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Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate - short review

Analysis, compilation, testing of chess engines... How about something "lighter caliber" this time?

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is the work of a small studio called PUNKCAKE Delicieux.

Imagine chess, but the king of the black figures was such a bastard that all his subjects deserted him and only his shotgun remained.

Here's Shotgun King, which is a chess, turn-based tactical game with a roguelike jam, in which we move the king with a double-barrelled shotgun and smash an army of white figures on successive boards.

The game is stylized as games from the 80/90s displayed on a convex old TV, which undoubtedly adds to its charm. The intention of the Developers was to make the game humorous, which, in my opinion, they succeeded; and this can be seen even in the description of the system requirements:

Source: GOG

The game only needs Windows 7, of course it also works on newer versions.

The King's shotgun has a spread that wounds groups of enemies, and the goal on each board is to slaughter the enemy monarch.

When we "kill" a Bishop, Rook or other figure, we acquire its soul and can move in one turn as the "killed" figure moves.

The game is a roguelike, in which we beat a succession of increasingly difficult boards, and between them, we choose modifiers offered to us in pairs of positive and negative, such as poisoning the queen, which shortens her range of movement, and a descendant pawn replacing the enemy king after his death.

On each board the game will protect us from moves that would kill us twice, but imprudent moves end in death and starting the game all over again.

The game has mini-campaigns and an infinite mode.

Shotgun King has a cool old-school design, great music and a brilliant concept.

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate Trailer

It is highly rated by players (gog & steam). I also liked the game and captured it with the fact that the sessions last on average a few minutes just for pleasant relaxation.

SK: TFC is relatively inexpensive: 10$.

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is definitely worth a look, and has a demo downloadable from the game page.

Start in your own way to make order on the chessboard with a shotgun ;)

If you like, you can buy it for from:

You can also get it by supporting Delicieux's PUNKCAKE studio through its Patreon page.


In the Files area you will find free chess engines for download.



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