Okay, so this may seem a bit off topic, but I was exploring old chess games for some inspiration. While this didn’t inspire me that much, it certainly was interesting to play Laser Chess, a DOS game circa 1994.


The premise of the game is simple. There are 18 pieces per side, most of which are able to move in a similar fashion to regular chess pieces. However, unlike chess pieces, you don’t capture the enemy pieces. Instead, you maneuver your pieces into place, and then fire a beam from your laser cannon.

Each piece appears to have some unique attribute as to what happens to the laser beam. It also matters which way your piece is facing. Think of a series of beams, reflectors, splitters, and prisms. The beam gets redirected off of your pieces, and possibly your opponents pieces, until it comes in contact with something that is not reflective, split, or pass through. Then it obliterates that object.

And I thought Fischer Random was hard. This game is insane.

If you want to try it out, download DosBox, and head over to the dos games section of my GitLab miscellaneous files folder. Good luck!

Linux – keep it simple.

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