Modern Abstract Spotlight: Chameleon by Logy Games
If you’re a fan of light chess variants and unique components, you’ll love Chameleon by Logy Games. Mitsuo Yamamoto is the designer behind the game and the company which produces these hand-made ceramic sets. At its core, Chameleon is a small chess game reduced to the movements of kings, knights and bishops. Every piece has a “nature” and can always move one space any direction like a king. The “nature” is essentially the middle color of each piece (black or white). This determines if a piece can move like a knight or bishop depending on what square it’s on.
The variable moves can be summed up with the following:
If the piece’s nature matches the square color, it moves like a bishop.
If the piece’s nature doesn’t match the square, it moves like a knight.
The goal is to either capture all your opponents pieces or move one of your pieces to the other side of the board without being captured on the next move.
I would highly recommend it to any fans of simple abstract strategy games. If you want to give it a try, it’s pretty easy to make your own version.
Here is also a print and play image that was made available on the Kickstarter campaign page.