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Not Chess

Not Chess

Tepes Ovidiu

a puzzling chess-like game

4.1 Ratings 116+ Reviews

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  • Interesting concept Mar 30, 2021

    By thorn90
    Really like the look of it and it’s a fun chess alternative. The sound effects don’t seem to be workin on it and the background music goes in and out. Would be nice if there was an option to ply actual chess on it as well.
  • Feb 4, 2021

    By Akash Muddaraj
    The game is really fun my only problem is in the game I can't turn off vibrations if that could be implemented I would easily give this five stars. Also maybe later in the future make it so we can choose the theme of the board instead of it changing every few levels because not gonna lie there are some themes which I really don't like
  • An exciting and challenging twist on Chess! Jul 28, 2021

    By AertoneFX
    Knowing how each chess piece moves is the easy part. Using these moves to solve puzzles is what makes this game so fun. With 4 different level difficulties, packed with tons of levels per difficulty, this game will keep you solving puzzle by puzzle, anxious to complete the next challenge that awaits you. Many levels are relatively simple, requiring few moves to think through and complete, while others are more complicated, making you have to think several steps ahead in order to succeed through the level. The developer also doesn’t collect any data, which is a nice addition to this already amazing Not Chess game. Overall, this game makes its wonderful visuals, gameplay, and privacy definitely worth the purchase.
  • Dec 19, 2020

    By Todd Bloom
    Good game, but there are a few small things that need fixing. First, speed up the menus. It takes far too long to get into the game for me to want to even open the app. Second, the next level button at the end of each level should really take you to the next level and not to level select. Maybe add a second option for level select? Lastly, add a setting to turn of the vibrate functionality. Also, label menu buttons maybe? Cool idea though!
  • Excellent Puzzle Game Dec 11, 2020

    By Method5440
    Yes, the puzzles are a bit easy and there are not a lot of them - but this game just came out and I can already see the promise that an active dev will bring. If given the choice between taking the chess puzzles which exist and playing them over the board or in this app in this style I choose to play them here. This is a very strong start and the one thing which is holding this back - difficult content beyond level 75 - can be added by a good developer in short order. I highly recommend this game, both because of the look/feel but also because of the potential. Play some of their other games, you’ll see what I mean. Thanks for bringing us a chess game!
  • Dec 9, 2020

    By Matt Mayes
    Fun time killer, though a couple things stop it being 5 stars. First is that I personally don't like the sound the pieces make, but I like the background music. There isn't a way to only turn off one or the other though. Secondly, the time between levels is a bit too long. The animation for the tick and the arrow is drawn out and takes you to a menu rather than the next level. Speeding up the animation and putting you into the next level would improve this in my opinion. Otherwise it's great!
  • Love the game, puzzles need play testing Dec 28, 2020

    By Junior Software Engineer
    This is an amazing game. Some of the puzzles needed to be play tested, as many have unintended solutions. I found 5 completely different solutions to puzzle 40 with different piece captures including one in 4 moves (out of 5), highly inconsistent with the difficulty of the other medium puzzles. There should also be a way to proceed to the next level after completing the previous one, as the forced return to the menu feels clunky and is inconsistent with the mood of the game. I know a game with promise when I see one; this game has great potential and is already very enjoyable to play.
  • Jan 25, 2021

    By Eben Wight
    Fun and functional, if not terribly challenging. I must, however, remove a star for the fact that every move generates a full throttle haptic feedback buzz and there's no option to turn it off. A supremely annoying oversight for an otherwise well realized game to be burdened with.
  • Fun for kids but lacking for adults Dec 24, 2020

    By Chembower
    The puzzle game lacks a challenging experience, half or more of the hard levels were able to be completed within 30 to 45 seconds using 1 less move then was given. It is a very interesting twist on puzzle games and if there were more then 75 levels and more difficult levels I would recommend this game. The lack of music is very disappointing the trailer music would have added a relaxing tone and a sound when taking pieces would have greatly added to the experience.
  • Dec 20, 2020

    By Jasper Linschoten
    The puzzles are fun and looks are ok. What is really annoying is that although sound can be turned off, the haptic feedback cannot.
  • Interesting concept Mar 30, 2021

    By thorn90
    Really like the look of it and it’s a fun chess alternative. The sound effects don’t seem to be workin on it and the background music goes in and out. Would be nice if there was an option to ply actual chess on it as well.
  • Feb 4, 2021

    By Akash Muddaraj
    The game is really fun my only problem is in the game I can't turn off vibrations if that could be implemented I would easily give this five stars. Also maybe later in the future make it so we can choose the theme of the board instead of it changing every few levels because not gonna lie there are some themes which I really don't like
  • An exciting and challenging twist on Chess! Jul 28, 2021

