Pawn Of The Dead Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

Our Pawn Of The Dead Review highlights this unique 3D game based on chess, in the style of Battle Chess. What makes it a unique game is its mechanic: When a Black (undead) piece captures a White piece, that White piece turns into a Black one!

Pawn Of The Dead Review Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 919MB download size.
  • Touchscreen controls.
  • 3 difficulties – casual, normal, and hardcore.
  • 4 game modes – campaign mode, random level generation, classical chess, and Queen Vs Zombies.
  • Tutorial area.
  • Can be played in 2D or 3D with a button press.
  • Chess battle game, as you take a piece you kill the undead, the undead takes a piece and that piece gets turned.
  • Handy undo button.
  • The undead King can kill but he doesn’t turn the piece into an undead piece.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • All chess pieces move as per the classic chess rules.
  • Every game can be different as you have pieces turn undead.
  • Four environments to play on – graveyard, Castle, town, and Gothic Ruins.
  • The campaign has four chapters and an ending section.
  • A fun take on the genre/game series.

Pawn Of The Dead Review Cons:

  • The tutorial is bad, barely tells you anything.
  • Won’t keep your view selection and always reverts back to 3D.
  • Hard to play in 3D.
  • Games can go on for too long because the Ai will consistently move perfectly to drag it on.
  • Can get stuck in a loop where it’s almost a stalemate.

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Pawn Of The Dead:

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Developer:Aslan Game Studio

Publisher: Aslan Game Studio

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


Pawn Of The Dead is a spin on the chess genre, it’s actually a really cool spin for when the undead team takes one of your pieces, they turn that piece into theirs so you can easily get overwhelmed. It’s a hit annoying that you can’t do a mode where both teams can turn a piece undead but as it stands you get a campaign mode complete with story and cutscenes. Classic chess allows you to just play chess so if the Gimmick isn’t for you then you can still get it off your chess. No online mode is a letdown but let’s just break it down, it’s a good chess game with a brilliant mechanic that plays well but could easily be pushed further but at the moment it’s a good solo affair.

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!