The Original Mobile Games

Now Available in the App Store!

What were the first mobile games? The Original Mobile Games, a free minigame IOS collection, digitally recreates early handheld dexterity games and puzzles from The Strong’s unparalleled collections of play-related objects. Created in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology and Second Avenue Learning, the games represent nearly 150 years of play history.

The initial launch features, among others:

  • Pigs and Clover: An 1889 game in which players navigate four balls through a maze
  • Aero Race: Players “Pilot” three “jumping beans” from one corner of the game to the other as they recreate the competition to fly from New York to Paris
  • Niagara Puzzle: Players must send a stream of balls into the whirlpool at the bottom of the Falls

Staff from The Strong and faculty and students from RIT spent months researching, playing, and photographing the original games in The Strong’s collection to capture this history and the games’ exact mechanics. Additional “packs” of games will also be available to purchase and download in the App Store.

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