    By AertoneFX
    Knowing how each chess piece moves is the easy part. Using these moves to solve puzzles is what makes this game so fun. With 4 different level difficulties, packed with tons of levels per difficulty, this game will keep you solving puzzle by puzzle, anxious to complete the next challenge that awaits you. Many levels are relatively simple, requiring few moves to think through and complete, while others are more complicated, making you have to think several steps ahead in order to succeed through the level. The developer also doesn’t collect any data, which is a nice addition to this already amazing Not Chess game. Overall, this game makes its wonderful visuals, gameplay, and privacy definitely worth the purchase.
  • Dec 19, 2020

    By Todd Bloom
    Good game, but there are a few small things that need fixing. First, speed up the menus. It takes far too long to get into the game for me to want to even open the app. Second, the next level button at the end of each level should really take you to the next level and not to level select. Maybe add a second option for level select? Lastly, add a setting to turn of the vibrate functionality. Also, label menu buttons maybe? Cool idea though!
  • Excellent Puzzle Game Dec 11, 2020

    By Method5440
    Yes, the puzzles are a bit easy and there are not a lot of them - but this game just came out and I can already see the promise that an active dev will bring. If given the choice between taking the chess puzzles which exist and playing them over the board or in this app in this style I choose to play them here. This is a very strong start and the one thing which is holding this back - difficult content beyond level 75 - can be added by a good developer in short order. I highly recommend this game, both because of the look/feel but also because of the potential. Play some of their other games, you’ll see what I mean. Thanks for bringing us a chess game!
  • Dec 9, 2020

    By Matt Mayes
    Fun time killer, though a couple things stop it being 5 stars. First is that I personally don't like the sound the pieces make, but I like the background music. There isn't a way to only turn off one or the other though. Secondly, the time between levels is a bit too long. The animation for the tick and the arrow is drawn out and takes you to a menu rather than the next level. Speeding up the animation and putting you into the next level would improve this in my opinion. Otherwise it's great!
  • Love the game, puzzles need play testing Dec 28, 2020

    By Junior Software Engineer
    This is an amazing game. Some of the puzzles needed to be play tested, as many have unintended solutions. I found 5 completely different solutions to puzzle 40 with different piece captures including one in 4 moves (out of 5), highly inconsistent with the difficulty of the other medium puzzles. There should also be a way to proceed to the next level after completing the previous one, as the forced return to the menu feels clunky and is inconsistent with the mood of the game. I know a game with promise when I see one; this game has great potential and is already very enjoyable to play.
  • Jan 25, 2021

    By Eben Wight
    Fun and functional, if not terribly challenging. I must, however, remove a star for the fact that every move generates a full throttle haptic feedback buzz and there's no option to turn it off. A supremely annoying oversight for an otherwise well realized game to be burdened with.
  • Fun for kids but lacking for adults Dec 24, 2020

    By Chembower
    The puzzle game lacks a challenging experience, half or more of the hard levels were able to be completed within 30 to 45 seconds using 1 less move then was given. It is a very interesting twist on puzzle games and if there were more then 75 levels and more difficult levels I would recommend this game. The lack of music is very disappointing the trailer music would have added a relaxing tone and a sound when taking pieces would have greatly added to the experience.
  • Dec 20, 2020

    By Jasper Linschoten
    The puzzles are fun and looks are ok. What is really annoying is that although sound can be turned off, the haptic feedback cannot.
  • Poorly done Jan 6, 2021

    By Olabaun
    As everyone has said, levels are very easy. Even the newly added “very hard” ones. There are multiple solutions to many of the levels, but it will not let you solve it unless you find their solution, this is quite frustrating and should be fixed. Also I cannot pass the first level of easy because the game keeps freezing, so I only completed the other difficulty levels. All in all definitely not worth the price for the little amount of buggy content. Fix the bugs and add more levels or drop the price, it is a good idea with poor and rushed execution.
  • Too easy and still needs work Dec 20, 2020

    By Theo12345123
    Game is too easy and still needs work. I spent 10 mins and completed the whole game. Even though I changed a setting and it restarted my progress. I don’t make much money so this game was really a ripofff it should be free and have ads. I even beat almost all levels with an extra move it’s basically mindless but I still had a little fun. Will update on new harder mode said to be released soon.
  • Not for me Dec 18, 2020

