Best Chess Games on Steam

Steam currently has 228 Chess games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Chess game rankings were last updated on 5/21/2024.

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1. 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel

It's the first ever chess variant with spatial, temporal, and parallel dimensions. It's 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel! Move pieces back in time to create branching timelines. Send a rook to a parallel dimension. Protect your kings in the present and in the past!

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5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel holds the #1 spot for "best Chess game on Steam" with a Player Score of 94. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 7,155 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,935 positive reviews and 220 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $11.99
Release Date 7/22/2020
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Steam App Id 1349230

2. Chessformer

Chessformer is a grid-based puzzle platformer with Chess pieces. The goal in each level is to capture the opposing king, who is lazy and never moves, so don't worry about losing any pieces.

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Chessformer has achieved a Player Score of 89, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 214 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 212 positive reviews and 2 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Chessformer on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 1/18/2022
Developer Robert Alvarez
Publisher Robert Alvarez
Steam App Id 1701190

3. Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate

Chess, but you replace your entire army with a royal shotgun. A unique strategy roguelike based on the timeless checkboard classic.

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Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate has achieved a Player Score of 89, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,331 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,893 positive reviews and 438 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $7.99
Release Date 5/12/2022
Developer PUNKCAKE Delicieux
Publisher PUNKCAKE Delicieux
Steam App Id 1972440

4. KNIGHTS

KNIGHTS is a minimalist puzzle game based on a single chess piece, the titular knight. A simple enough to pick up and relaxing experience.

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KNIGHTS has achieved a Player Score of 88, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 743 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 700 positive reviews and 43 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play KNIGHTS on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $0.49
Release Date 5/30/2016
Developer Arzola's
Publisher Arzola's
Steam App Id 476240

5. King of the Bridge

Face off against the bridge troll in his bizarre game of chess! Decrypt, Twist and Enforce the rules as your devious opponent attempts to break them in King of the Bridge!

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King of the Bridge has achieved a Player Score of 88, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 354 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 339 positive reviews and 15 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play King of the Bridge on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $2.99
Release Date 3/8/2024
Developer Finn Schuuring
Publisher Finn Schuuring
Steam App Id 2523120

6. Unlock The King

A originally designed puzzle game inspired by Chess. Move the pieces and create a path to Unlock the King.

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Unlock The King has achieved a Player Score of 87, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 292 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 279 positive reviews and 13 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $0.99
Release Date 11/20/2019
Developer Minimol Games
Publisher Minimol Games
Steam App Id 1172510

7. Chess Evolved Online

secretly the most overpowered game in existence

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Chess Evolved Online has achieved a Player Score of 86, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 663 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 611 positive reviews and 52 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Chess Evolved Online on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 2/22/2021
Developer TheGrandestine
Publisher TheGrandestine
Steam App Id 1064340

8. Chess Survivors

Chess Survivors is a grid based, quick-turn, roguelike where you outmaneuver and destroy an ever growing horde of chess based enemies. Combine abilities, upgrades, and relics to create game-breaking builds. Think fast, die, learn, repeat!

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Chess Survivors has achieved a Player Score of 86, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 106 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 103 positive reviews and 3 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $2.49
Release Date 8/31/2023
Developer Aarimous
Publisher Aarimous
Steam App Id 2065000

9. Chessplosion

Chessplosion is an arcade action puzzle game where you drop chess piece bombs to create chain reactions and trap opponents. Defeat enemies and bosses in Adventure Mode and the roguelike-inspired Dungeon Mode, break targets with limited bombs in Puzzle Mode, or fight friends and AI in Battle Mode.

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Chessplosion has achieved a Player Score of 86, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 130 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 125 positive reviews and 5 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $5.99
Release Date 9/21/2021
Franchise C.T. Matthews
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Steam App Id 1571220

10. Militia

Militia is a tight turn-based strategy game that brings the thrill of victory to single-player. It's simple to pick up, and from the moment you start, you'll be learning and improving -- building your skills, learning new strategies, and ranking up on the single player ladder.

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Militia has achieved a Player Score of 85, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Chess games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 137 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 131 positive reviews and 6 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $5.99
Release Date 12/2/2015
Developer BrainGoodGames
Publisher BrainGoodGames
Steam App Id 421260

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8/31/2023
86
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86
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85
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85
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84
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84
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FPS Chess steam charts
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 21). Chessformer on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 17). Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 22). KNIGHTS on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 12). King of the Bridge on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Unlock The King on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 11). Chess Evolved Online on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Chess Survivors on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). Chessplosion on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Militia on Steam. Steam Store.

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