KnightVision Pawner in the Media

The 12th Women's World Champion and mother of a five year old

KnightVision now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. <--- Cool game for kids who start chess!

— Alexandra Kosteniuk (@chessqueen) February 21, 2013 software review

CNet CNet

KnightVision is a fantastic game, sure to capture the imagination of anyone who has ever obsessed over the game of kings.

KnightVision is simple. The game starts and you are given a board with one knight and one pawn. Your job is to move the Knight however many times are necessary to take the pawn. At first it seems needlessly simple, but as you progress, there will be more pawns on the board and more complicated procedures to capture them all. With time it becomes quite an engaging puzzler. You can customize your puzzles as well, swapping out your Knight for other pieces like the Queen or Bishop, turning on Zombie mode (new pawns appear on the board as you play) or turning off piece moves and warnings so you have to figure it out on your own.

The game's design is simple yet elegant... The graphics are slick and bright and the options are accessible and easy to change... If you enjoy chess and puzzle games or simply want to learn more about how each piece works, this is a must-download - especially at a price point of Free. More at CNet...

Black and White Chess Magazine

Knight Vision: Free App to Improve Piece Movement…

— black & white (@bandwindia) February 18, 2013

London Time Chess Columnist

RELEASE: KnightVision challenges chess players' knightvisualization skills.

— times chess (@Times_Chess) February 18, 2013

Nationally recognized Chess Trainer

Practice your board vision with knights? Check out new tool Knight Vision at… and let me know how you like it?! #chess

— Dan Heisman (@danheisman) December 14, 2012

Chess Training and Publishing Application Suite

The KnightVision Chess mobile apps do not currently include a Chess Game PGN Viewer but it is in our future plans.

KnightVision PGN Viewer has been a top publishing tool since 2008 displaying chess games millions of times to web surfers throughout the world and we have now published our first chess related mobile application. Our mobile applications support both Android and Apple devices and our plans include producing a suite of chess training and publishing products. Our first mobile application is KnightVision Pawner.

KnightVision Pawner

KnightVision Pawner is a free, fun and exciting chess based game that can be enjoyed by chess players and non-chess players alike. Play your chess piece against an array of enemy pawns and capture them all without getting captured or running out of time! The levels of play range from the simplest possible to highly complicated puzzles. In Zombie mode, new pawns keep coming!

Free download from Apple: Apple

Free download from Google: Google

Free download from Amazon: Amazon

In KnightVision Pawner you can "choose your weapon" and use any piece: Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen, or King against the pawn army!

The Knight is the most difficult chess piece for beginners to learn. Even experienced players may need deep thought to figure out a path that will move the Knight to a desired square. KnightVision Pawner is designed to help chess beginners and advanced players improve their play.

KnightVision Pawner: Introduction

KnightVision Pawner: Playing with a Bishop and QuickChange


How to play

Capture the pawns with your piece without getting captured by a pawn and before running out of time (in timed modes only). To move your piece just touch the square to move to. To capture a pawn just touch the pawn to capture. If it is a valid chess move your piece will make the move. Initially, your primary piece is a Knight but you can change that in the settings to Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen or King. Some of the higher levels can only be won by using a Knight for at least part of the play.

Unlike in chess, the pawns never move in this game except a pawn will always capture your piece if it can!

Quick Change

You may change the current piece to a Knight by a long press on your piece on the chess board. This will let you switch back and forth between your current primary piece and a Knight. If your current primary piece is a Knight this will have no effect.

Too Hard or Too Easy?

You can change the settings to make the game more or less challenging. Generally the default settings are the easiest except that the Queen is the easist piece for most people to use. You can change to a different primary piece if the Knight is giving you trouble. For easy play leave hints enabled and make sure Timed and Zombie modes are off.

For a tougher game turn off the hints. Turning on Timed mode increases the challenge. Advancing in levels increases the challenge. Turn on Zombie mode for the greatest challenge. Try to complete every level with a Knight in Timed mode. If you can do that, try to complete them all in Zombie mode.


Each level is scored independently. You receive 1000 points for successfully completing a level plus a bonus of 10 points per pawn captured. In timed mode you get a bonus of 50 points per second remaining at the end of the level. An additional bonus of 100 points is applied if hints (show piece moves and show warnings) are off. If you do not successfully capture all of the pawns in the level your score is zero.

Press the Scores button to see your high scores. There you can view your score card for each level, by mode and by primary piece. Completely filling up your score card is the ultimate Pawner challenge.


There are 64 levels or rounds of play. As the levels increase the number of pawns gradually increases. When you win on level 64 the pawns will do a dance for you. Make the pawns dance! When level 64 is completed, play will resume back at level one.


Settings lets you control the available options. You can also set the Primary Piece, Level, and Mode of play quickly from the Scores view. Just press and hold a cell in the scores table for the Piece, Level and Mode you want to play next.

How the pieces move

For visual clues on how the pieces move, enable the Show piece moves option. For similar help on how the pawns can capture your piece, enable the Show warnings option.

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