Take chess, scale back one aspect to solely the king, fill him with a horrible wrath, hand him a shotgun, then watch him go. That is Shotgun King, a roguelikelike turn-based shooter the place items (principally) transfer like chess items, solely our lone king has a shotgun. It would sound like a throwaway joke recreation however Shotgun King is an fascinating and enjoyable problem, particularly when your upgrades additionally bestow totally different buffs upon the opposing military. And it has a free early model so you possibly can have a go your self.
Shotgun King sees the black king deserted by his courtroom and even his queen, as a result of he was a jerk. He decides to leans into this, and units out delivering the deadliest checkmate throughout 12 ranges. The white aspect discipline most of a conventional chess military (although it will develop and alter), whilst you have solely your king and his royal shotgun.
Each chess piece has its conventional strikes (helpfully, you possibly can mouseover items for a reminder), although white will transfer a number of items every flip. And the black king, properly, every flip you possibly can transfer then empty his shotgun’s barrels. It has a selection arc and vary restrict, so your actions are about aiming in addition to avoiding checkmate. Seeing as you solely have to kill the white king, you may do properly to aim assassination relatively than clear the board—particularly as ammo regenerates solely slowly after expending your preliminary reserves. However slaughter can earn you ‘soul’ playing cards granting one single transfer as one other unit, and upgrades may offer you entire new strikes.
After every stage, you’ve gotten a alternative from two pairs of everlasting upgrades, however just one improve is for you—the opposite is for white. Your half of the choose may buff your shotgun with higher stats or further talents, or give your king new strikes equivalent to a magic wand raining injury or a ‘Taunting Hop’ which damages the white king while you bounce over a unit. On the opposite aspect, White’s half of the choose may let their pawns assault in all instructions, or exchange one bishop with two knights, or give common reinforcements, or… it is an fascinating resolution, shaping the builds of either side. I’ve typically prevented nice upgrades for myself as a result of the flipside was too sturdy for white.
Whereas I do know little about chess, perhaps that helps right here. As a result of I’ve few preconceptions of what items ‘ought to’ do, I am not thrown once they acquire the flexibility to behave in unusual new methods. Sure, it’s good, truly, that I am unaware of one of many world’s most honored video games.
Indie duo Punkcake Délicieux initially made Shotgun King in below 72 hours for the Ludum Dare 50 recreation jam, the place it was declared the general winner. Emboldened by its success, they took a number of weeks to broaden and polish it for a paid model, Shotgun King: The Last Checkmate. That has introduced a brand new story mode, stability tweaks, a makeover, and new items and weapons and issues. However you possibly can nonetheless obtain the preliminary recreation jam model without cost, as a demo of kinds to see for those who like the fundamental concept.
Shotgun King: The Last Checkmate is accessible now on Itch.io DRM-free for $6. The unique jam model continues to be free to obtain from that web page too. The Last Checkmate is because of land on Steam in Might, and the devs say they’re going to give Steam keys to people who personal it on Itch. It is also out there as the present reward on Punkcake Délicieux’s Patreon, which prices £3/€3 a month.
However I do want it would not present me the story intro once more each single time I open the sport.