1970s Irish ‘Power Game’ becomes mobile app

By: March 6, 2014
Noelle O'Reilly, CEO of the Dublin Tech Summit

Atom Split Games, the Thurles, Tipperary-based developer of “The Power Game”, and Brian McCarthy have released their two-player strategy game, on iOS and Windows 8 Phone devices. The Power Game is now available on iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices in English, French, German, Dutch and Italian.

The Power Game was one of a range of four ‘thinking games’ created by Irish inventor, Brian McCarthy. It became very popular because, despite only having three rules of play, it was very difficult to win a game. The playing pieces were gears which intermeshed with each other. The end objective is to turn the opponent’s master gear (with an arrow on it) before your own master gear is turned.

McCarthy is now 72 years of age but met the young Atom Split game developers at a digital games convention in Ireland in March 2013. He introduced them to the ‘Power Game’, which their fathers remembered playing when they were young. A deal was struck and, nine months later, the digital versions with sound, light and movement were launched.