Kriegspiel 9+

A game of strategy & territory

Alexander Galloway

    • 4.6 • 36 Ratings
    • Free



Inspired by the military theory of Carl von Clausewitz and the European war campaigns of Napoleon, Kriegspiel is a chess-variant played by two opposing players on a 20 x 25 game board. Capture the enemy's Arsenals to win. Deploy your Lines of Communication to keep friendly units in contact. Block enemy lines for strategic advantage.

"The surprises of this Kriegspiel seem to be inexhaustible," wrote French Situationist Guy Debord. In Debord's view the game represents the totality of factors at play in wartime maneuvers, what he called "the dialectic of all conflicts."

-- Play 2P online against another player
-- Play 2P in person on the same device
-- Practice against the computer
-- Level editor for customizing formations
-- Language support for French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, and English

Kriegspiel is produced and maintained by Alexander R. Galloway. The game is noncommercial. There are no in-app purchases. No advertisements. No Patreon. No GoFundMe. No monetization of player data. There is literally no possible way to take your money.

What’s New

Version 1.19

Fixed bug in AI for players using iOS v17.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

perebite ,

Always heard of this mythical game

I learned about the Game of War back in college while studying DeBord and the Situationists and was super interested in trying it out some day. The game itself seemed so complex and talk of coefficients, but the way it was talked about: “ I [DeBord] played this game, and in the often difficult conduct of my life drew a few lessons from it — setting rules for my life, and abiding by them.” So the fact that this exists in such an accessible format with so much help and with so much further potential and transparency at this current moment is truly special. I am very excited to sink my teeth further into this and introduce it to my friends!

Developer Response ,

thank you! yes it was a challenge to find the right balance between playability and transparency around the game mechanic. but auto-calculating the combat arithmetic makes for a much more playable game i think, even if it's not "original" to Debord's version. (same for drawing the lines of communication - in the offline version you have to imagine the lines in your mind's eye. but much harder to play that way.)

TheDudeAbided ,

The Classic Strategy Boardgame.

Great UI, if only every tablet game were this clean and uncluttered!
Players simulate Napoleonic tactics with cavalry, infantry, and artillery. No dice. it’s somewhere between chess/shogi and an entry level wargame. It really teaches you the importance of combined arms tactics, and even more so the importance of keeping open clean lines of command back to your HQ.… units that’s are out of command become easy prey for the enemy.

It’s very clean and intuitive gameplay, but deep. The AI is fairly weak, and playing it you will feel like Napoleon versus the Austrians, but it’s good enough to teach you the basics.

If I had one request to the developer, it would be nice if we had a couple of alternate maps to play on, although I realize getting one just right must take a lot of work. Also, the tutorial could use some explanation of retreat.

VanTheArchon ,

Still learning, enjoying a lot!

I have been really enjoying this game and learning the mechanics. So far I have only played the computer as I don’t usually have time for an online. I really wish there was more difficult AI to play against! I’m also trying to convince my friends to play this with me.

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