DOS - 1989
Also released on: Mac - Windows 3.x - Amiga - Apple II - Apple IIgs - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - Sharp X68000
Description of Battle Chess
With Battle Chess, Interplay made the already awesome chess an exciting video game with live fights between pieces and nice graphics. Every battles between two given pieces are different, some of them are references to Monty Pynthon and the Holy Grail.
The game was released on many platform and some of them were given better artificial intelligence or features. The DOS version allowed to play against a fellow human with a null modem.
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Comments and reviews
concerned gog hater 2021-03-19 0 point
why is this game that was released in the 80s still for sale on steam AND gog
Bill1978 2019-03-24 0 point DOS version
Battle Chess is one of my favorite chess programs. Animations are very funny. Check out my video about it: https://youtu.be/TNUpiuXyMY0
i suck at chess 2017-09-30 3 points
This game taught me how to play chess. I remember how proud I felt when I beat the comp on the highest difficulty. Back then I felt like some chess genius. Recently, about 25 years later, I created an account on some online chess site and can't get over the 1200 rating in blitz. To add insult to injury, I have to read on the site's forums how 1500 rated players are "patzers". Sorry for the rant. Chess is hard.
alp 2017-02-01 3 points
I LOVED this game back in the day...I'm running Win 3.1 in Dosbox on a pi and SO FAR its run all the old Dos games better then Virtual box- thank you Youtube for showing me how to do it and THANK YOU the folks running this site!!
Blane666 2016-01-05 -2 points Mac version
I can't download the mac version. It's not in dmg format even though it says mac. I really loved this game and would love to play it again/
Hamada abd elmalk 2015-12-25 1 point
Although it is old but over the years I could not find better
Felix 2015-11-06 8 points DOS version
My game slows down alot, when i move my bishops. Anyone else got the same problem?
RyanKW 2015-06-02 11 points DOS version
My grandmother had a worthless Tandy 1000 when I was little. Well, worthless other than that it had BattleChess....which was effing awesome.
jojopeterjohn 2015-04-08 1 point DOS version
This is the BEST chess game I've ever played! Each piece has a special attack depending on what other piece it's attacking! That's 216 unique attacks! They also all have their own moving animations and sounds!
Charles 2015-01-03 0 point DOS version
I actully have the floppies (both 5 ¼ & 3 ½) I love this game
anon 2014-12-09 1 point DOS version
hey is there a copy of this game for a 1984 Macintosh computer on this website?
NOID 2014-10-25 0 point DOS version
This game looked really cool but i can't figure out how to move my pieces! The manual doesn't help either... wtvr i'll figure it out. I LOVE DOS GAMES!!
CLiMAX 2014-09-19 0 point DOS version
Check out the enhanced version:
bella 2014-08-23 1 point DOS version
love this game! use to watch my cousin play n i would get scared xP
Jdog 2014-07-26 0 point DOS version
Download includes the enhanced edition with the yellow chess board. Some moves freeze the game to a stand still for inexplicable reasons.
darKSIDER 2014-06-17 0 point DOS version
Cool game. The animations are waay coool but distracting, like I play only to see how they cut each other!
a_houstonian 2013-12-01 0 point DOS version
The game runs fine in DOSBOX on my Slackware Linux machine, either in window or full screen, the sound is fine as well.
If you end up with a gazillion toolbars and all kinds of crap you are probably using Internet Explorer. Get a real browser and protect yourself with AdBlocking add-ons and a good HOSTS file.
I have a slightly different version of Battle Chess that I think is better, the queen throws bolts of lightening, and the bishop makes a snickering sound when he kills. I think it's version 4.
EddieS 2013-10-24 0 point DOS version
File downloaded bit won't open nor are the docs recognised by Adobe.
File won't open to full screen without more downloads - too much hassle.
sh1thead 2013-10-20 0 point DOS version
How come I have to down load 40 tool bars and 35 zip extractors and my brand new computer needs to download better software to run a this 30 year old game. What a Fuken joke.
