What It Is
ChekChek is a new board game that is a variation on Chess with a little bit of Checkers thrown in and a spinner to add a level of randomness. The set-up on the board is exactly like Chess with pawns, rooks, knights, bishops, and queens. Instead of a king, you have a jester. The object is not to capture the jester but to take all your opponent's pieces off the board. The pieces move in the traditional way of Chess pieces, and they capture pieces in the same way. That's about where the similarity to Chess ends. If you land on a jester space, you spin the spinner and follow the action that you land on. This can be anything from losing a turn, losing a piece, turning your piece into a queen, or flipping the game board around so that you're now playing with your opponent's pieces. Whenever a piece gets to the other side of the board, it becomes a queen, which is similar to making a king in Checkers.
The game comes with a game board, 36 Chess pieces, a spinner, a QuickRule card that tells you what everything means on the spinner, and an instruction sheet. The game is for two players.
Why It’s Fun
ChekChek is more of a chance-based game than it is like Chess or Checkers. For anyone serious about learning Chess, this game won't do it. However, if you're a fan of chance-based games, ChekChek is engaging.
Who It’s For
ChekChek is for ages 6 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
The game is fun by itself, but other than the way the pieces move, this is not even remotely like Chess. For instance, it's impossible to create any strategy or to think several moves ahead, essential components of Chess.