The Jungle Chess Game

What is Clesto?

Clesto is a new 2 player strategy board game with a play time of around 10-20 minutes. It is based on the more than 100 year old 鬥獸棋 (Dou Shou Qi).

New rules by Jim Westergren with assistance of his son Alvin. Art by the spanish painter Felipe Romero.


8 animal tokens for each player in the colors orange and yellow:

Each animal has a number showing their rank. Five of the animals has symbols showing Special Powers (explained in the rules).

The board:

Biggest differences over Chess

We think that Chess is a brilliant game that we love to play. But we love to play Clesto even more.

How to Play

Head over to our Rules page.