Dutch game on its way to Japan

A Dutch computer game, Water Power, will be unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show in Japan in October. Yesterday the game was named the winner of a design competition that was co-organised by the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.

Water Power is a game about Dutch water management and is played using movement sensors in mobile phones. The game design competition is a joint initiative by the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo, and the Dutch Game Garden and NLGD foundations. The final version of the game will be presented at the Tokyo Game Show in the autumn. Mobile phone gaming is wildly popular in Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hopes to use Water Power to introduce the Netherlands to more Japanese people.

Water Power will be part of this year’s official Dutch celebrations of 150 years of diplomatic relations with Japan. It will also feature as the festivities continue in 2009 to mark 400 years of trade relations between the two countries.