Chess with a shotgun works better than you think. While it sounds absurd on paper, Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is a simple yet tightly designed roguelike strategy title that turns the measured, tactical board game into something novel and unique. However, just because you’re given a firearm, that doesn’t mean you can switch your brain off.
Playing as the black king, you face off against increasingly large armies of white pieces. On your turn, you can move, do nothing, or shoot, with the former two actions reloading your gun. The objective is to destroy the white king, but all pieces in play (including you) move as they normally do in chess. This means you can’t just plough through and blast the king away; enemies will often put you in check, and you’ll have to get out of it. Similarly, killing a piece might open up a path for a different one to take you, so you do need to pay attention to the whole board.
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