Pawnbarian blends roguelike dungeon crawling with Chess and CCG elements as you lay cards that allow you to move in the same manner as their corresponding Chess piece while attempting to clear out monster-filled dungeons.
Each level in Pawnbarian takes place on a 5×5 chequered board which you move around by using different Chess piece cards. You are allowed to move twice per turn, during which you need to try and dispatch enemies and try to avoid leaving your character sat on any squares with red crossharis on them. As you make your way through the dungeons towards the final boss fight you’ll come across different types of enemeis with differetn tyoes of attacks – most deadly of which are the Lovecraftian tentacle monsters that can damage you even after they’ve been destroyed.
There’s no tutorial so it takes a couple of goes to get the hang of Pawnbarian, but once you do it’s an addictive and cerebral dungeon crawler. Each move you take is essentially a unique Chess puzzle that requires a bit of thought as you attempt to dispatch enemies while avoiding damage. A clever little dungeon crawler that makes great use of its Chess-based game world.
Controls: Mouse – Point & Click
Available On: All Browsers
Gameplay Video: Here