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Zugzwang

by Vanessa Jygon and Eleanor Jimmy

Episode 2 of Checkered Series
Fantasy
2024

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(based on 4 ratings)
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About the Story

In which our hero, alone and far from his native bone parlours, faces the final forces of the King of Ebony. Every step is a step closer to his end in Zugzwang.

Cover Art Created Using Bishop, Knight, Rook, King, Pawn, From The Font Awesome Free 5.2.0 Collection, Licensed Under The Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


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Entrant - ParserComp 2024

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Fantasy chess battles in miniature, July 10, 2024
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

**Zugzwang** by Vanessa Jygon, Eleanor Jimmy

This game was compact and fun. It feature a plus-sign shaped map. Movement is N/E/S/W, but instead of having to return to the middle square, the direction you type takes you directly to that quadrant of the map.

This is a chess-based powerup game. You are a pawn, and all your enemies represent chess characters as well. You learn attacks from each enemy, and can try those attacks on other enemies.

The descriptions were well-done and interesting. The combat was fun at first, but I eventually began flinging everything I had at the enemies, as I had difficulty seeing the logic behind which attacks worked and didn't realized at first that order matters.

This games has a secret, it's (Spoiler - click to show)connected to another game in the 2024 Parsercomp. Regarding that:

(Spoiler - click to show)The game is made by the authors of 19 Once. Both games have very similar mechanics and can be solved in a similar way. After beating 19 Once, you can unlock a special command for Zugzwang, and vice versa. The special commentary for Zugzwang makes it much better, giving you that vibe of a friend group that likes each other but has a tenuous hold, with some being grating or weird but you stick with them for now.

Very fun concept.

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Dichroitic Multistratum , July 1, 2024

A piebald perigrination mediately, and intermediately, atween the aforeward tale of intercommuning adolescents. Rummish and odd-ceited, indubitably, but more expansional than on initial examination.

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