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The king is having a huge birthday celebration! Five days of dancing, festivals, and drinking, culminating in a grand masquerade ball. It just so happens that Rivian Varrison, the introverted son of a famous nobleman, is forced to attend this giant event by his father. By chance, or maybe something more deliberate, he runs into a host of colorful and shady characters, all with their own stories to tell. 

But when a sudden and mysterious crime happens on the second day of the celebration, Rivian finds himself thrown into the middle of it, and has to discover the truth behind what really happened -- and who the people around him really are.


  • Genres: Mystery, BL/yaoi, comedy, fantasy
  • ~125,000 words (12+ hours gameplay)
  • 3 BxB romance options (+1 side romance!)
  • 9 endings
  • 30+ CGs
  • Full English Voice Acting
  • 1080p HD resolution
  • PG-13 and R-18 versions

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What's a visual novel?

A visual novel is a game with little traditional "gameplay." The player reads text on the screen, accompanied by visuals and audio, and follows through a set story. However, they can make choices to determine the story's route and the ending. Think of it as a choose-your-own-adventure book, except in a game (and with art and sound!).

What's a BL game?

A BL game is a boy's love game - a game that focuses on a gay relationship between two males.

What will this game be rated/how do the ratings work?

We are releasing both PG-13 and R-18 versions. The PG-13 has no NSFW content, while the R-18 version contains explicit scenes. 

How do I install the R-18 patch?

Instructions are included in a .txt file inside the patch zipped folder! Just drag and drop the contents into your "game" folder, located inside you extracted COB to.


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $17.49 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

[Full Game][PG-13][Windows/Linux] Chess of Blades 857 MB
Version 2
[Full Game][PG-13][Mac] Chess of Blades 841 MB
Version 3
[Full Game w/VA][PG-13][Android] Chess of Blades 673 MB
Version 4
[Full Game][R-18][PC] Chess of Blades 900 MB
Version 3
[Full Game][R-18][Mac] Chess of Blades 884 MB
Version 4
[Full Game w/VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades 933 MB
Version 2
[Full Game w/ no VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades 678 MB
Version 1

Also available on

Download demo

[Patch] Chess of Blades R-18 Patch [RAR] 64 MB
[Patch] Chess of Blades R-18 Patch [ZIP] 69 MB
[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Windows/Linux] 279 MB
Version 1
[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Mac] 263 MB
Version 6
[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Android] 268 MB
Version 2

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because I don’t see the in instructions

hey I got the game on steam and got the R-18 game but I need a little help to download the R-18 game I have windows, if u can show me that would be helpful 

Hello! I was wondering if there's a way to get the R18 version on my phone?


Will you ever make more routes


No, the game is complete as is :)

Hey, I purchased the game on steam, is there a way for me to get the android version? 

Love your work btw :)

The Android version is only available through an itch.io purchase or through a Google Play purchase (not recommended, only censored version available).

Hey! Just want to say i'm a big fan and played almost all of your games! I recently bought COB on steam and am trying to install the R18 patch but none of the instructions actually line up with my steam files.

 I've linked pictures to explain.

When I click COB -> Properties -> Local files -> Browse local files, this is what comes up. As you can see, there is no 'game' folder, only the icon to run the actual game. 

I have also gone into my Mac folder for COB but there is no 'Autorun' folder that contains the 'game' folder within the 'Resources' folder. 

As you can see, there is only an icon within the 'resources' folder, no 'autorun' folder. I attempted to place the patch in the folder regardless and it didn't work.

I also attempted to place it within the 'macOS' folder and it also didn't work. If you could advise me what to do and how to install the patch, I would be so so so grateful! 

Thanks for making these amazing games and regardless of the patch working or not, you have a forever fan of your content in me!

For Mac, you'll need to "Show Package Contents" of the game. Screenshots below are for Red Embrace, but the same applies to CoB.




Thank you!

I paid for this game but I can't get it to play

Can you provide more details on the issue?

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Hello there!

I bought your game in the google play store and just learned afterwards that there's an +18 version available as well. Is it possible to unlock it in the game I already bought, or do I have to buy the whole game again on Steam to get the +18 version?

Thanks for your amazing work!




You would need to purchase the game again if you want the 18+ content, either here or through Steam. Purchasing through Steam will not provide an Android version.

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Hi! I don't really know how to install the 18+ patch. I don't think anything is wrong I'm just not to good with working with computers ;_; so if there is like a guide that I could follow to download the patch that would be great. 


There should be instructions in README.txt included in the patch zip/rar file.

Hi  I am new here.  I bought the game from steam a few years back (learning of r18 only two days ago) and then on this website I downloaded the R18 patch that was under demo since I could not find it else where.  It works but I cannot go to Sabre's route and I did try guided route from the internet.  Can I please get some advice?  

