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Battle Chess

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Battle Chess
Battle Chess cover
Interplay Entertainment
Windows 3.x Silicon & Synapse[1]
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
DOS 1988
Windows 3.x 1991
Mac OS (Classic) 1991
Windows (DOSBox) October 14, 2008[2]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 26, 2012[3]
Linux (DOSBox) November 14, 2017[4]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Top-down view
Genres Chess
Themes Medieval
Series Battle Chess
Battle Chess on HowLongToBeat
Battle Chess on IGDB
Battle Chess guide on StrategyWiki
Battle Chess on MobyGames
Battle Chess on Wikipedia
Battle Chess
Battle Chess 1988
Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess 1991
Battle Chess 4000 1992
Battle Chess: Game of Kings 2015


The Windows 3.x version of this game does not work on 64-bit versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).

Battle Chess is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and top-down view chess game in the Battle Chess series.

General information

Official developer site Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
No disk copy protection.
Windows 3.x
Mac OS
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]
macOS (OS X)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
macOS (OS X)

DOS Version differences

There are two releases of the DOS version, the first version was a 16-colour only version. The re-release contains both the 16 colour and a 256-colour version.

  • The 16-colour version supports all video adapters, but only up to 16-colours.
  • The 16-colour version supports Tandy sound if run on a Tandy 1000 computer.
  • The 16-colour version requires a minimum of DOS 2.0 or 2.1 with 512KB RAM
  • The 256-colour version supports only MCGA/VGA video adapters
  • The 256-colour version requires a minimum of DOS 3.1 with 640KB RAM

Note: Some boxes indicate a minimum of DOS 2.0 and other indicate 2.1. The only difference between 2.0 and 2.1 is that 2.1 adds support for the IBM PCjr. Likewise a Tandy 1000 would require at least the special Tandy OEM release of MS-DOS 2.11.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
Only in the Micron Electronics DOS version.[6]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, CGA Composite, EGA, VGA Use the /COMP parameter to play in a CGA mode optimized for composite cable output.
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using winevdm.
Mac OS (Classic)

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 8080 / 8086
System memory (RAM) 512 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Optional support for Mouse
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
These are general system requirements, the game will run on almost any hardware.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
These are general system requirements, the game will run on almost any hardware.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).