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[Beyond PlayStation] Brawl Chess Review

[Nintendo Switch] Brawl Chess Review
  • On February 19, 2021

Brawl Chess from Red Deer Games, you’ll take on a Rated E for Everyone chess adventure on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Brawl Chess review!


In Brawl Chess from Red Deer Games, you’ll take on a Rated E for Everyone chess adventure with a colorful art style that gamers of all ages can enjoy. You’ll start your journey by choosing your hero – between a Prince and a Princess – before you enter the chess battlefield in a game of withs. Play against the game’s adjustable AI so that you can select the right difficulty for your session – from the five available options, or play chess against a fellow human opponent in the local multiplayer mode. You can also switch to a classic chess setup if you feel like it.

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Chess is a game that is hundreds of years old, with the current version most of you are familiar with emerging in Europe during the 15th century. The goal is simple: defeat your opponent’s King. On the other hand, the execution is certainly not as straightforward! Two players will battle it out on an 8×8 grid with black and white chess pieces, with each of the different pieces having a variety of rules to keep in mind.

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For example, Pawns can be moved one square at a time and will attack enemies diagonally – they can, however, move two squares during their first move. Bishops move diagonally and can move as many squares as you want them to. Rooks move vertically or horizontally and can also move as many squares as you want them to. Knights move in an L-shape pattern, making them deadly when played right. The Queen is the most powerful piece to play since it can move vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, so it can strike from a distance and destroy any other piece. And then there’s the King, who can only move one square at a time in any direction, which makes it a versatile yet vulnerable piece.

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Brawl Chess does not set out to reinvent the wheel on Nintendo Switch. What it does provide is a more colorful look for the game, with heroes to pick as each player’s avatars and chess pieces with a distinct art style that makes it easy to spot each piece with ease. Brawl Chess is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 asking price, and it’s a good option for gamers of all ages, but especially for younger ones who might be new to chess and are ready to learn about it. If you want to add more heroes to the game, you can add a Dwarf, a Barbarian, a Fairy, an Elf, and a Ghost for $0.99 each, or get all of them in a Great Heroes pack for $2.99.

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This Brawl Chess review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Red Deer Games.

Review Overview

Colorful chess game for gamers of all ages