Did you try skipping through the game from the beginning with the correct choices?


I forgot to do ardens route first. Since I downloaded the game onto a new laptop.  Thank you for your reply and guides.  I love your games. 

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Paid for this Full Game w/VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades version just end up like demo... android user wasted



Can you elaborate what the bug is? Does the game end at the demo even though it is supposed to be the full version?

Are you working on anything new? I'm seriously obsessed with all of your works!

Yes! We just launched a Kickstarter for our latest project: Self-Checkout Unlimited (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/argentgames/self-checkout-unlimited-a-3d-ma...).

Actually, that game sounds like it would be super amazing to play! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Thanks! If you get a chance, we hope you'll check out the demo and share the project with your friends :)

OwO I'm new here so, is the R18 patch available on Android or is it already in the game? I just wanna ask to be sure.

The R18 patch is already in-game in the Android version available from here.

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I love this game so much it was so much fun and the art and everything was great. I wish their was a route for Alistair or Silas that would be the best, but it was still really good even though it didn't have them as options. It would be the best if you could make routes for them, if you wanted to that is. I'm sure that sense more people know about it you could get more people to help if you need it and I'm sure they would love to help you if you needed it. Thank you so much for the game it was wonderful.

I brought the full package, but somehow I can not start the R-18 patch. Could you please help me with this litte problem? I play the game on steam. 

Thank you :)

What part are you having difficulty with? Finding the folder to place the files in? What operating system are you using (Windows/Mac/Linux)?

I use Windows 10 Home, and I don't find the folder to place it in the files.

Sorry I forgot to write it.

Right click on the game in your Steam library, then go to Browse local files. You'll find the "game" folder there and should be able to follow the rest of the instructions in the patch.

Hello I want to ask you something 

I already download in on google play and buy the packet can I apply the R-18 patch

Hello, you cannot apply the R18 patch to Android/mobile versions. The patch only works for PC versions.

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I keep dying on like the second day of the game and I don't know how to make it stop. Just "Good night" and then title screen. Please help DX

Edit:  I cant get past the demo it seems. I'm playing on a windows, and downloaded the 18+ full game. I'm providing a picture of what I downloaded. 

You may have to start from the beginning with your choices to avoid the death ending. There's a guide available here.

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Hello! I realize that the Android install instructions for the game are explained, but I'm having issues following through. I've tried asking the internet for help but can't manage to figure out how to do each step, and was hoping anyone could at least gimmie a push the right direction? Much thanks!

Hello! We've updated the instructions for installing the Android version. You'll need to unzip the file after downloading it to your phone. You might need to search the Play store for an app that can unzip files. Then, if only one file (.apk) appears, clicking it should lead you to installation instructions. If two files appear, try to follow the installation instructions.

A bit expensive but looks pretty nice

Hello, I have some questions to ask:

1) If I buy the game on steam can I apply the R18 patch?

2) Are the sex scenes voiced in the patch? 

I have to buy the game on here to get voiced sex scenes?

1) Yes, you can apply R18 patch to the game purchased on Steam. Itch has a convenient build that already includes the R18 scenes.

2) Yes.


Played this with a friend, and honestly thinking of buying this just to have myself! Lin was my favorite, but Sabre's nsfw art and scene was... oh my. XD <3333

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Hi, this game is really great. The voice actor is good too. I just want to suggest something, a slightly chubby or stocky dateable character maybe for your other games? Since I like that type of character but its only a suggestion tho. Other than that, keep up with a bunch great game.

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Hi! The Sabre route is not working for me. I tried both the R-18 pc version and the PG-13 w/ R-18 patch. I found a route guide online and it appears I'm not getting one of the choice scenes I'm missing is required, it's just skipping it completely. Was this route discontinued or changed?

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Hello, the route was not changed. Can you send us an email (contact@argentgames.co) with more details on the missing choice scene? Have you already completed Arden's route?


this is the most expensive game i've seen on itch.io, why so expensive? it had better be well worth it if i'm paying more than $10 for a game on itch.io because most games here are not worth more than  $5 even so if u are charging $25 then the game better be one of the best of it's genre ever imo (i'm not buy if u couldn't tell $25 is way too much for an 18+ visual novel, maybe if the price goes below $10 i will think about it)

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I am having the darndest time trying to install the r-18 patch. Full game was bought with steam key.  I am not too computer savy, is there any guide on how to find the file and install it? I clicked on the above and it showed it downloaded but where do I go from there?  I cannot seem to find the READ ME tzt file and unzipping didn't seem to work. :(  I wish that you made this more user friendly.  Can you implement the download from steam itself in the future?

Ps Love the game so far :)

Hello, more detailed instructions can be found here.

