Thurles, Ireland - Friday 20 September 2013 - Atom Split Games, Brian McCarthy Games and Scraggly Dog Games are proud to announce that The Power Game is now available on Windows 8 and RT devices in English, French, German, Dutch and Polish. A digital reboot of the popular 1970’s board game that sold over 4,000,000 copies, players across the world can compete against each other in this challenging two-player strategy game. Both free and paid versions of the game are available.
The game is one for all ages, and is simple to learn, but hard to master. Both players have eight cogs, and must move their cogs around the board in an effort to link up their cogs, and turn their opponents master gear clockwise. Players can link up their own cogs, or use the gears of their opponent against them, meaning that players have to think hard about their move - will moving there mean that they will lose on the next turn?
The Power Game comes in two forms, as a paid app without ads, or a free version featuring advertising, an. includes optional micro-transactions to allow players to purchase additional backgrounds and cogs to customise their gameplay experience. Players can also earn the in-game currency by winning online matches, ensuring that the game is free-to-play for all. The game is also 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.
Commenting on the launch of the game, Brian McCarthy, the game’s inventor, said “It’s exciting to finally have the game available to play again, and I’m confident that the gameplay is just as challenging now, as it was back when I invented The Power Game in 1975”. James Daly, CEO of the game’s developer Atom Split Games said “It’s been a long six months developing the game, but we feel we have put together a fun game which will really get players thinking, and are delighted that it’s finally out in the Windows Store.”
The Power Game is out now at tinyurl.com/GetThePowerGameWin8Now for Windows 8 and Surface devices in English, French, German, Dutch and Polish. It is coming soon in Italian, Hindi and Chinese, and in all languages on Windows Phone. Find out more information about the game at www.thepowergameapp.com, twitter.com/powergamegame or facebook.com/powergamedigital. A game trailer and videos about the game’s history are available at http://youtube.com/thepowergameapp
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Get assets with this release
Logos and four screenshots accompanying this release are available to download at http://scragglydoggames.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/power_games_win8_launch.zip . The second in our series of development video blogs is up at http://youtu.be/7Iaioxn3TE4, with Brian McCarthy talking about how he made the game in 1975. High res versions of this, and other videos released over the next couple of weeks are available at http://tinyurl.com/PowerGameVideoHighRes
About Atom Split Games
Atom Split Games was founded in May 2012 following a discussion between LIT Tipperary students James Daly, Michael Murphy, Martell Malone and David Kelly. The company then entered the LIT 50k competition and won a place. They were subsequently offered a place on the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Programme. Following this an office was established in the new Thurles Community Enterprise Centre on the LIT Tipperary campus. The company from the outset decided to be platform agnostic and develop all mobile platforms. Find out more at www.atomsplitgames.com and @AtomSplitGames
About Brian McCarthy Games
Brian McCarthy is one of Ireland’s most successful game designers, selling over 10 million units across a portfolio of games in the 1970’s including The Power Game, Pivot, the Z game, Tank Commander and others. After returning to Ireland after decades working in an economic development role, he is now rebooting some of his games for modern games platforms. You can reach him on Twitter at @BrianMaccarthy
About Scraggly Dog Games
Scraggly Dog Games is a games publishing services company working exclusively with Irish developers to help bring their games to market. Founded by games industry veteran Jamie McCormick, who has worked with companies including Xbox Live Gaming Centre, Demonware, Jolt Online and Gala Networks Europe, the team also includes founder members from Blizzard Entertainment and Goa Games and Trinity College Dublin. Find out more at www.scragglydoggames.ie or @ScragglyDogIrl