Auto Chess: Origins has hit Android and iOS devices, and it's offering a brand new way to play chess. By not really being chess at all. Oh. It is pretty much automatic, however.

Here you'll be taking control of a range of monsters and pitting them against each other in a gauntlet of trials so you can overcome online opponents. Sound good?

Right here we've got the essential tips you need to know on how to play. If you want to become an expert at Auto Chess, these are the things you need to keep in mind, from beginning to end.

Not much like chess

Auto Chess

The first thing you'll notice about Auto Chess: Origins is that it's actually not much like chess at all. Sure, we have a few knights and what you could consider pawns, but the powers these monsters have wouldn't allowed in regulation chess matches.

Here you'll be buying up and deploying a range of monsters that will themselves navigate a chess field, and destroy their enemies. You won't have to worry about the actual rules of chess, just throw down powerful enemies and they will, hopefully, get the job done.

As you play you'll level up, opening new monsters for you to use, and items to equip them with. It's a lot to take in at first, but after this guide - and a couple of games to practice - you'll know what you're doing.

The main problem with this game is that it's quite slow, and because you're playing against online opponents, there's no way to speed it up. You only really need to be active in the preparation phases, too, which lengthens the amount of time you'll spend waiting.

Nonetheless, Auto Chess is a fun way to pass the time, and well worth playing. Now here's how to play like a pro…