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Star Wars Chess, also known by its full title The Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess, is a 1993 PC and Sega CD chess video game.

Opening crawlEdit

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

It is a time of great competition
in the Galaxy. An uneasy state of
peace has been established
between the weakened forces of
the Galactic Empire and the
growing Rebel Alliance.

During this uncertain period of
truce, the old adversaries settle
their differences through the
ancient, eternal game of CHESS.

With their greatest heroes as
champions, the Empire and the
Rebels fight battles of the mind.

It is a new kind of warfare. One
that will decide the fate of
planets, civilizations and the
future...

GameplayEdit

The game is heavily inspired by Battle Chess, a popular PC chess game of the era. The characters appear in the places of normal chessmen on an isometric view of a Star-Wars-themed chessboard, with the black pieces portrayed by "The Dark Side" (Empire-affiliated and antagonistic characters) and the white pieces portrayed by "The Rebel Force" (Rebellion-affiliated characters.) The rules of normal chess apply.

When one piece captures another in a chess move, the screen fades to a brief animated battle in which the capturing piece vanquishes the captured one, in an over-the-top cartoonishly-animated style.

The game can also be played in standard computer-chess mode, with normal chessmen icons on a 2D board, without the battle animations.

ChessmenEdit

The characters portray their chessmen as follows:

The Dark SideEdit

The Rebel ForceEdit

BattlesEdit

A scripted battle is shown when one piece takes another.

White Pawn (R2-D2)Edit

  • Takes Pawn - The Stormtrooper takes several shots at R2-D2 and misses. R2 extends a small mirror from his body, which the Stormtrooper shoots. The blaster beam reflects off the mirror and hits the stormtrooper, killing him.
  • Takes Knight - The Tusken Raider strikes R2-D2 with his Gaderffii stick. R2 extends a claw from his body and grabs the stick, and sends a jolt of electricity through it to zap the Raider into a pile of ash.
  • Takes Rook - The AT-ST takes a few shots at R2-D2, but they bounce off. R2 makes his way behind the AT-ST, and extends a claw to place a small bomb on the back of its "head." The AT-ST explodes, leaving a pair of still-standing legs behind.
  • Takes Bishop - Boba Fett blasts at R2-D2, but the blasts are ineffective. Boba Fett produces a thermal detonator, but before he can use it R2 extends a claw and grabs him, thrashing him about before throwing him to the ground just as the detonator detonates, leaving a pile of ash behind.
  • Takes Queen - Darth Vader slashes at R2 with his lightsaber. R2 dodges the slash and, with a claw, grabs the lightsaber away from Vader. R2 strikes Vader down, who disappears in a flash leaving his cloak behind.,
  • Takes King (Checkmate) - Palpatine blasts R2 with force lightning. After the jolt, R2 fires back at Palpatine with a cloud of gas. Palpatine chokes on the gas, coughing furiously, and keels over.

White Knight (Chewbacca)Edit

  • Takes Pawn - The Stormtrooper blasts Chewbacca in the shoulder, making him drop his bowcaster. Chewie, infuriated, grabs the Stormtrooper and thrashes him around above his head for a bit before throwing him to the ground and stomping on his lifeless body..
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook - Chewie pounces on the AT-ST, riding it like a bucking bronco until he tears open its "head" and throws the contents aside. The AT-ST explodes into a heap of parts as Chewie hops off. A large tube descends from above, and vaccuums up the destroyed AT-ST.
  • Takes Bishop - Boba Fett takes a swing at Chewie, but Chewie grabs his arm and spins him around. Chewie shoots at his jetpack, setting it on fire, and watches as Boba spins around like a pinwheel before exploding firework-style.
  • Takes Queen - Vader swings his lightsaber at Chewie, who ducks out of the way a number of times before getting off a close shot with his bowcaster, sending the bolt through Vader's abdomen. Vader, impaled, collapses to the floor.
  • Takes King (Checkmate) - Palpatine grabs Chewie and shocks him with force lightning. Chewie escapes the hold and throws Palpatine off the floating platform on which they were fighting.

White Rook (Yoda)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

White Bishop (C-3PO)Edit

  • Takes Pawn - The Stormtrooper blasts C-3PO's hand off. 3PO bends down to receive his hand from the floor as the Stormtrooper approches, and as 3PO stands up stright his head bashes the Stormtrooper's helmet and knocks him out cold.
  • Takes Knight - The Tusken Raider strikes at C-3PO with his gaderffi stick, but it clangs harmlessly against 3PO's body. The impact wobbles the Raider and he drops his weapon. 3PO starts to pick up the stick as the Raider lunges toward him, inadvertently impaling himself on his own weapon. 3PO shrugs.
  • Takes Rook - The AT-ST fires at 3PO, who wildly dodges until he is struck and falls to the ground at the AT-ST's feet. The AT-ST trips over 3PO, and shatters to pieces. The large tube descends from above and vacuums up the destroyed AT-ST parts, and 3PO as well, but stops before 3PO is vaccuumed up. 3PO drops to a standing position, none the worse for wear.
  • Takes Bishop - Boba Fett fires his blaster at C-3PO, who angrily grabs it away from him. "Don't you know how dangerous those can be?" scolds 3PO before accidentally dropping the blaster, which goes off as it hits the floor and shoots Boba Fett dead.
  • Takes Queen - Vader swings his saber and slices off 3PO's left arm. 3PO bends down to retrieve it, dodging another swing of Vader's saber, and as he brings his severed arm up it knocks Vader's saber away. As Vader bends to retrieve his saber, 3PO knocks him over the head with his severed arm. 3PO kicks at Vader's body, now unresponsive, and noisily screws his arm back into place.
  • Takes King (Checkmate) - Palpatine blasts 3PO with force lightning, which makes the droid flail wildly but otherwise leaves him unharmed after. Palpatine blasts him again with the same result, but then the circular plate at 3PO's stomach area bounces forward on a long spring and hits Palpatine in the head, knocking him out. "This is very irregular," shrugs 3PO.

White Queen (Princess Leia)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

White King (Luke Skywalker)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

Black Pawn (Stormtrooper)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

Black Knight (Tusken Raider)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

Black Rook (AT-ST)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

Black Bishop (Boba Fett)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

Black Queen (Darth Vader)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

Black King (Palpatine)Edit

  • Takes Pawn -
  • Takes Knight -
  • Takes Rook -
  • Takes Bishop -
  • Takes Queen -
  • Takes King (Checkmate) -

AppearancesEdit

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Organizations and titles

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Notes and referencesEdit

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