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Hi, I think your game chess of blades is really cool the art and the storyline is amazing butt... everytime  I open it it has a traceback stating that the background png for day 2 (the festival thing after you talk to Linnaeus) doesn't exist..... ( this is for the demo)

Hi, We've updated the build to address that bug, thanks! That is also the end of the demo. 

Oh, thanx but I'm really curious which one of these games is your first?

In order of game release:

I just finished this and it was beyond fabulous. The art, the story, the twists and turns, I love it beyond measure. Rivian is such a kitten, I'm sad to leave him behind but I've seen all the content now. 

Will there be a sequel in the future? I'd purchase it for certain, Rivian Varrison has my heart well and truly, as does every one of his suitors. <3

Thanks! We hope you'll check out (and enjoy!) some of our other games :)

We don't have plans for a sequel at the time.

I Seen that you Recently removed the R-18 rating from android devices. Is there a reson you can talk about it openly? I just got a new phone and wanted to play through it again. And on the subject of that Will the android not get a R-18 version when Red Embrace Hollywood comes out?


Looks like it was hidden by mistake. It should be visible again for download (but do let us know if anything is broken/crashes)! It will be receiving an optimization update in the future.

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Will most definitely do.  Thank you! Been wanting to replay through everything for awhile now.  New phone is plenty good excuse now XD 

Did the R-18 patch get removed for some reason?  I am looking at the screenshots of where it is supposed to be and I'm not seeing it here.  Or am I just blind or crazy? 

We still see it: 

Thanks!  I figured out what happened (I think).  I don't see the patches when I open this page with IE.  I went to Chrome and the patches were sitting right there waiting for me.  Very bizarre!  Thanks again for making me keep looking!  :-)

А будет ли игра переведена на русский? А то я, и море моих знакомых, друзей, жаждут поиграть, но от покупки удерживает не знание языка. А сама игра визуально безумно понравилась) 

We're certainly considering it.

Sea of friends? How many do you really mean? 

so without stating any spoilers, I have now finished playing the full r18 version (played regular on my phone a long time ago) and got all the acheivements seen all 9 endings (though I do agree that the bad endings feel sort of like a game over but still got them). I went through my gallery in extras and realized I'm missing the first image in the other tab. I was wondering if you could tell me what to do to go about getting that or give a hint as don't need all the answers just really wondered what the image is of and i like completing games 

The first image in the OTHER tab should be the intro CG (the scene at the  very beginning of the game). Does it say   LOCKED or  is the game crashing when you try to view it? (Or any other  problem?)

Ah. I assumed it would have to be a beginning scene. weird that it says locked still as I did see it. Maybe cause I clicked fast as played before. I'll start a new game and see if it pops in if don't click to fast. I'll let you know if I get it to work. Thanks for the reply. 

Are you still looking for writers? I'd dearly love to apply if it's something that can be done from home. I've worked in Ren'Py before and I'm 21. 🙂

We are indeed. Please feel free to submit information! https://argentgames.co/jobs/#writers

Argent Games question for you. Who is your favorite love route?


I love your game but I do have a question after playing through 3 stories. Would it be safe to assume that Rivian and Franz is more canon due to the nature of the game and characters?

Nope, no route is more canon than the other!

I purchased the game on Steam and I was looking for the 18R Patch but I honestly don't see the download link for the patch. Am I missing something on the page?

It should be in the download demos section (http://prntscr.com/mjwaxt)

Absolutely loved this game. Played until I got the happy ending for my preferred love interest (Arden) and now playing on just to see all the possibilities. But I have to admit, I'm kinda sad I can't have more Arden content now. I've unlocked all of his graphics in the gallery, I've bought the art book (which I recommend, it has both additional gorgeous graphics AND some cute/funny BTS stuff) and now I want more Arden content but don't know whether there is any to be found or, if there is any, where. Please advise? Thank you!

So I bought the game again form itch.io and I can't manage to download it on my S9+. Like after I download it and play and then save my things then later open it, it says error and unable to open. And when I press download there is only one file.

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I have a question of who are the characters that have a route and how many for each and how many are there altogether.

From what I've seen so far, the main love interests are Arden, Franz and Linnaeus. I've seen 4 out of 9 possible endings, so my guess by the ones I've seen is that you have a good and bad ending for each of the love interests, plus 3 that are different (because one of the four I've seen was an ending that had little to do with any of the love interests). There's also a side romance, but I haven't unlocked it yet, so can't report on its contents...

Hello there ! I have a little problem. I played this game on my samsung s9 and bought all the routes. Unfortunately, I don't know what to do now. I just finished the route with franz. I would now like to play the route from Arden, but unfortunately I don't know how to do it. Please reply this comment :(

Hello, please play through the beginning again and make different choices. Depending on which choices you make, you'll automatically be placed on Arden's (or another character's) route.

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