Saturday 21 October 2017

Pensioner back in game after 30 years with digital launch

Brian McCarthy at his home with his Power Game board-game and the tablet version
Brian McCarthy at his home with his Power Game board-game and the tablet version
The Power Game board-game and the tablet version

Adrian Weckler Technology Editor

A 72-year-old Dublin man's forgotten 1970s' board-game is to be launched globally as a smartphone, tablet and Facebook game.

Brian McCarthy, whose Power Game board-game sold four million editions in Europe between 1976 and 1979, has spent 30 years in the gaming wilderness due to the advent of video games in the 1980s.

But its rediscovery by Microsoft and two Irish computer-games firms has resulted in a new lease of life for the game, and for Mr McCarthy. "I'm an oldie, I don't know how to do a lot of this technical stuff," Mr McCarthy said.

"But the youngsters I'm working with (in Irish firms Atom Split Games and Scraggly Dog Games) have done a wonderful job with the game from what I can see."

The digital game, which visually resembles a hybrid between Connect Four and DownFall, pits two players against each other in a battle of strategic wit. The game also caters for single players competing with a computer opponent.

Launched in five languages, it has gone live as a download for Microsoft PCs and tablets and for Windows Phone 8 smartphones. It is also available on Facebook.

Next month it will go live on iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones.

"I don't know anything about coding and such matters but I very much guided the thing into digital form," said Mr McCarthy, who now lives with his wife in Dun Laoghaire.

"Microsoft were very supportive in getting it going. It's going to look great on those tablets as well as the whole Facebook thing."

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Irish Independent

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