Power Failure

Power Failure

Family Game
2-4 Players
About 45 Minutes
Grade 4 and Up
Game Schooler Recommendation

Power Failure is a unique game that combines card-building combos with dexterity, but it works flawlessly. As players build and run power plants, they risk sending too much carbon into the atmosphere. Power Failure perfectly straddles the line between theme and function, providing a plethora of teaching options for instructors. Coal plants are cheap to operate but are the biggest polluters. Nuclear plants don’t pollute, but they are expensive to run. Green energy is great when it actually works. These thematic ties pack a ton of gameplay into the tiny Power Failure box. Throw in the educational flavor text, and you’ve got yourself a gameschooling masterpiece.

Game Overview

Power Failure is a tableau-building, dexterity game of energy production. Players take 3 actions on their turns to build and use different kinds of power plants. Depending on their actions and the type of plants they operate, they'll be forced to stack blocks on the Carbon Tower, risking consequences for everyone when the tower falls. Players must manage risk while racing to complete energy contracts.

Skills
  • Competition Competition
    Develops healthy competitive habits as two or more parties compete for a goal that cannot be shared.
  • Risk Management Risk Management
    Students must identify, evaluate, and prioritize options to reduce the impact of unfortunate events or risks.
  • Tactical Thinking Tactical Thinking
    Challenges students to make decisions based on currently available information.
  • Balance Balance
    Strengthens a student’s capability to keep or put something in a steady position to prevent falling.
  • Resource Management Resource Management
    Boosts a student’s capacity to efficiently and effectively oversee available assets.
Game Details
  • Type: Card Game
  • Category: Family Game
  • Designer(s): Tao-Tao Chen, Yen-Lin Chen, Yu-Xuan Su, An-Qi Zheng
  • Published: 2021
  • Game Length: About 45 Minutes
  • Players: 2-4 Players
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