Zn 2013-07-27 0 point DOS version
You maybe want to try out the Commodore Amiga version of this game instead. Search the web for a disk image in ADF format and run the game using the WinUAE emulator. The Amiga version is more colorful (32 colors instead of just 16) and has better sound effects.
Windows 7 64 bit user 2013-06-24 0 point DOS version
Okay, I found out how to do it. Ignore my last post. I didn't realize there was a section for that on this site.
Windows 7 64 bit user 2013-06-24 0 point DOS version
My PC won't run the game. :(
I am running Windows 7 64 bit, and I get an error message saying that I need to run it in 32 bit. I don't know what to do! :(
Claude 2013-06-19 0 point DOS version
I play it in d-fend reloaded and i use the dosbox app to run this game. but suddenly it comes laggy, especially when the bishop take a move. Do you guys have the same problem and if yes, what's the the solution?
I love old games though i'm 16 years old.
somebody else 2013-02-13 0 point DOS version
"is it me or this game lags? i know its not my computer
especially after long range moves, or anything that is more than 1 square move really... it all started with bishop."
its probably your computer. XD
somebody 2013-02-03 1 point DOS version
is it me or this game lags? i know its not my computer
especially after long range moves, or anything that is more than 1 square move really... it all started with bishop.
manuel 2013-01-13 0 point DOS version
Is this only one player? I remeber it was possible to play two players
Djiango 2012-11-23 0 point DOS version
When I move my bishop the game slows down, and becomes unresponsive. Anyone else having this problem? As soon as the bishop has made it's animation the game works again. (Only when I move the bishop.)
win 3.1 2012-09-05 0 point DOS version
exist one program call "adosbox "u search that in google..its free and u can play all gamedos in android :) im play this battle chess..
win.3.1 2012-09-04 0 point DOS version
Hi nimu05..thank for ur help...im try find when have wireless in my samsung gio...i have lot roms in my mobile.... xD
nimu05 2012-08-26 0 point DOS version
Hi win, I also searched for the same... I found it.. Just search and download neslite.apk from google because it is removed from market ( don't know why). Install it inyour android mobile.. Then search for battlechess.nes from google and save in your sd card.Open NESlite and browse the game to open it.. Similarly you can download Mario bros.nes, contra.nes, etc..... Sorry for my bad English...
Win 3.1 2012-08-21 0 point DOS version
Old times do great games..im remember play that in floppy disk XD
the unique game are good like that it Battle vs Chess 2010(still im hate knights with head horse)...im try find this same battle chess 3d from 1992 if not mistake..if any know find pls send me mail email@example.com xD
1GreatScott 2011-08-28 0 point DOS version
I hope this plays as well as it did on my Amiga. The animations were exceptional for the time.
MilkoBlackWOlf 2011-07-11 1 point DOS version
AWSOME!! My dad used to play this a lot! I had so much fun watching the animations, and now i can finally practice on this classic!
The only bad thing is there's no sound x.x (using the suggested program for XP/Vista although im on 7) Any ideas on how to get some sound?
Wilson 2011-05-20 0 point DOS version
Es la mejor version de mis tiempos de Ajedress, gracias a ustedes pude reencontrar esa nostalgia que habia perdido
Zixlora 2011-01-05 0 point DOS version
I can't seem to play them. It keeps saying that my computer doesn't support full screen mode. This is the second game I've downloaded with this computer. I hope my desktop works. Any suggestions?
Digi 2010-11-22 0 point DOS version
My favorite animation is a knight takes knight move. Great 386x game, would play it just to see the 'executions'
JhaeJhae 2010-10-29 0 point DOS version
Game works in DosBox, though there is no sound, and it's a little glitchy.
Overall it's a classic game and well worth the download to play again!!
Curt716 2010-07-30 0 point DOS version
used to play this on my old 486 using Windows 3.1. wow makes me want to dust off that old machine and play some of these old classics. Good thing it still works!
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