Developer Atom Split
Publisher Scraggly Dog Games
Platform Windows 8, Surface & Phone
Release Date TBC
Atom Split Games, Brian McCarthy Games and Scraggly Dog Games are proud to announce “The Power Game”, a reboot of the popular strategy board game. After selling over 4 million units worldwide during the 1970’s, including over 1,000,000 copies in the Netherlands, the classic two-player strategy game will be available soon in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Hindi and Chinese on the Windows 8 Store for Surface, PC and Phone.
The game’s premise is simple to learn, but hard to master. A turn-based strategy game, it features two rows of eight opposing cogs. Players must move their cogs around the board in an effort to turn their opponents master gear clockwise, while using their opponents cogs against them.
The Power Game features three game modes – a single player mode against the AI, a two-player mode, and an online multiplayer mode. Available as an ad supported app, or a paid app, the game features micro-transactions to allow players to earn or purchase additional backgrounds, cogs and master gears to personalise their experience. However, the game is one of the first to feature a “shock-proof” microtransactions model, allowing players to buy a one off purchase to disable additional purchases, and give unlimited bolts. This family-friendly model gives parents a way to avoid bill-shock situations, sometimes seen in other games.
Speaking at the launch of the game, Brian McCarthy, the game’s inventor, said “I am delighted to be working with Atom Split Games to bring The Power Game back to life on Windows devices. I feel it’s popular gameplay will still resonate with players 40 years on”. He also said “The digital game is actually a better experience to play than the static game I invented all those years ago.”
Atom Split Games CEO James Daly said “We are delighted that after six months, we have a faithful representation of Brian’s gameplay, and we hope that players have a lot of fun with our game.” Michael Meagher, Microsoft Ireland congratulated the team on the relaunch of The Power Game. “I have spoken to many people who remember the board game version of The Power Game. It’s great to see an old favourite being updated for today’s generation. I’m looking forward to downloading the app and playing the game.