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A 30 Second, 16-Player Version of Chess You Can Play For Free

Bennett Foddy's Speed Chess is not actually chess. It looks like chess and the pieces make chess moves, but it is the exact opposite of chess. And now you can play it, totally for free with up to 15 other people!


Bennett Foddy (creator of QWOP and Super Pole Riders) originally made this game for NYU's No Quarter exhibition last year. Up to 16 players take the role of various chess pieces, moving at the exact same time with no turns. Games are lightning fast, confusing, and motivated almost purely by impulse.


We sat down with Bennett Foddy at NYU a few years ago. Here is our interview:

You can also see a single game in action here, courtesy of our friend Brandon Boyer:

Bennett Foddy's Speed Chess is free to download here (I hope you have a bunch of controllers). You can follow Bennett on twitter here.

To contact the author of this post, write to chrisperson (at) Kotaku dot com or find him on Twitter at @papapishu.

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I think I saw something similar to this on a website about 11 years ago. It was called Kung Fu Chess, and let you move pieces as much as you wanted, heedless of turns. Only two players, though. Anyone else remember it?