Knight Defense is what happens when chess gets the Pac-Man Championship Edition treatment. Sure, it looks like chess, but with an almost completely changed rule set (how completely changed? Keep reading.) and a hyper modern presentation, it feels new. And it feels great.
The biggest difference is the goal of the game. Instead of trying to capture your opponent’s king, all you need to do is protect yours. But that’s easier said than done. Enemies come at you in waves and you’ll need to position your own pieces so as to keep your king safe. It’s a lot like a tower defense game. As you kill off enemies you’ll earn points that can be used to upgrade your pieces. And, as with chess, each type of piece has its own unique abilities. This includes not only how they can move but also their special abilities, which come in the form of explosive attacks or temporary shields.
Each stage provides a different puzzle to solve. You’re given pieces to use and enemies come out of specific places on the board, but the strategy is up to you. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a remixed classic without bright, glowing graphics and thumping electronic music. This is what chess looks like during a rave.
Jan 21, 2011