A chess-based rhythm game where you play as the white king that lost all the pieces of the army. You have nothing. 

Earn every piece back one beat at a time in a scrolling chessboard.

*Disclaimer*: Check the devlog to know the development we did after the submission and take that in consideration for voting. Feedbacks are more important than votes for us :)

How to play

Earn every piece back one beat at a time in a scrolling chessboard. 
Move around at 120bpm with directional arrows or WASD (8 directions) - if you miss the beat the king won't move .

The black pieces will notice you when you are in check (you step on cell they menace) and will attack you in the next beat:

How to Win/lose

The purpose of the game is to reconquer all the army that is represented by the UI below the screen. You need to capture at least 8 pawns, 2 bishops, 2 knights, 2 rook and 1 queen - order is not relevant. 

You lose if you get eaten by a black piece (after a check). 
You lose if you fall behind the scrolling grid.

Jam devlog

- **v0.2.1 - two days later**: added mobile support with swipe to move (synchronization with visual and sound feedback needs improvement, maybe calibration? -*not implemented yet*) 

- **V0.2-a day later**: major bug fixes and gameplay improvements: added metronome sound and UI visual feedback of the tick. Better movement feeling. Black pieces notify now check and will move accordingly. Add win condition. Add gameover condition.
- **V0.1-submission**: time was short for us for this submission. The king moves at 120bpm with the input. Scrolling chessboard, black pieces will appear from the above row. Black piece Attack won't work :( . No win condition, no gameover condition.
Video of the first submission build (you can find the build it on itch.io page as well): https://twitter.com/notapixelstudio/status/1181382421595508736?s=09

Known issues

- if you don't move and the grid scrolls without a move, you don't die. 

Credits and acknowledgements

- Godot

- Textreme - ui visual feedback for rhythm control is from this project! (needs link)

- Whoever invented chess

- Crypt of the necrodancer for reference

- Chess pursuit (lichess.org/404)

Have fun!

The game is available for all laptop OS, web and android.

There is no music, just the sound of the metronome. I could not find a good music at 120bpm that fits well and that was free :) I suggest to put on this playlist. It's really fun: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/48qVMsDfYdILVXkR5kop6L?si=uJAi37z3TsqfTufJjayh...

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android, HTML5
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(17 total ratings)
Tags2D, Chess, Ludum Dare 45
LinksLudum Dare


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v0.1.first.submission.zip 5.2 MB
kingo.apk 33 MB
macos.zip 23 MB
win.zip 19 MB
ubuntu.zip 22 MB


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Hey! This pretty god!

Thanks Shawn! :D

The only problem is that the timing is a bit off beat, other than that, pretty good


Thanks! Maybe we should consider adding a calibration screen at the start of the game.

simple, yet briliant! love this

Watch Game Jam Feedback 2019-11-10 from MrJoshuaMcLean on www.twitch.tv

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Very fun! Game won't let me Quit once I'm captured though. Guess I'll Retry instead. (windows) edit: running from website btw