Chessplode is – as its name might suggest – chess with explosions. The big bangs (well, cartoonish pops) occur when you take a piece. At that moment, everything in the piece’s line or column is vaporized – unless a king happens to be lurking there. Then, you just get a boring old chess capture.

As you might imagine, this lobs every conventional chess strategy out of the window. There are oddball initial board layouts as well, meaning you must effectively relearn the game in order to win.

Of all of the free Android games that rethink chess, this is the most successful. You get a bunch of predefined challenges to try, real-time multiplayer battles, and a level editor for making your own boards – although you’re only allowed to share one when you can prove it’s possible to beat!


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