Indie roguelike Shotgun King takes chess and adds hot lead and a grudge


Shotgun King seems deceptively simple and silly on the surface: take the king from the so-called game of kings and replace his armies with a boomstick. The funny premise belies a supremely addictive turn-based roguelike, one of the best to come around in a while.

The chessboard’s black king has managed to alienate every piece in his army, driving them to switch sides. With no other option, he picks up a Royal Shotgun and swears bloody revenge on the white king and his turncoat subjects.