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Knight Saves Queen

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Clever, chess-based puzzler is a fun mental challenge.

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Though obviously not an improvement on chess, this puzzle game reconfigures that classic strategic board game into a unique and challenging puzzle game. In Knight Saves Queen, you play as a Knight -- er, rather, the Knight piece from a chess board -- who has to rescue the Queen by eliminating all of the enemies on the board, and then going to the Queen. But you and your enemies can only move as you do in chess. You, for instance, move in L-shape, while Pawns can only attack diagonally and downward, and Rooks only move in straight lines up and down. Though unlike in chess, you don't have an unlimited number of moves; run out, and the game is over. Though you also have to be mindful of how many moves you use to win, since using fewer rewards you with gold stars, as opposed to silver or bronze ones. Not surprisingly, this mental challenge, like other puzzle games, can get rather tricky. But while some might feel this gets frustrating too quickly, especially if they're used to puzzle games that don't get hard until level 35, people who enjoy the strategic thinking of chess and the problem solving of puzzle games will find Knight Saves Queen to be a jolly good time.

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