If you’re craving turn-based strategy games or roguelike deck builders, you should closely check out the deep strategy indie game Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate, which was released by Punkcake Délicieux on May 12, 2022.
Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is a casual turn-based strategy game that is an over-the-top version of chess with some deck-building elements. The game presents itself with characters and card designs.
At the start, knights, bishops, pawns, and queens all move as you would expect them to, and your main goal is to outmaneuver the opponent to take out the enemy king with your shotgun.
Moreover, as a hero, Black King on the board, you have to overcome 12 flaws of turn-based combat and escalating difficulty to reach and defeat your opponent. Between each fly, you will be chosen from one of two cards that will give you a buff, such as enhancing your firepower, and a pair of debuffs, such as making pawns move faster. On top of that, killing a knight, bishop, rook, or queen allows you to use spirit cards that allow you to act as them for a turn!
Also, you’re able to store the swords of pieces you’ve killed, allowing you to access their movement styles for one round. It’s worth mentioning that trying out new builds across successive play-throughs, especially when you unlock an endless mode, really adds to the replayability.
Since ammo is limited, you need to watch your bullets to avoid getting cornered with an empty shotgun! That’s why the game has some nice UI elements that allow you to see speed, health, and movement patterns. But most importantly, thinking management is a crucial skill to succeed in Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate. This will be great for those times when players are worried about a king and have to get out of a bad situation.
When it comes to the soundtrack, we can say that the repetitive soundtrack adds to the intense gameplay despite the sound effects being basic.
At its core, for those who want an endless chess experience with firearms, Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate seems like an amazing game with mechanics, sound, visual effects, and gameplay that takes between 20 and 30 minutes for a single round.
Before we end this overview, if you want to receive a deep and unique strategy game, this new entry is now available on Steam and Itch.io. Don’t forget to add Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate to your wishlist on Steam!