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Chess of Blades is an English BL (Boy's Love/Yaoi) Visual Novel developed by Argent Games. Check out our FAQ and send us an email at contact@argentgames.co with any questions/comments!

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Summary

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.


Features

  • 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




FAQ

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.

Published Feb 06, 2017
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android
Rating
(34)
AuthorArgent Games
GenreVisual Novel
Tags2D, Anime, Comedy, LGBT, Medieval, Mystery, Romance, Story Rich, yaoi
Average sessionA few hours
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilitySubtitles
LinksSteam, Twitter, Community, Steam, Patreon, Blog, Homepage

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Get this game and 1 more for $31.98 USD
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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $24.99 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
[Full Game][PG-13][Mac] Chess of Blades 841 MB
[Full Game w/VA][PG-13][Android] Chess of Blades 888 MB
[Full Game w/ no VA][PG-13][Android] Chess of Blades 634 MB
[Full Game][R-18][PC] Chess of Blades 900 MB
[Full Game][R-18][Mac] Chess of Blades 884 MB
[Full Game w/VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades 933 MB
[Full Game w/ no VA][R-18][Android] Chess of Blades 678 MB

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[Patch] Chess of Blades R-18 Patch 64 MB
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[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Windows] 306 MB
Version 5
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[Demo] Chess of Blades [Android] 196 MB
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[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Mac] 291 MB
Version 5
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[DEMO] Chess of Blades [Linux] 293 MB
Version 5

Development log

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Just finished all the routes of the game. It is a great game, I must say. I like the accent, and really love Rivian's voice. Thanks for the game.

I hadn't realized the version on google store isn't R18 until first play through. What a shame, can't afford to purchase again :(

Thanks for your feedback! <3 And if you purchased through Itch, you can download the Android version on your phone as well -- both the PG-13 and R-18 versions should be available! :)

I have a mac computer and tried to download the R-18 patch but it will not open.

Are you having difficulty unzipping the file? 

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Yes i have spent a few hours trying as many things i can but it will not open for anything i try and do.

Please try using The Unarchiver (https://theunarchiver.com/) to open the file. It should be able to open the .rar!

I have tried but i did it again just to make sure but it did not work.

If you send us an email (contact@argentgames.co), we can try sending you the files in another format.

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Just my first episode of the game and I'm already hooked. The soundtrack and the music are superb and the art style is consistent. I'll try writing more cohesive thoughts but I'd like to commend the production value put into this game!

Question about the android version. is it the PG version or the R version?
If it's the pg, is there a way to get the r version on android? (Kinda  own a shared computer and are nosey and doesn't know I'm gay so getting it on the pc is out of the question but I do want to buy it for the android)

There are separate PG and R18 android builds on itch ;) If you buy it through the google play store, you'll only get the PG version. 

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Ah sweet, thanks a bunch!

Oh my god i'm an idiot I just saw them.  Sorry to be a bother lol ><'

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Hello! First of all I must say your game looks absolutely amazing and I can't wait to play it! The only thing that's stopping me before that though is to know whether I should play the PG-13 version of the game first or if I should add the NSFW patch before starting the game for the first time.

I'm truly sorry if this is a question you already answered here or elsewhere but I wanted to know, are things different between the PG-13 version and 18- version? Like does each of them have different dialogues, different scenes, etc? Or does the NSFW just add more scenes and content to the PG-13 version?

I hope you don't mind my question and that you'll be able to answer it. (Also sorry for any spelling mistakes, English isn't my first language). Thank you in advance!

The two versions are the same aside from the NSFW scenes. Enjoy! 

Okay! :) Thank you so very much for your reply!

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Ah, I can't even begin to describe how happy I am to be able to play this game, finally! I was waiting for the full release for so long!

I've just finished Arden's route, and I loved it with all my heart! Can't wait to check out the other ones now. I may comment again once I'm done, but I wanted to share my thoughts right away, and ask a question or two. 


Of course, since I will be discussing elements from the game...

----------------SPOILERS AHEAD----------------

Well, first of, let me tell you I adore the story. Court intrigues have been made in visual novels before, but I believe this is the first BL game with a court intrigue as a central element, and it makes me happy since while I love otome games, I love BL games even more. I managed to figure out a few of the mystery's elements before Rivian, like Hazel's bloodline or the things about the secret passage, which is always satisfactory, too.

Also, the characters are all so cool - in Requiescence, I actually liked only one of the routes, because only one of the characters felt like a right romance option to me (not criticizing here, because Requiescence is one of the most memorable games I've played, a true inspiration source). Here, I feel like all the routes will have something to offer. I'm planning to playing Franz's now, and leaving Linnaeus for last, because he's my favorite "character type" out of the three.

As for the art, I like it a lot. In this case, I won't deny it's an improvement over Requiescence. Though, one thing bothered me - a little mistake, I believe. When Raphael (Rafael? Don't remember now) catches Riv and forces him to dance with him during the Masquerade, and he tears his mask in two in order for Riv to have half a mask... Well, when the CG comes up, they both have half a mask on the same side of  the face (their right side), wich wouldn't be possible if they both have half of the same mask. Yeah, not the most important CG of the route, but I felt like telling it anyway, if you want to update it at some point (though it might be difficult depending on how the illustrations were made, so yeah, maybe not worth it).

The music is gorgeous, and I'm so happy you inluded the possibility to listen to it in the extras! I'm a sucker for that kind of music haha!

