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As one of the four great Gods Apollo, Hermes, Hecate and Aphrodite, choose a team of four mighty warriors to fight for you in the Powerplay tournament to prove who is the greatest. This battle will be fought out not using swords or knives, but with knowledge - gameplay takes the form of a complex quiz on a chess-like board.

You have four playing pieces, which start off arranged as a cross in one corner of the isometrically-viewed board. The squares are split into four different colours, which each represent a particular broad Trivial Pursuit-style subject area. The question has four possible answers, and a correct answer allows you to move your piece one space, perhaps onto one of the four white teleport squares (which randomly places it on one of those four squares).

When a piece lands on the same square as an opposition piece, a challenge ensues, which plays out like a quiz show, with questions asks in quick fire and the first player to answer gaining a point if right and losing one if wrong. The losing piece drops down a skill level.

Once a piece reaches 25 Wisdom Points, it can mutate up a skill level - this makes it harder to beat, but makes the questions it faces harder.


Powerplay: The Game of the Gods ZX Spectrum Title screen
Powerplay: The Game of the Gods Atari ST Select your team
Powerplay: The Game of the Gods Commodore 64 Publisher.
Powerplay: The Game of the Gods ZX Spectrum Which the challenger loses

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Mar, 1988 955 out of 1000 96
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1988 955 out of 1000 96
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Mar, 1988 955 out of 1000 96
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Mar, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 15 out of 20 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1988 8.4 out of 12 70
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Nov, 1988 62 out of 100 62
ST/Amiga Format Amiga Nov, 1988 55 out of 100 55
Power Play Atari ST Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50


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  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Commodore Format
    • May 1991 (Issue 8) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)

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