Rooks Keep

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“Deathmatch. Multiplayer & AI. Chess. Decapitation. "

Descend into a brutal tournament where factions of sinister knights and grotesque beasts battle for domination in bloody arena matches and furious melee brawls. Crush opponents with hammers and shields, rend flesh with razor sharp claws and slice off heads with swords and axes. In Rooks Keep, players will maim their competitors in both a selection of deathmatch-arena game-modes such as 'Deathmatch', 'Team-Deathmatch', 'Conversion', 'Chess', 'Last-Man-Standing' and 'Combat Chess'. Play solo, jump into multiplayer matches, or add AI opponents to squash under-foot in both single and multiplayer. We even support 3rd party Chess engines.

The game is set in a uniquely styled fantasy world, where factions battle ceaselessly for your entertainment.”


  • Arena gameplay

Players will enter into a variety of game-modes, such as Deathmatch, Last-Man-Standing and Conversion(kill enemies to convert them to your team), and battle across a variety of maps with many available options and mutators.

  • Melee combat

The focus of Rooks Keep is on the fantasy melee combat system, featuring quick and heavy attacks, parrying, blocking, dodging and special abilities and skills.

  • Chess

Players can play in both Classic Chess and the unusual Combat Chess mode, where players have the opportunity to fight to retain their place on the board if attacked.

  • AI/LAN/Online

Rooks Keep presents players with single-player solely against AI bots, LAN and online. Also supported are 3rd party Chess engines. Even hot-seat Chess is available.

  • Unreal & mod support

Built on the Unreal® Development Kit™, Rooks Keep both looks great and offers mod support. Players will be able to use the included UnrealEd tool to build their own maps and mods.

Customer reviews


A great game, with a dead community.

bungalox | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all bungalox's reviews »

If you can find someone to play with you, this is a fun and good looking game of Chess. There is also a mode called Battle Chess which adds another layer of depth, allowing pieces to actually fight their opponent instead of just being taken. If Chess isn't really your thing, they have death matches and other fast paced arena matches. If the community was more active I would recommend this game to people, however playing solo against AI is not challenging (Spamming moves can get you an easy win in Battle Chess). If you can get this cheap, I recommend buying two and giving one to a friend for a good night of chess.


Pretty, but who to play with?

mahon | July 25, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »

Visuals are among this game's biggest assets. It looks simply great and also plays nice, although it would be nothing new for players familiar with the genre. Still playing a visually appealing game is always a nice thing.

The problem with this game was already mentioned in lok0812's review - the game is still very new, so the community of players is very small. Finding real opponents wanting to play a game may be difficult so you may end up playing with bots. If this doesn't discourage you (and some people even prefer this style of gaming) or you want to wait for the community to grow, get the game, as it's a good representative of the arena genre.

If it's on sale - give it a try, even if you don't like fantasy combat games too much.


Arena based game

lok0812 | July 19, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

If you have played Chivalry or War of the Roses you will find this game very similar, the melee combat. Similar to the game mentioned, you play against other players/bots in a deathmatch using your melee skills with the system similar in Chivalry;s blocking and attacking. The visuals of the game is top notch and can definitely compete against Chivalry. Gameplay style remains the same to those game. One problem about games like this is its community, if there are no online community for the game, that is pretty much it as these sort of games are online deathmatch so if there are no one to play with you will be constantly playing against bots. Must give it a try if you enjoyed Chivalry or War of the Roses.