Chess Knights Viking Lands Review (Nintendo Switch)

Chess Knights Viking Lands

Help the Knights to rescue their Kings and Queens in the beautiful and dangerous Vikings Lands. An innovative game concept inspired by chess: Infiltrate mindfully, rescue quickly and get out alive if you can.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 679MB download size.
  • Tutorial option to show the rules.
  • Puzzle chess gameplay.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Full camera control including zoom in and out.
  • Highlight moves-on/off.
  • The game involves you using chess pieces to avoid enemy pieces and retrieve your pieces and return them, doing so will open the next segment.
  • Death-restart the current segment.
  • Fast respawn time.
  • Undo button.
  • Excellent brain food.
  • Pieces that both you and the enemy use conform to their respective rules so Bishops only go diagonal and Rooks go up and down etc.
  • Works really well.
  • Very atmospheric.

Chess Knights Viking Lands

Cons:

  • The tutorial is just text and a choppy video.
  • The game just starts, nothing is explained or any guidelines.
  • Performance is up and down.
  • At game over you can’t just hit undo the last move and instead have to restart.
  • If you angle the camera a certain way it will just sit there rotating endlessly.
  • The controls are not great, it’s awkward with the stick as it works on a rotation basis and it’s not accurate so there is a lot of spinning the arrow around until it shows where you want.

Chess Knights Viking Lands

 

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Chess Knights Viking Lands is a chess puzzle game. What I mean by this is that you play as the chess pieces Knights, you can only move like you can in regular chess and your goal is to go and rescue another piece and then return. The enemy will be other chess pieces and again conform to their movement rules. It all culminates in a solid fun puzzle game. I love sitting there and going through a couple of puzzles, this is made easier by the levels being split into smaller chunks so you can do a little here and a little there. The World you play in is one of Viking architecture (shocker) with a lot of moving parts like boars moving, snow falling, and the such. The game supports touchscreen controls and is definitely the better way to play it, it works alright with the stick but the aiming of movement is a bit finicky and just a pain. Overall the game surprised me as the tutorial is not that great but I was able to sink in and get on with it regardless. If you like chess or puzzle games then it’s worth looking at and if you like both then boy do I have a game for you!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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