"How about a nice game of Chess ... Weaponised?"
PC 64-bit, DirectX 11, 1920x1080.
A two-player online (choose an opponent from your Steam friends list) Chess, in an edgeless landscape called "Kingland", with upgrades. You can choose to play a traditional game of Chess (choose landscape size "Chess"), or enhanced Chess in one of nine million procedurally-generated landscapes. Koins can be collected, to purchase reinforcements, and bombs retrieved, to toss at the enemy! Cheese can be picked up to replenish pieces' energy levels. You can use one Rook to build board square paths across empty landscape, and two corner Rooks to enclose and fill rectangular areas, to claim territory and "magically mine", or "pop-up", goodies from Kingland. You can move your King inside a Rook to beat a hasty retreat. Knights can perform a double move (two of the standard moves in one). Etc.
The game is not officially early release, but please do not assume that means no further development will occur. Please see the Facebook page for current and future additions. If you don't like something, or have suggestions you would like to see, or the game does not function correctly on your particular machine or graphics card, please email me first, rather than instantly posting a negative review. In the case of bugs, please include a screenshot where possible.
You may notice, I haven't specified minimum hardware requirements. Apologies. Me is very, very software, but not at all hardware, so I dunno. Hopefully it helps if I list my PC's specs ?-)
Acer Predator G5900
Intel Core i5 CPU 650 @ 3.2 GHz
8GB DDR3 RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 340
HOW TO START A GAME
First, both players (Steam friends) must be running Kingdom to start a game. Whomever is to be player One, and thus have the first move in the game, then does this:
1) press PLAY button at screen top-left
2) choose a landscape number and type: click on a digit's top half to increase it, or bottom to decrease
2) select the pre-arranged opponent from your Steam friends list, and press PLAY to send the invitation
Meanwhile, back at the player TWO ranch:
1) you will receive the invitation, thus press the TICK button to accept it
Next, the selected landscape will be terraformed. This will take a little while, but the result will be cached to hard-drive, for instant future playing (eg: when load a saved game). The game comes with "000000" Chess, Standard and Big landscapes pre-saved.
And ... "We're in ... Kingland!"
There are four landscape sizes:
1) Chess (no enhanced game options are enabled - only flat terrain permitted)
There are three landscape terrains:
There are one million initial seed numbers for the procedurally-generated landscapes.
Thus this gives 9 million different landscape permutations (for playing King-Dom), and one million very similar Chess boards (for playing standard Chess).
DURING THE GAME
Simpy point at the center of the base of a piece, and LMB to select it, then point at a valid board square to perform a move (green cursor).
You can press the RMB, and move the mouse, to rotate the camera, and the mouse wheel zooms in and out of your selected piece.
Keys 'Z' and 'X' can be used to cycle through your pieces.
The save game button at screen center right is available when it is your move, and obviously causes both player's machines to save the current state of play.
At the screen lower right is a "Draw" button which causes the battle to be declared a draw if both players have pressed it.
The screen lower center shows camera direction and angle buttons, when you are not in the shop.
The rest of the details here pertain to (enhanced) King-Dom, not (traditional) Chess ...
To build a straight line of board squares using your selected Rook, just point at where the final board square of your intended path would be, and press LMB to build it. Or you can use two Rooks, one on each opposite corner of an enclosed rectangle of board squares (maximum size 32x32), to fill the inner area with board squares, by pointing at where any of those squares would be. Rooks can build only once per move, and as the squares magically fall from the night sky, they might randomly "pop-up" goodies from out of Kingland. Building board will also mark your territory, with silver or gold squares. These cannot be used by your opponent's pieces, except in the case of a Knight performing a double move.
If your selected piece has any bombs, point at an empty board square to toss it there (red cursor). Bombs can be tossed over more squares when tossing from a higher to a lower altitude. Press "B" to toggle your Bomb-O-Scope! Pieces caught in a bomb blast will have their energy reduced. Energy is replenished by collecting cheese from the board.
Your King can move to the same square as one of your Rooks to enter it, by pointing at the Rook's board square. To exit, simply attempt to move the Rook one square diagonally.
Knights can perform a double move (two of the standard moves in one).
Purchased pawns can move one square in any direction, and can only take an opponent piece when moving diagonally.
The board also contains Koins (Silver 500 and Gold 1000 K - Kurrency), and during your move, you can enter the shop using the trolley button at the left of the screen.
In the shop, you can select your desired piece, if affordable, and then you should press on an empty board square next to your king, to purchase the reinforcement piece, and place it next to its leader.
Z = select previous piece
X = select next piece
B = Bomb-O-Scope on/off
F1 = if Chess (not King-Dom) change view between selected piece and board center
F2 = if Chess (not King-Dom) camera buttons on / off
F3 = anti-aliasing on/off
F4 = low visibility mode on/off (low runs faster)
Whilst the development is obviously still ongoing, the game is fully-playable, with load and save game options. I do not have a 4K monitor, ergo do not at present know how it looks upon one (polite feedback please!) The current game resolution is 1920 x 1080. Your suggestions for the evolution of Kingland are craved - please see the email address below - and I have more I'll be adding in coming weeks.
The Facebook page lists the planned additions to the game ... please consider liking it ?-)
The email address for suggestions/bugs ... is listed but apparently not allowed here.
Infinite thank yous !-)
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
Broadband Internet connection
440 MB available space
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system