Video games give people an outlet to let off steam or to embark on an adventure. They allow us to explore countless worlds, battle alongside teammates, and even tackle our emotions.
And so, it brings me great joy that I can share with you this list of video games that can be played in the Irish language.
1. Among Us
I spearheaded the Among Us Irish localisation and along with Brian C Mac Giolla Mhuire, Cormac Cinnsealach, and Mike Drinkwater we brought the translation to a global audience. The Irish language version of Among Us is available across many platforms. Read more about the Among Us Irish localisation here and an interview with The Verge here.
Below, I was invited by BLOC TG4 to join them for their live stream of the Irish language translation:
Minecraft is a game that has continued to grow in popularity and also has a pretty decent list of languages to choose from including Irish. The translation was done by an open-source group on CrowdIn though there is a note on the language screen which says the translations may not be 100% accurate. Irish can be found in the Java Edition of Minecraft.
3. Dicey Dungeons
I worked on the testing of the Irish language version of Dicey Dungeons which was translated by the Ríomhacadamh. The game was created by the brilliant Terry Cavanagh and is a roguelike, deck-building game which quick game mechanics and plenty of humour. Read more about Dicey Dungeons here.
That’s right, the popular Battle Royale PUBG has an official Irish language translation as well. The online multiplayer was translated by Brian C Mac Giolla Mhuire who I worked with on the Among Us project. Find out more about the game and translation here.
5. If Found
If Found… is a visual novel developed by Dreamfeel. It’s a game that’s full of emotion and set in Ireland and is one of the few that also has an Irish language version. The game has two interleaved stories which are told through erasing journal entries or images. This game was also translated by Ríomhacadamh.
Factorio is a game in which you build and maintain factories by mining resources, researching technologies, building infrastructure, automating production, and fighting enemies. It was also translated by Brian C Mac Giolla Mhuire.
Foundation is a grid-less and laidback medieval city-building game and was also translated by Brian C Mac Giolla Mhuire.
8. Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate’s Hideout
Dangerous Dave is a 1988 computer game by John Romero.
“Irish was a natural choice for us since we are moving to Ireland. It felt necessary to include it, even. I was also raised to appreciate Irish culture and my Irish heritage. My great grandparents were Irish, and though the language didn’t pass to me, we understand the critical importance of keeping it alive.Irish Independent 2015
Have read of how this translation came about here.
Please note that these are official versions of the games but there are also mods you can add to games as well. This is also a list of games that are available in Irish though I cannot vouch for the quality of all the translations.