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This is a simple game of checkers with customizable options. The rules remain the same. Move each of your pieces diagonally and capture all of your opponent’s pieces.

  • Play against a friend or against a computer player.
  • Challenge yourself with even larger checker boards in custom mode.
  • Customize your pieces, if you want.

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Play Checkers Game for Kids Video Game Play Instructions

How to Play

Choose to play against a friend or the computer, then choose to go with a standard or custom board size & pick the piece design you wish to use. Lay strategically to force your opponent into bad moves and clear their board of checkers before they capture all of your checkers.

  • Starting the Game
    • On the welcome screen, select a game mode to begin.
    • Select the gear button on the top right corner to open the following options:
      • Speaker button: Turn the game’s audio on or off.
      • Enlarge button: Switch between windowed and full screen modes.
  • Game Controls
    • Desktop
      • With your mouse:
        • Left click on a piece.
        • Left click on a space to move the piece.
    • Touchscreen devices
      • With your fingers:
        • Tap on a piece to select it.
        • Tap on a space to move the piece.
    • Controls and indicators
      • The number of pieces each player has captured is shown on either side of the board.
      • The gear button on the top right corner of the screen contains the following options:
        • Speaker button
        • Enlarge button
        • Exit button: Quit the game and return to the welcome screen.
  • Game Play
    • Setting up:
      • Choose a game mode on the welcome screen:
        • Classic: It’s a standard version of checkers played on an 8 x 8 grid.
        • Custom: Increase the size of your playing field from 8×8 (12 pieces each), to 10×10 (20 pieces each), or 12×12 (30 pieces each).
      • Choose the number of players:
        • 1 player: Challenge the computer.
        • 2 player: Go against a friend and take turns.
      • Customize your game:
        • Choose whether you’re playing as the light or dark piece.
        • Pick out a color scheme for your pieces.
    • Basic rules
      • Objective
        • Capture all of your opponent’s pieces on the board.
      • Movement
        • In most cases, you can only move one space forward diagonally.
        • You can move 2 or more spaces if and only if you are capturing pieces.
          • If you can make a move which captures a piece you must make that move.
        • King pieces can move forward and backward.
          • To make a piece a king, it must reach the other side of the board.
          • You can have as many kings as you can.
        • The game helpfully highlights the pieces you must move to
      • Captures
        • There must be an empty space between you and the piece you intend to capture.
        • A piece in front of another piece cannot be captured.
        • In certain situations, you can capture more than 2 pieces at once, by landing after the first piece and continuing your turn again.
    • Tips
      • Go on the offensive.
        • It is a common beginner’s mistake to put your pieces as close to the edge as possible.
          • Although it keeps your opponent from capturing your pieces early on, it also puts you at a marked disadvantage by limiting your ability to make moves later in the game.
          • A defensive play keeps you from capturing your opponents pieces or forces you to rely on forced moves, which often work against you.
        • Offensive plays turn the tide in your favor by overwhelming your opponent and reducing the number of pieces they have.
          • Control the center of the board early.
      • Don’t hesitate to sacrifice pieces when needed.
      • Move all your pieces out of your home row early in the game.
        • By moving most of your pieces to the front, you create plenty of situations where they are well defended.
        • Moving your pieces early increases the chance of one of your pieces becoming a king.
      • Watch out for forced moves.
        • Forced moves are moves you must take. This is usually a capture.
        • Often, a forced move would put you in a disadvantage within the opponent’s turn.
          • e.g. when you take one piece, it opens up the opponent to take that piece (or two, or three).
      • Have at least one of your pieces made king immediately.
        • Kings have a movement advantage over regular pieces.
        • Having more kings can help you capture more pieces from more directions.
  • Target Audience
    • The game is suited for players who like to play checkers games.
    • The game has no adult themed content.

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Free Online Play Checkers Video Game for Children & Adults Screenshots

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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support

This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.

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