Chessplosion Review (Steam)

Chessplosion Review of this arcade action puzzle game where you drop chess piece-shaped bombs to create chain reactions and trap opponents. Defeat enemies and bosses in Adventure Mode, break targets with limited bombs in Puzzle Mode, dodge explosions in Survival Mode, or fight friends and AI in Battle Mode.

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Chessplosion Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 8.66MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics – full screen, resolution, frame rate, custom frames per second, fullscreen scaling and screen filter.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller buttons.
  • Easy to learn controls – movement amd bomb.
  • Game settings – full-color selection, squares layout, screen shake, static background, speed run timer, online input delay.
  • Assist mode – health lives in arcade, game speed, and allow skip levels.
  • Three game types – solo play, battle, and online.
  • How to play area.
  • Chess meets Bomberman gameplay.
  • Solo play modes – adventure, puzzle, survival, arcade, and training.
  • Battle modes – free for all, team battle, and tennis.
  • 2 – 4 local player multiplayer.
  • Online is just 1 v 1 and you have a server browser or quick join.
  • Arcade has 3 difficulties – beginner, advanced, and expert.
  • Each chess piece causes a unique explosion and the goal is to eliminate your opposition.
  • Tennis mode is where you have half of the board each and throw your pieces over.
  • You can place multiple pieces at once.
  • Games are timed in some modes.
  • You get a cooldown on pieces to stop you from spamming the board so much.
  • A very good mash-up.
  • Even with assist mode you can still experience the game and get Steam achievements.
  • A lot of fun.
  • Devilishly addictive.
  • Boss encounters.
  • Adventure mode is a spider Web of levels and you pick a path as you play.
  • Varies your opponent’s numbers and can have you facing off against 3 or 4 at a time.
  • Battle settings – round limit, time limit, sudden death, bomb count, and health amount.

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Chessplosion Review Cons:

  • Minimal graphic settings.
  • Gets repetitive.
  • Doesn’t have a level creator.
  • Only a handful of character colors and all the characters are the same models.
  • Not enough environmental things like holes and boxes.
  • The slight learning curve to it all.
  • Games can outstay their welcome.
  • Each world in adventure feels the same.
  • No scoring or leaderboard.
  • Never sure about the bomb timers.

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Chessplosion:

Official website.

Developer: ctmatthews

Publisher:  ctmatthews

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Steam

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7/10

Summary

Ever wondered what would happen if you mixed the gameplay of Bomberman with the sophistication of Chess? Chessplosion is what you would get! It’s a game where you drop Chess pieces on the board and after a short time, they explode in their chess piece ways. That’s the game, in a nutshell, they then add in extra modes like tennis and puzzles. It’s all wrapped up in a delightful box of treats with gorgeous pixel art graphics and cartoony animations. I found the game to be a lot of fun but also suffer like Bomberman, it can have games go on too long, open levels mean it’s hard to pinpoint your enemy, and so on. In Chessplosion you also get a lot of repetition and fatigue as very little changes as you go through the modes and I found myself not wanting to play it as much. Cutesy, accessible but short-lived is how I describe it all though if you can play with friends it will have a bit more playtime but overall it’s a game that plays well and is a good idea but needs a bit more.

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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