Unfortunately, one more thing that I have to criticize is the menu and the saving options. I don't like the fact that the right mouse click doesn't bring up the menu.  I like to save at every choice so I can experiment, but here, I have to save aaaall the time, since I can't bring the menu up once I'm on choice screen, so I need to be prepared all the time. It's tedious and breaks a bit the immersion, because of all the interruptions in order to save. Also, the fact I need to click the "menu" option to bring the other task bar from where I can click on save to access the save menu is bothersome, because when I close the save menu the bar stays here, even when the regular dialogue box dissapears, so I have to click on the "menu" button again to make it dissapear. That, in addition to the saving all the time issue makes it extremely time consuming and irritating.



Now, as for the questions I had, they're about the endings.

I see the game page saying it has 9 endings, but does it include the premature ending if you fail to access any route when Riv hears whispers in the gardens and gets stabbed? And also, does it include the "game over" like ending you can get if you act instead of thinking, during the route's last choice? That last one would feel like a bad ending, but it didn't have any CG, credits or anything, so I'm wondering, since well, Requiescence endings were long, story driven and had CGs, so yeah... Besides, since the game has 3 romances and 9 endings, I assumed it would be 3 endings per character, but if the premature death ending is an actual ending, that wouldn't fit... Aaah, anyway, basically, what is considered ending in this game? And if the things I've mentionned are not actual endings, can I get a hint on how to get the other (presumably) two endings of a character, or what they are (like, affection driven things, depending on some specific choices, and so on)? Honestly, I'd like bad ending similar to Requiescence's (I mean, not necessarily the same kind of content, since the setting is very different here, but longer, more detailed and with CGs)


Anyway, sorry for the huuuuge comment you had to read.

I may have some critiques, but the game is awesome, and I'm really happy with it! Thank you!

Hi, I just wanted to mention I had the same problem with the saving, but accidentally found out you can bring it up with Esc.

Oh, that's nice to know - I'll be sure to test it out, though I've actually done all of the routes at this point, so I won't need it that much anymore haha

Yeah, me too. I found out on the last route because I got frustrated about the saving thing, and pressed a bunch of buttons in exasperation. Then I just stared at the screen for a second and cracked up at myself.

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I am so glad you brought up the premature death thing in the garden, because I thought maybe it was a glitch. It just booted me back to the start screen with no game over, no credits....I actually deleted the game and reinstalled it hahahah. I'd kind of like to know what's up with that too. It's literally why I'm back at the game's home page, actually. I was hoping that either someone found the same "glitch" or had an explanation....

Well, the game over like endings at the end of the routes are the same - they send you directly to the title screen. This isn't the first game I see that has credits only for the good endings, but because of that, I'm not really sure what can be considered a bad ending (and part of the 9 endings) and what is a mere game over.

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Ahhh I wish Silas was a romance option haha

Same! I was a little disappointed when I realized that he wasn't.

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How much is the level of the R18 content. Is there like full on nudity and sex depictions. or just descriptive wordplay and no nude CG art. Also since its fully voiced are any suggestive scenes voiced that are obvious that someone is playing porn games? (lol) I couldn't find info anywhere so could someone tell me please? Thank you.

There are CGs with nudity, descriptions, and voice.  Some scenes may be more obvious than others if played on speakers? 👀

Is the full game R18 out on android?

Not yet. There are some parts that still require some mobile optimization. When it is ready, we will upload it and make an announcement! Only the pg13 version will be available through the Google Play store due to store policies. 

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I love Kieran :D

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I've just finished playing through all the routes in this game and I must say I am thoroughly impressed by Chess of Blades!  I can tell your team has improved a lot since Requiescence particularly in the art and anatomy in the characters and backgrounds.  The voice acting was superb as well.  I love all of the character routes that it is hard for me to pick a favorite!  Well done and I am looking forward to more of your work you have in store!

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Hello. I just wanted to say that after game update my saves don't work. I have either error message or it simply redirects me to main menu. And after trying a new game skipping 'read text' doesn't work as if I did not already romanced those 3 hotties. Which I did and enjoyed it greatly so thank you for that.

On another note I just want to say I love your games. And the voice acting was amazing. So, so great. I think what surprised me the most is that I didn't predicted I will like Celeste character so much. Her VA is superb and match her perfectly. 
If you ever wanted to make a game in the same universe, count me in! I'm honestly curious about how many other side characters are in Cult haha.
And yeah please put Celeste in there :D

@Rinvee -- please send us an email at contact@argentgames.co, and we'll get your saves working again asap!

Thank you very much for the kind words as well ^^ Celeste's VA was awesome to work with!

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So I need help, please. I don´t seem to find that side romance. Could you give me a little hint?

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It's got something to do with the fighter, Sabre. And you would find that route if you're playing Arden's story. Hope that helps somewhat!!

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Thanks a lot, friend, I finally found it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

I hope it's ok to ask. May I know when this game will be available on Steam?

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We're just waiting on some actions from Steam admin before we are able to release it on Steam. Pray for a swift response from them XD 🙏

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So I just started playing, but oh boy Rivians voice is something majestic! Props to his voice actor, amazing job!

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For the last few days I have been using Paypal with no problem paying, I can't pay using Paypal only on Itch.io. I don't know why O_o

I'm dying to play and have waited months for your wonderful game ^w^ I really hope it will be available soon on Steam !

I appreciate all the hard work you've put in Requiesence, it was a masterpiece. So far there is no other BL games that left such a memory. Guys, I wish you all the success you deserve <3

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I'm so excited for this! If it's as good as Requiesence, I have no doubt it will be a hit! I'm really happy with what little I've played so far. Riv cracks me up!

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Are you going to create a walkthrough? (Or is there one that I have looked over)?

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We're planning on letting players create their own! There's one currently in progress by a user of our Discord channel that'll probably be done by the end of the week~