    By 68040
    I would like to support independent developers, and it no doubt takes a lot of effort to create something original. While the game may not be Chess, the pieces look and move as they do in Chess. Only difference I can see is that there is no opponent, so individual play works, you only have a few pieces, and you seek to land on a square containing the coin. I’m not a great Chess player, and even on easy levels sorry to say, I’d get stumped after unsuccessfully trying numerous possibilities. The frustration of not landing on the coin outweighed the satisfaction of solving it for me. I suppose that’s what a challenge is about. Perhaps if there were hints, or a solution revealed, I might learn to like it better.
  • Not for Chess Players Dec 29, 2020

    By Tjthegreattan
    Completed the whole pack within 30 min of buying. I could think of worse ways of spending a couple of $$ but with so little and easy content this should probably be a free game (max moves needed was 5 in any challenge). You’re better off playing free chess scenario challenges - I can’t stress how easily these are completed. Oh well.
  • Boring Jul 5, 2021

    By SD-Sebastian
    I bought this game thinking it would be kind of interesting. But sadly it’s not. It’s just a boring strategy game with not a lot of levels.

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  • An exciting and challenging twist on Chess! Jul 28, 2021

    By AertoneFX
    Knowing how each chess piece moves is the easy part. Using these moves to solve puzzles is what makes this game so fun. With 4 different level difficulties, packed with tons of levels per difficulty, this game will keep you solving puzzle by puzzle, anxious to complete the next challenge that awaits you. Many levels are relatively simple, requiring few moves to think through and complete, while others are more complicated, making you have to think several steps ahead in order to succeed through the level. The developer also doesn’t collect any data, which is a nice addition to this already amazing Not Chess game. Overall, this game makes its wonderful visuals, gameplay, and privacy definitely worth the purchase.
  • Excellent Puzzle Game Dec 11, 2020

    By Method5440
    Yes, the puzzles are a bit easy and there are not a lot of them - but this game just came out and I can already see the promise that an active dev will bring. If given the choice between taking the chess puzzles which exist and playing them over the board or in this app in this style I choose to play them here. This is a very strong start and the one thing which is holding this back - difficult content beyond level 75 - can be added by a good developer in short order. I highly recommend this game, both because of the look/feel but also because of the potential. Play some of their other games, you’ll see what I mean. Thanks for bringing us a chess game!
  • Love the game, puzzles need play testing Dec 28, 2020

    By Junior Software Engineer
    This is an amazing game. Some of the puzzles needed to be play tested, as many have unintended solutions. I found 5 completely different solutions to puzzle 40 with different piece captures including one in 4 moves (out of 5), highly inconsistent with the difficulty of the other medium puzzles. There should also be a way to proceed to the next level after completing the previous one, as the forced return to the menu feels clunky and is inconsistent with the mood of the game. I know a game with promise when I see one; this game has great potential and is already very enjoyable to play.
  • Awesome Developer, but... Jan 7, 2021

    By SwimmerJc
    there are no down sides. I just wanted to have a click bait title for my honest review. Lol. This game is exactly what its dev says it is. A puzzler using chess piece rules. It is Not Chess. I am a chess player and don’t see why other chess players think it is Chess if the title literally says Not Chess and the description mentions it too. Anyhow, the dev fixed critical bugs with the game rather fast after seeing the bugged reviews. The game is a quick pick me up rounds with small brain teasers that I seem to be enjoying. The developer is still adding more stages which is fantastic. Recommend from me if you like puzzle games.
  • Love the game. Wish for level transitions. Jan 9, 2021

    By gitsie
    Anyone who loves chess must love this game. I wish that after you complete a level it takes you straight to the next level without the level select screen bouncing up and down, it’s a slightly jarring experience and reduces enjoyment.
  • Jul 3, 2021

    By Karla Orellana
    Pleasent game, fun and great time wasted.
  • Mar 13, 2021

    By Family Obasi
    Always a fan of your work.
  • Great groundwork Dec 18, 2020

    By Ashr Go
    You’ve set very good groundwork, the concept, the look, the mechanics, etc... but it requires waaaay more engagement. Whether that’s more challenging levels, a speed requirement, point system, or in game rewards. Really great idea just very under developed.
  • Dec 8, 2020

    By Victor Bäck
    Really fun
  • Worth the $2!! Apr 28, 2021

    By begsuxbs xbc
    I’m not one to write reviews but this game blew away my expectations so here we are. As a chess newbie this puzzle variant of chess is perfect to start thinking a couple moves ahead. Great idea and great execution!
  • Interesting concept Mar 30, 2021

    By thorn90
    Really like the look of it and it’s a fun chess alternative. The sound effects don’t seem to be workin on it and the background music goes in and out. Would be nice if there was an option to ply actual chess on it as well.
  • Feb 4, 2021

