With 5D Chess, you can watch in several dimensions • Eurogamer.net


I’ll be honest, regular 2D chess was already enough to make my brain sizzle – but apparently it wasn’t hard enough because someone made 5D chess.

Released last week by Conor Petersen and Thunkspace, 5D Chess claims to be “the very first chess variant with spatial, temporal and parallel dimensions”. There are multiverse time travel, branching timelines, parallel dimensions – all of which seem more appropriate for Dr. Who than for the average human.

Early reviews from Steam and YouTube argued that it is actually closer to 4D chess, as the game has two physical axes and two time axes (“height” is not interactive). The MariAurum explainer below finally helped me understand the four axes: there are your regular physical x and y axes (left, right, up and down on a traditional chessboard), and then there are your axes. temporal, the one representing “time” (as in the past and the future of a board), and the second representing parallel dimensions.

According to an explanatory published by Thunkspace, coins have specific rules for how they can move in time and space. Pawns, for example, can only jump in the timeline “in the direction they can normally move on their board”, while towers can “time travel to any board as long as they are in position. they currently occupy is not taken, but they cannot move during the time while traveling “. Simple.

While researching this article, I also found out that three-dimensional chess is actually a thing
and not just a turn of phrase (or some invented Star Trek game). The difference here is that the pieces can move in three physical dimensions, essentially with stackable boards. German chess master Lionel Kierseritzky created the first three-dimensional chess drawing in 1851 (via Geek & Miscellaneous).

Even if this all sounds too much for you, it’s at least worth reading some of Steam’s reviews for the sheer nonsense of how 5D chess plays out.

“I was playing a game against a human opponent online, and at one point they sent a queen back in time from one of the ten timelines currently in play to defeat five of my old kings at once.” , said TheSpookiestUser. “I sent one of my own pieces even further to stall, and they sent one of their queens back early in the game to try and beat me before I even got to this point.

“I was able to maneuver one of my bishops in the second most divergent timeline into position to capture the queen in the alternate present once we got back to this point and save the game (I ultimately won by checking out their king 5 turns in the past). This is an actual description of an actual game. ”

Steam user jolemo, meanwhile, noted that “there are few things in life more satisfying than being able to checkmate your opponent across time and space.” I managed to find a video of someone achieve a triple checkmate through several dimensions.

Although some user reviews have criticized the behavior of the AI, it is also possible to play online if you want to test your mettle against other equally confused players. You can try 5D chess on your own for a reduced price of £ 7.43 on Steam, until this offer ends on July 29. Unless you’ve also figured out real-time travel.


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