Chess Jam: Pico Checkmate

“Pico Checkmate” by Krystian Majewski.

“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. […] * Note: Game will not recognize draw by Threefold repetition[.]”

If you are just up for a little round of chess, then “Pico Checkmate” may be exactly your thing. The ‘basic’ AI can be challenging for amateur players, but the game is pretty forgiving, because you can re-do as many turns as you like. That way you can better analyze your own strategy and possible mistakes, what led to a small learning effect in my own case.

What I particularly liked about the game was the fact that the opponent takes quite a long time for some more complex moves. This way one gets rather the impression that one actually plays against someone instead of something. A great little game made with PICO-8. >>PLAY