    By Akash Muddaraj
    The game is really fun my only problem is in the game I can't turn off vibrations if that could be implemented I would easily give this five stars. Also maybe later in the future make it so we can choose the theme of the board instead of it changing every few levels because not gonna lie there are some themes which I really don't like
  • Dec 9, 2020

    By Matt Mayes
    Fun time killer, though a couple things stop it being 5 stars. First is that I personally don't like the sound the pieces make, but I like the background music. There isn't a way to only turn off one or the other though. Secondly, the time between levels is a bit too long. The animation for the tick and the arrow is drawn out and takes you to a menu rather than the next level. Speeding up the animation and putting you into the next level would improve this in my opinion. Otherwise it's great!
  • Jan 25, 2021

    By Eben Wight
    Fun and functional, if not terribly challenging. I must, however, remove a star for the fact that every move generates a full throttle haptic feedback buzz and there's no option to turn it off. A supremely annoying oversight for an otherwise well realized game to be burdened with.
  • Dec 20, 2020

    By Jasper Linschoten
    The puzzles are fun and looks are ok. What is really annoying is that although sound can be turned off, the haptic feedback cannot.
  • Mar 26, 2021

    By Jier
    Good puzzle. Option to remove vibration please
  • Not Chess is... not for chess players Dec 8, 2020

    By conformpdx
    Puzzles are much too simple for anybody with a modicum of chess practice.
  • Dec 19, 2020

    By Todd Bloom
    Good game, but there are a few small things that need fixing. First, speed up the menus. It takes far too long to get into the game for me to want to even open the app. Second, the next level button at the end of each level should really take you to the next level and not to level select. Maybe add a second option for level select? Lastly, add a setting to turn of the vibrate functionality. Also, label menu buttons maybe? Cool idea though!
  • Fun for kids but lacking for adults Dec 24, 2020

    By Chembower
    The puzzle game lacks a challenging experience, half or more of the hard levels were able to be completed within 30 to 45 seconds using 1 less move then was given. It is a very interesting twist on puzzle games and if there were more then 75 levels and more difficult levels I would recommend this game. The lack of music is very disappointing the trailer music would have added a relaxing tone and a sound when taking pieces would have greatly added to the experience.
  • Jul 30, 2021

    By Antonello Piemonte
    Would be 5 star if vibrations could be turned off.
  • Great concept Dec 8, 2020

    By Bmunks
    Great concept, was excited for it after pre purchasing it. Difficulty seems irrelevant unfortunately, games are very easy and straight forward . Will keep it around to see if updates come with creative and difficult puzzles.
  • Poorly done Jan 6, 2021

    By Olabaun
    As everyone has said, levels are very easy. Even the newly added “very hard” ones. There are multiple solutions to many of the levels, but it will not let you solve it unless you find their solution, this is quite frustrating and should be fixed. Also I cannot pass the first level of easy because the game keeps freezing, so I only completed the other difficulty levels. All in all definitely not worth the price for the little amount of buggy content. Fix the bugs and add more levels or drop the price, it is a good idea with poor and rushed execution.
  • Too easy and still needs work Dec 20, 2020

    By Theo12345123
    Game is too easy and still needs work. I spent 10 mins and completed the whole game. Even though I changed a setting and it restarted my progress. I don’t make much money so this game was really a ripofff it should be free and have ads. I even beat almost all levels with an extra move it’s basically mindless but I still had a little fun. Will update on new harder mode said to be released soon.
  • Not for me Dec 18, 2020

    By 68040
    I would like to support independent developers, and it no doubt takes a lot of effort to create something original. While the game may not be Chess, the pieces look and move as they do in Chess. Only difference I can see is that there is no opponent, so individual play works, you only have a few pieces, and you seek to land on a square containing the coin. I’m not a great Chess player, and even on easy levels sorry to say, I’d get stumped after unsuccessfully trying numerous possibilities. The frustration of not landing on the coin outweighed the satisfaction of solving it for me. I suppose that’s what a challenge is about. Perhaps if there were hints, or a solution revealed, I might learn to like it better.
  • Not for Chess Players Dec 29, 2020

    By Tjthegreattan
    Completed the whole pack within 30 min of buying. I could think of worse ways of spending a couple of $$ but with so little and easy content this should probably be a free game (max moves needed was 5 in any challenge). You’re better off playing free chess scenario challenges - I can’t stress how easily these are completed. Oh well.
  • Boring Jul 5, 2021

    By SD-Sebastian
    I bought this game thinking it would be kind of interesting. But sadly it’s not. It’s just a boring strategy game with not a lot of levels.

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