If you ever longed for the days when people spent hours playing ‘Pigs in Clover,’ the Strong Museum of Play has the app for you.
The museum, in partnership with RIT and Second Avenue Learning, is now offering a free mini-game collection, available in the Apple Store, featuring the first mobile games. And when we say “mobile” we don’t mean cell phones.
The aforementioned Pigs in Clover was one of the first handheld games — period. It was created in 1889 and gained Fortnite levels of popularity.
The museum writes, “Pigs and Clover… was so popular in its day that political cartoonists and media lambasted United States Senators for playing the game on the job!” The game involves players trying to guide four balls through a maze.
Other games include Queen Mary (“players place three ‘bouys’ and then pilot the ship into the dock”) and the Niagara Puzzle (“players must send a stream of balls into the whirlpool at the bottom of the Falls”).
The museum says other games will be added and made available for purchase in packs.
“The Original Mobile Games” is available in The Apple Store.