Chess of Blades

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a game by Argent Games
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 9.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Eroge Games, Lewd Games, Visual Novel
Chess of Blades
Chess of Blades
Chess of Blades
Chess of Blades

You may think that Chess of Blades is some kind of lewd chess game, but that is not the case at all. It is a BL visual novel game and one that is full of mystery, murder, and intrigue! I was so into this game that I went down a rabbit hole of reading as much about it as I could. If you love your visual novel games to have a real mystery to them then this is one of the best you will play.

The Biggest Birthday Celebration

The plot of the game takes place during an epic celebration that the King is throwing. Most people have a birthday party that lasts a day, but this King is throwing a shindig that is lasting for five days. The main character in Chess of Blades is called Rivian. Rivian is a laidback kind of guy who usually stays away from large events such as this. His dad is a high-ranking individual who insists that Rivian attend.

Rivian attends the party and on the second day something bad happens and as a result, Rivian finds himself in the middle of a sinister plot that he must solve before it is too late. The story in this game is awesome, I am a sucker for a good mystery and the mystery (well mysteries) that is on offer here is great.

What Case To Solve?

While there are four love interests for you to pursue in Chess of Blades what I liked about this was not that you had a different character to try and get with, but the whole mystery completely changes. Arden is a member of the royal guard and his route sees a daughter of one of the maids kidnapped. Franz is a nice Nobel and his route involves a murder and one of Rivian’s family is blamed for it! Linnaeus is a grand inquisitor and this route has a kidnapping and a murder. The last one is a bonus route that is about a pit fighter called Sabre which is the same story as the Arden one, but from a different point of view.

The gameplay of Chess of Blades is about you reading the story and choosing the right response. Trying to solve each case is what you are working towards and it is a lot of fun playing a detective. Each story had more than enough unique elements that I wanted to see them all, plus in total there are 9 endings so there is a lot to keep you coming back in this game.

Look At Him, What Did He Say?

The presentation on offer here is remarkable. The visuals are spectacular and the art style they have gone for in my opinion sits somewhere between Final Fantasy and Fire Emblem. Each character has their own unique personality and while they all look different, this game features voice acting which helps bring them to life even more.

The voice acting is very well done and I cannot think of a single performance that I did not like. Even the music is very well done and fitting for the story.

9.5

I went into Chess of Blades expecting to like it, but I was even more impressed than I thought I would be. While this is a “lewd” game, I have to be honest and say that it was the stories and the characters that kept me invested. Each route feels like a mystery that could be a movie or a TV show and I was fully invested when it came to solving each one. As well as great writing, the presentation from the art to the voice acting is amazing. I have not played a visual novel that managed to get its hooks into me like this one did in quite some time.

Pros:

  • The game is like a mystery movie/novel that you are in the middle of
  • Many interesting characters to talk to
  • Each case feels unique and special
  • The game looks like an anime movie
  • It has some of the best voice acting I have heard in a visual novel game

Cons:

  • It is lacking a bit in terms of animation
  • The “extra” case that you have to solve is a little shorter than the rest

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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