Pawns! (for iPad and iPhone)

Put on your thinking cap and save the pawns!

Show the pawns safely to their goal. Pick up keys, dodge checkers, and avoid capture by enemy pieces. The pawns are counting on you!

More screenshots below!


  • Over 50 puzzles (9 tutorial) – play them in any order
  • Award-winning gameplay
  • No time limit- rewind each puzzle as many times as you need
  • *NEW* Earn 14 Achievements, including Knight’s Tour, 100 Pawns, and Grandmaster
  • *NEW* OpenFeint and Game Center support
  • Runs on any iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (iOS 3 or higher)
  • Supports retina display

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this chess? I’m not much of a chess player.
A: No. It’s a puzzle game that happens to involve chess pieces. If you know how the little horsey moves, then you are ready to play Pawns!

Q: What will this run on?
A: This is a universal app that will run on any iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. It supports iPhone and iPod retina displays. It requires iOS 3 or greater.

Q: What award did Pawns win, anyway?
A: The original Pawns was for Mac and Windows. It won 2nd place in the OMG (“Original Mac Games”) contest. But the new iPhone/iPad version is much better! Ask me why.

Q: Um, okay. Why is Pawns for iPhone better than the original Mac/Windows version?
A: This new version has more puzzles, difficulty ratings, achievements, more chess pieces, better graphics, touch interface, and other improvements. It’s more fun!

iPad Screenshots

iPhone Screenshots

Pawns for iPad/iPhone News

  • New Pawns Feature: Slow-Mo Button November 3, 2017
    Still working on the re-release of Pawns! for iOS. A lot of it is tweaking small details, but one new feature is worth mentioning. Multiple captures can be difficult to follow. Now the player can touch the new “turtle” button to see the action in slow motion. It’s so handy that I realize I should have ...
  • Working on a New Version of Pawns August 6, 2017
    The new version of Pawns for iOS will be a 64-bit app, support larger screens, and include new puzzles and other features.
  • Pawns for iOS out of commission September 20, 2014
    Sorry to report that iOS 8 seems to have broken Pawns, at least on my iPad. I decided it would be best to take it down from the iTunes store. I hope to fix it at some point (and add support for larger screens) but I don’t have an ETA.
  • Pawns updated.. a couple months ago August 4, 2012
    I forgot to mention here that Pawns was updated back in May. The main change was to remove OpenFeint– I blogged about the reasons for this decision earlier. But I also fixed some graphics glitches that were bothering me. And the keys glow now, making them stand out better on small displays.
  • 22 Pawns Grandmasters! April 7, 2012
    I just had a look, and I see that 22 people have now earned the Grandmaster achievement (that is, they have solved all the puzzles.) Congratulations! (If you solved the puzzles but were not logged into OpenFeint, then you are not included in that total. But congratulations to you too!)