you get one of each chess piece and need to get as far along a thin infinite chessboard as you can has launched, and I have already sunk many hours into it.
You only start with a minute but get more time if you knock out chess pieces and it's short but addictive. You can get served an ad for an extra minute when you lose 1 time, but for a free fun game that's something I can deal with.
ChessFinity, a game that combines the rules and figurines of traditional chess with the thrill of an endless runner, is out now on Android and iOS. And you can check it out for free
Beating the high scores isn't easy, so you can collect a number of potions to power-up your figurine: make it survive an attack or even kill an attacking opponent.
What makes chess so interesting? We think it's the number of possibilities you have to take into account when you play a game. Where will the knight go to next? Can the bishop hit my rook over there? We’ve taken the traditional chessboard and transformed it into a never-ending road to victory. You control one piece from the roster at a time, but you can always swap - from knight to king, from bishop to rook, whatever the situation requires. Try to survive as long as you can and score as many points as possible.
ChessFinity retains what makes chess the game of kings, the strategic masterpiece boardgame that has been played for centuries all over the world, and combines this with a new spin on how you as a player approach chess. You won’t be confronted with an all-too smart AI that keeps on destroying your army, nor with an experienced player: in ChessFinity, you’ll be confronted with procedurally generated challenges that get harder and harder but are always beatable. Every time you play, you’ll get better and better and leave a high score for others to beat.
During the game, you can always swap to a piece that fits the situation best – of course, the mighty queen has the most movement options, but she can’t jump like a knight can. Sometimes, it may be best to sacrifice one of your pieces – we’re looking at you, pawn.
Chess with a new twist: an endless runner following the rules of chess
Quick, thrilling gameplay with an easy-to-learn but hard-to-master approach
Instant fun without having played a single turn of chess before; you’ll learn while you play the game
Use power-ups to make your progress easier
Compete for a worldwide high score
Earn coins while you play to customise your chess pieces