Quantum Games

QPlay aims at developing games for science connected to topical research problems within the area of quantum technologies. In addition to this, QPlay is facilitating playful art engagements that can either educate and inform general public.

One of the main missions of the QPlay project is to develop games that help our quantum technology researchers solve research problems in quantum optimal control theory. The motivation for this particular problem arrives from the need of developing quantum computers further.

Together with the team at MiTale and the researcher at Turku Quantum Technology we have developed the Quantum Black Box, that is a numerical simulation aimed to solve a optimization problem to a Unity interface, aimed for the game developers for a more usable tool to be used in actual games. Here we present to prototypes to demonstrate:

QWizQuantum is Magic demo can be tested HERE on the browser.

Quantum Game Jam

Quantum Game Jam is a 2-to-3-day event during which quantum physicists, and game makers get together to develop actual playable game prototypes, teaching concepts about quantum physics, using our Quantum Black Box (since 2016) and using actual quantum computers, offered by the IBM Q Experience (since 2019).

First Quantum Game jam was organized in collaboration between Finnish Game Jam and Turku Quantum Technology 2014 at Tuorla observatory and has been since organised annually. So far close to 70 games have been developed during these events and most of them are available online for anyone to play. In 2019 we organized a special Quantum Game Jam,  Quantum Wheel in collaboration with IBM Zürich and Qiskit offering the jam teams access to IBM’s quantum computer.

Quantum Wheel games  have been showcased also the evening party of the APS March Meeting 2019 hosted by IBM Qiskit.

Games from previous two Quantum Game Jams can be found at:


Professor Maniscalco testing out an early prototype of the game Hamsterwave at the Quantum Game Jam 2019, Quantum Wheel.