We're working on a chess game where the pieces react to one another with emotions! It's a fun and new way to learn chess.
We're working on a chess game where the pieces react to one another with emotions! It's a fun and new way to learn chess. Read more
About this project
Happy Chess is an emotive Chess game where pieces react to one another with every move. Each piece emotes based on its own individual situation adding to overall board readability and encouraging new players to learn this fantastic game!
- Emotive pieces
- Local & online play
- Cross-platform functionality
- Unlockable chess sets & rewards
- No pay-to-win, no pay walls
- No limit on games, no timers
- Puzzles & tools to teach the basics of chess
Happy Chess sets itself apart from other chess apps by providing key insight through emotive pieces. Each individual piece reacts to every move made during the match, so players can more easily evaluate the landscape of the board and respond to risks before they turn into costly mistakes.
Pieces sitting pretty? Their confident smiles let you know you’re making all the right moves. Got a piece that’s in trouble? Its terrified expression tells you that you'd better get out of danger!
With Happy Chess, the traditional rules of the game still apply. Rather than reinventing the rules, Happy Chess seeks to introduce the timeless game to a larger audience by enhancing board readability and adding greater context to each match. This makes it perfect for players of all ages and skill levels.
First time playing chess? No worries! Happy Chess's expressive pieces help you learn the basics of the game while identifying potential dangers and opportunities you might otherwise miss. Seasoned chess pro? You'll love the way our emotive pieces let you improve your speed of play and more easily anticipate moves to come.
Happy Chess shifts the focus from competition against faceless players to a game built around the power of community. Our user interface empowers players to express themselves through custom chess sets (more on that in a second) and engage with players of similar skill levels in the spirit of friendly competition.
After all, we believe that chess is more than just a game; it’s a way for players to communicate with one another. This ideology is at the heart of Happy Chess and at the core of its design.
Happy Chess is all about creating a personalized gameplay experience, right down to our chess sets. Unlike other chess apps, Happy Chess allows players to acquire and play a variety of custom sets against each other in classic match-ups like "Heaven vs Hell" or "Zombies vs Pirates".
Each new set can be unlocked by defeating players who've already unlocked them. This helps propagate new chess sets while encouraging players to challenge themselves and each other in our community.
We've already made over a dozen different sets, and we're constantly working on making more. Have any ideas on a set you'd like to see? Let us know! We're always looking for inspiration from the Happy Chess community.
Looking to improve your skill set in a non-competitive environment? Then you'll love Puzzle Mode, our offline feature that lets players learn the fundamentals of the game and challenge themselves through a series of fun, chess-based puzzles.
As fans of gaming, we hate pay walls, “pay to win” gimmicks and timer limitations, and we promise these will never be part of the Happy Chess experience. Each and every feature in our app can be unlocked simply by playing the game ... no funds required.
What we will have is a small banner ad at the bottom of the screen. This will help us pay for the servers to keep the game free of charge and running smoothly.
Ok, so you’ve heard us talk about how different Happy Chess is and how it’s going to improve your chess game. Well, here are the details, the down and dirty, of what makes Happy Chess so unique:
These are the core features that make Happy Chess work. All of these already exist in the game today.
- Emotive Pieces
- Cross-Platform Play
- Customized Chess Sets
- Local Play
- Puzzle Mode
- Try Things Out Mode
- Review Mode
- Player Browser
- Win/Loss Record Tracking
- "Your Move" Notifications
- In-Game Chat
- Play Unlimited Games At Once
Core Features Upon Release
The features listed here represent our vision for Happy Chess upon release.
- Enhanced Matchmaking
- XP/Gold Reward System
- Unlockable Chess Sets
- Friend Management
- In-Game Shop
- Game Setup Options
- Game History
- Player Progression Tracking
We want Happy Chess to be more than just a series of individual chess games being played on a server. Instead, we envision a true community of players coming together to express themselves through our game. These features are intended to further that idea.
- Manage Chess Sets to Play Online
- Customize Your Profile
- Win/Loss Quotes
- Versus Screen Quotes
- Friends Lists
Audio design is a critical part of the Happy Chess experience. With your help, we'll leverage state-of-the-art sound engineering to equip each set with thematic audio for an all-encompassing gameplay experience.
- Unique Audio For Every Chess Set
- Professional Quality Mastering
- Distinctive Audio Queues For All Events
- Short Musical Queues For Major Events
These features will enhance technical accessibility while helping new players transition to the game.
- Integration of Account Providers (Gamecenter, Facebook, etc.)
- Alternate Workflow for Newer Players
- Account Merging
The way the game performs is of the utmost importance to us. We aim to make it as viable on older devices as new ones. These enhancements will lead to improved framerates while reducing battery and data usage on mobile devices.
- Network Code Optimizations (Reduced data usage, faster matchmaking)
- Performance Optimizations (Improved framerate, reduced battery usage)
These features will be developed and implemented after our first release.
- Observer Mode (Allows players to broadcast live games)
- Alternate Game Modes (Such as assassin chess)
- Special Event Games
- Higher-Tier Games (Higher stakes and rewards)
- Local Leaderboards (See who is winning in your area)
- Daily/Weekly Challenges
Get to Know the Happy Chess Team
Happy Chess is 100% a group effort. We’ve all worked incredibly hard in our respective roles to bring you a final product that is polished and entertaining.
However, Happy Chess would not exist without the creative vision of our fearless (or fearful, depending on the day) leader, Maxx. Maxx learned the game of chess at a young age under the instruction of his father, and while he would never consider himself a master of the game, it is a constant presence in his life.
Maxx says, “To me, chess has always been the ideal representation of balance and replayability in gaming. The object of the game is simple, the rules easily understood. Every piece exists for a reason, and the starting position of the game is perfectly formulated to allow experimentation, risk-taking and reward. With Happy Chess, I want to make this classic game accessible to everyone, giving players a way to define their own risks and reap the rewards."
So here we are. Standing in front you, just a group of boys and girls, asking other boys and girls to support our project and spread the game of chess to a brand new audience.
We're using http://kickingitforward.org to help gain exposure.
Risks and challenges
While we've worked hard to prepare the game for release and don't anticipate any setbacks, please understand that Happy Chess is a work in progress, and we want it to be absolutely perfect for our users. After funding is complete, there is always the possibility of delays. Our promise is to maintain complete transparency on any setbacks if they occur. Should the game's release be delayed significantly, your reward will automatically increase to the next tier.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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