The Foolish King 4+

learn & play chess

Stour Publishing Ltd

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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The Foolish King - The Secret History of Chess

Long, long ago, when kings ruled the land, dragons filled the sky and magic still existed, two small children stumbled upon the game of chess. This is your chance to discover it with them . . . Join Pip and Holly on their magical fairy-tale adventure and become a chess master!

An interactive, smartly-designed, iPhone app that is the perfect introduction to chess for children and adults alike – ideal for children aged six and above.

Join The Foolish King chess league and play against others from anywhere in the world!

The app helps children and adults to learn chess with its ‘How To Play’ section, they can practice against the computer or their friend/parent and can join the world wide chess league! The chess league has a leaderboard showing results of chess games by age ranking as well as overall.

The app is part of the digital offering by The Foolish King - a magical fairy-tale storybook about the secret history of chess - written by Lord Price and brought vividly to life by Martin Brown, illustrator of the mega-selling Horrible Histories.


● Learn
○ Learn chess basics through ‘How To Play’ tutorials

● About the book
○ Hear from the author of the book
○ Find out about the iPad app and other places to find The Foolish King storybook.
● Play
○ Play ‘The Foolish King Live’ against anybody else in the world!
○ Play chess with the day and night creatures from the story
○ Play against the computer or your friend
○ Easy, medium and hard levels of the game available when playing vs computer
○ Help and prompts when playing vs computer

● World wide chess leaderboard
○ See who is top of the leaderboard and how you are doing against others

● Beautifully illustrated throughout

What’s New

Version 2.7.3

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Happy International Chess day!

We've made a few small updates and squished some bugs!

See you in the chess arena!

Over and out!

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Nlb4567 ,

Great app and really teaches you chess

This game has taught my kids (6 and 8) to play chess. They compete against each other as well as playing the live option to join the chess leagues.
Great app that teaches the traditional game!

Davidb 7 ,

Piece design confusing

Love the game idea and league
But is it possible the pieces can be slightly redesigned as we are finding the bishops , king and rooks fairly confusing in their design.
My son plays a fair bit of chess but it was confusing even for him
Other than that - brilliant - other tip would be a region ( as if two players are in different time Zones it might be good to know !)

Best chomper ,


Impressive app!
Great for kids and also people who love chess! Always people available to play in the live league which is rare on these types of chess apps.

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