Balangay Entertainment
Based in Quezon City, Philippines

Release date:
November, 2016

Board Game


Regular Price:

Educational PriceP1200


The Big Switch is a fun and frantic bidding and tile-flipping board game about energy conservation. One of the things we can all do to help mitigate the effects of climate change is to reduce our consumption. The Big Switch shows people how they can save electricity by having more efficient appliances and by doing energy-saving habits. The game also teaches that these things can help you save money in the long run. In the game, players compete to have the most Energy Stars: which are a measure on how energy efficient your home is. Energy Stars are received when buying efficient appliances and doing energy-saving habits. The player with the most Energy Stars after 7 rounds is the winner! At the start of the game, each player is given a house with old and inefficient appliances. In each round, players try to outbid each other in 20-second real-time auctions to buy better appliances for their homes, while simultaneously doing their habits. The game comes with a companion App that can be downloaded for free in the App Store and Play Store. The App has a customizable timer players can use in-game and a guide that helps you setup and play the game.


The game was conceptualized during the Philippine Power Crisis of 2015. There were threats of blackouts since the supply of electricity was not enough to meet the demand. While a lot of the issue was on the production side, consumers could also contribute to the solution by lessening electricity usage. The Big Switch (then known as Energy Superstar) was conceptualized as a fun way to raise awareness on what normal people like you and I can do to help solve a power crisis. Thankfully, the issue didn’t escalate into a long-term crisis. However, the game and its lessons remained and now address a bigger problem: Climate Change. A lot of pollution is created in power generation and if we can reduce our needs, we can also reduce the burning of fossil fuels and mitigate the effects of climate change. We hope that the game can popularize a culture of conservation.


  • Each game box comes with 5 Player Sheets, 1 Auction Sheet, 90 Appliance Tiles, 96 Credit Coins, 33 Energy Star tokens, 3 Round tokens, 6 Savings tokens, and 1 Manual
  • The Free Companion App can be downloaded on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store
  • Without the App, the game can still be played with any 20-second timer
  • The game can support 2-5 players
  • For ages 10 and above
  • Game time: 20-45 minutes
  • 20% Discount for Schools, Educators, and Advocates
  • Classroom App that can run on Windows or MacOS is available for teachers and educators to use


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Selected Articles

  • "A Frantic and Tense Boardgame That Also Teaches Us About Energy Conservation? Check Out ‘The Big Switch’!"
    - Brian Papa, Ungeek.ph

How-to-play blog
A gist of how to play the game. balangay.games.

The Big Switch on Green Living
The spiel of The Big Switch when it was featured on Green Living facebook.com.

The Big Switch on Balangay's online store
Buy The Big Switch from Balangay's online store. Claim your educational discount here. balangay.games.

Partial list of where you can buy The Big Switch
Where you can buy The Big Swith goo.gl.

iOS Companion App
Where you can download the compantion app on iOS itunes.apple.com.

Android Companion App
Where you can download the compantion app on Android play.google.com.

About Balangay Entertainment

Balangay Entertainment is a tabletop game design group that designs compelling games infused with Philippine culture. Balangay believes in the power of games as an artistic and compelling medium that can entertain as well as drive social and cultural change. They design educational games, Philippine Folklore games, Philippine Popular culture games, and games that are just for fun.

More information
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The Big Switch Credits

Karlo Senga, Aaron Galzote
Project Management

Marx Ian Rulloda, Karlo Gabriel Senga
Game Design and Development

DDB Philippines, Aaron Galzote, Karlo Senga, Nicanor Valdez, Marx Rulloda, Aya Carino-Valdez
Art and Graphic Design

DDB Philippines
Executive Producer

Karlo Senga, Marx Rulloda, Nicanor Valdez, Aya Carino-Valdez, Aaron Galzote

Department of Energy-Energy Utilization Management Bureau
Technical Consultants

Lagro High School, DDB Philippines, Bernadette Chua, Janoor Gorgonia, Joshua Benzon, Simone Bernardo

Lagro High School, DDB Philippines, Bernadette Chua, Janoor Gorgonia, Joshua Benzon, Simone Bernardo

Nicanor Valdez
App Design, Programming, Sound and Voice

Nicanor Valdez, Aaron Galzote, DDB Philippines
App Graphic Design

Aaron Galzote
App 3D Artist

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