A simple, cute retro version of classic Chess made in Pico-8. Full implementation of the Chess rules(*) with a juicy interface and some basic AI to play against. Created as part of the Chess Jam 2018. Lexaloffle thread is here.

* Note: Game will not recognize draw by Threefold repetition


  • You might need to click the window to gain focus
  • Use the cursor keys to move the cursor
  • Use the X, M or V  key to select
  • Use the Z, M or C key to cancel


Published May 01, 2018
Made withPICO-8
Tags8-Bit, Chess, Cute, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro, Turn-based Strategy

Development log


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its to smart >:(

As someone who only plays a game of chess every now and then, this jam submission was a real challenge for me - the A.I. didn't feel so basic at all. :D It's always impressive for me, what's possible with PICO-8. The entire UI felt pretty slick, the pixel art is lovely, a high amount of polish is in there. <3 That's why I wrote a little recommendation article about your game on our blog and also uploaded a video, where I tried to win a round... ... ...Of course I had to re-do 'some' of my turns, cough cough. Great work!

Best wishes,


Thank you for the recommendation! I had a blast watching your game too. <3


There is no game here. Just a screen telling me to go to a website. So going by the "game" that exists here on itch: 0/10 keep that bullshit on kongregate.

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That's weird. How are you playing the game? Did you bring it up in the Browser or by some other means? Can you post a screenshot?
Edit: Nevermind, I think I figured it out. Game was interacting weirdly with the Itch.io App. Uploaded a new Version that should fix this. Be sure to click on Update in the App.


It's a relief knowing that you weren't being scummy and it was just a bug. Your patch worked and the game is just as excellent as when I first played it on the pico-8 website. 0/5 -> 5/5 we're doing it live

Simple but fun.Nice work!

Great game!

Very good! Cute and the animation and sonds are spot on!

Love it! Feels and plays so smooth :) 

Great game! Good job :D