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Inspiration(s) The Great Darktonian Pie War
Developer The Time Ninjas
Publisher Too many people to count, this games been around for hundreds of years.
Release dates
Release in the USA
October 22, 2000.
Release in the UTR
Sometime 2001
Additional info
Genre Strategy Game
Platform Mess Board
Rating 5+ due to small parts which could be swallowed.

Mess is a board game played between two players. The current form of the game emerged in Antarctica during the second half of the 20th century. Today, Mess is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of penuins in their igloos, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

The game is played on a messboard, which is a square-checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. At the start, each player (one controlling the white pieces, the other controlling the black pieces) controls sixteen pieces: one Leader, one Commander, two Transports, two Riders, two Aides, and eight PWNs. The object of the game is to eliminate the opponents entire army (exept the Leader, which cannot be eliminated).

One of the goals of early computer scientists was to create a Mess-playing machine. Today's chess is deeply influenced by the abilities of chess programs and the opportunity for online play. In 1997 Dark Blue became the first computer to beat the reigning USA Champion in a match when it defeated Garry.


In the game you choose to take sides with either Darktan(black) or Professor Shroomsky and Triskelle(white). Each side has 16 pieces representing different charictars, however the pieces have slowly become identical. The game is played on an 8x8 , black and white checkered diamond shaped board.


It started out as a temporal mix-up several hundred years ago, where an early Time Ninja was temorerally transported into the far future. He witnessed the beginning of the Great Darktonian Pie War, and on his return wrote a manuscript summerising the two sides. He died from complications resulting from the mix-up, and the manuscript was misenterpreted as instructions for a board game. His will asked that the manuscript (titled 'Mess) be widely distributed, to try and prevent the war, but the Ninjas distributed the game (named 'Mess') instead. Over time, the it evolved into an interesting board game in it's own right.


Piece Name Represents Abilities
Leader Professor Shroomsky Move 2 more spaces per turn, throw a pie an unlimited distance in a streight line
Commander Triskelle Move as many squares as you like in a streight line, as long as no-one is in the way. Throw a pie one space.
PWNs The assorted citizens of the USA Throw pie one space
Rider Pie Tanks Hit any tharget whithin three squares, regardless of obstacles.
Aide Happyface/Explorer Throw Antics grenade 1 space(turns enemies into alreay defeated freinds, this has come to mean it kills the enemy it hits and replaces them with a taken piece of the players choice. Throws pie 2 spaces.
Transport PSA agent(with spyphone) Teleport self three spaces, throw pie one space. Also, if any other piece walks into them they appear next to the other one.


The symbols and pieces in Mess bear little or no resemblance to the object they origionally reperesented due to the difficulty in describing modern technology several hundred years befor it was invented. The standard symbols are as follows:



  • It is one of the first board Games.
  • It is rated 5+ by the PFGI for small parts.

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