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An iconic board game joins the digital age

Editor's review Page 2 of 3

Published 22 Feb 2014

[cont'd] first. The playing pieces were gears that intermeshed with each other with the end result being the turning of your opponent’s Master Gear before your own Master Gear was turned. The game enthralled the young game developers from Atom Split Games who could remember their fathers loving playing it when they were young. A deal was quickly struck and, within a year, the digital version has arrived - complete with sound, light and great movement. While the Power Game broke new ground as a board game back in the 70's by using gears as playing pieces, it breaks new ground again as a digital game with the purchasing limit for all in-game goodies set at €19.99 when everything is automatically unlocked. This is a response to the serious questions being asked of some game developers who are cynically leading young people to make unlimited purchases (usually with their parent’s credit cards) which have been known to amount to many 100’s of Euro. Because it is a game which rewards strategic thinking instead of the speed of one’s reflexes, the in-game purchases are focused only on changing the play environment rather than affecting the actual play - so no play advantage can be bought!
The Power Game was a huge success when first introduced in the 70's and it's digitalized version looks like following in its footsteps nearly 40 years later. What makes this version different to the original is that the game was a finished...