Pawnbarian is a unique blend of chess and a dungeon crawler, where players control a lone Pawnbarian, a pawn with the ability to morph into other chess pieces. Set within various dungeon environments, the game requires strategic maneuvering to defeat enemies, avoid traps, and make your way to the exit.
The gameplay is grid-based, with each move corresponding to a chess piece’s abilities. Depending on the situation, the player can morph the Pawnbarian into a knight to make L-shaped moves, a rook for straight-line movement, or a bishop for diagonal attacks. The player must use these abilities strategically to defeat enemies and navigate the dungeon.
The game increases in complexity as you progress, introducing tougher enemies, intricate levels, and limited morphing abilities. The player can also collect power-ups and new morph abilities throughout the levels. Pawnbarian combines the strategic depth of chess with the exciting elements of a dungeon crawler, making for a unique and engaging gaming experience.