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The Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess

DOS - 1993

Also available on: Windows 3.x

Alt name Star Wars Chess
Year 1993
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Strategy
Theme Board / Party Game, Chess, Licensed Title, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher Software Toolworks, Inc., The
Developer Software Toolworks, Inc., The
Dosbox support Fully supported on current version
4.11 / 5 - 174 votes

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Star Wars Chess is a lackluster animated chess game similar to Interplay's Battle Chess. The SEGA CD version of the game, released a year later, is better known and better-sold than this rare PC version.

Each traditional chess piece (king, rook, pawn, and so on) is represented by a character from the Star Wars movies. In addition, when one piece captures another, the game zooms in to the board, and you are treated to a small battle animation. If you don't know how to play chess, don't expect Star Wars Chess to teach you. Not too worry, though-- the AI in the game is pretty bad, which more than makes up for the lack of tutorial mode.

The chess pieces are represented as follows:

  • Kings - Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine
  • Queens - Princess Leia and Darth Vader
  • Bishops - C-3PO and Boba Fett (Chewbacca sets Boba Fett on fire)
  • Knights - Chewbacca and Tusken raider
  • Rooks - Yoda and AT-ST
  • Pawns - R2-D2 and stormtrooper

If you get tired of playing with Star Wars characters, you can switch to a 2D mode with traditional pieces. As the review at makes clear: "...[when] it comes down to it, chess is chess, no matter what the pieces look like or what fancy animation accompanies it. But chess fans and Star Wars fans alike will probably be turned off by the awkward perspective of the chess board and the long load times that bog down gameplay. The animations themselves are rather violent and sort of creepy [e.g. R2-D2 gives Darth Vader laser shocks, Chewbacca sets Boba Fett on fire, etc], but if you turn them off, all you are left with is a slow, bare-bones computer chess game. A good alternative is to turn off the game altogether."

Recommended only to fill up the collection of die-hard Star Wars fans who must own every Star Wars-related game on the planet (I'm looking at you here Sytass ;)).

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

it's shit 2024-02-10 0 point DOS version

it was shit then and it's still shit now. I had to check to make sure but yes. it's shit

Joe Mama 2022-02-10 2 points

If you're running this under DOSBox, be sure to speed it up with Cntl-F12 a lot because otherwise it tends to run pretty slow.

123nobb 2022-01-25 0 point

I cannot download it

Pricefighter1 2021-09-14 1 point

I remember this game on my computer when I was a kid and I loved it

Kristoffer 2021-07-01 0 point

Hello it only ca e to the death star loading screen. Nothing happened afterwards

Haraldabaoth 2020-08-07 0 point

Seems like a fun game

Rock 2020-02-26 -2 points

If I play Star Wars Chess, it want to click with the mouse but I play with the phone I cannot play that. I'm so sorry

Cu123 2020-01-09 1 point

I renamed the file to "swc". When i open the emulator i type and says ilegal command, what i need to do.

Scott 2019-06-26 0 point

The windows version is easy to play. It works on XP. I don't know about newer windows versions.

Im2cool4FaZe 2017-05-29 -2 points

When I downloaded this, it changed some LST files to .txt (RESCOURCE.LST.txt). All you have to do is delete the .txt extension, and voila, it should work.

Honest Guy 2016-12-21 4 points

This is shit

cheesdown 2016-12-09 -4 points

You may try use Allavsoft to download Star Wars Video to MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV, AVI.

ZackSonic 2016-05-10 0 point

I Must Try This

Joseph 2015-12-24 0 point

I was exactly looking for this only

tyktony 2015-06-14 -5 points DOS version

how can i play it in XP?

SWC Addict 2014-12-16 1 point DOS version

I used to play this game a lot back in 1998. I use Windows 7, 64bit. It won't work on a 64bit architecture.

2 options to make it work....
1. Best Option. VMWare an install of a Windows 32 OS (XP, 2000 or Win98). Run the game in that environment.

2. DOSBox. Google the website. It works using DOSBox, but it is not like playing it in a Windows environment. The battle animations suck to watch in DOS. Motion is really bad. You need to left click and hit Enter on the piece then again on the square (both click and Enter) you want to move the piece to.

The latter means takes forever to play a game.

Shutch: Fantastic game. Too bad more like these were never developed. It was a diamond in the rough.

SHutch 2014-11-22 1 point DOS version

Awesome that this can be enjoyed still...I was the producer on this at Toolworks. The big selling feature was 72 unique animated capture sequences. We were trying to up Battle Chess at the time which had 36 sequnces (Blk takes Wht ____piece, and vice versa was the same) in our each was different. Good times!

stangel 2014-05-15 -5 points DOS version

Can't get it to install on a windows 7
Any one can give me some guidance?

leo 2014-04-18 -3 points DOS version

star wars chess

last hope 2014-03-30 -2 points DOS version

I am the best

Brandon 2014-03-03 -3 points DOS version

The version is completely incompatible with windows 8

morkayfi 2014-01-10 0 point DOS version

veamos que tal esta

lelleleo 2013-06-12 1 point DOS version

I have been looking for this for so long!

milan 2013-02-05 -1 point DOS version

when i fire game black screen show and then game shuts :(

Licurg 2012-04-27 2 points DOS version

Excellent, one of my favorites.

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