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alyinsanfran
04-11-09, 12:48
Thanks to SoCal I started gathering a few old handhelds over the last couple of years. All working:

http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/2900/handhelds.jpg

But which ones are still fun to play?

Weirdly, I still come back to Mattel Baseball. I think it's the randomness that makes it a steady challenge.

TomyTronic Scramble is really a class act. It still amazes me each time I play just how good it looks and plays. It's beautiful.

Parker Bros Bank Shot is hellishly addictive once you get the feel for it. But it's really easy to get frustrated.

I still haven't figured out how to play Bandai Air Traffic Control. It's got the biggest manual ever, I swear.

Parker Bros Wildfire Pinball is fun for short bursts, but easy to forget how to play properly. I mainly like the artwork.


The rest are a bit 'meh' at times, like a lot of old handhelds. I still play them, but the novelty does wear off some of them quite quickly.
They look really cool on display though.


Anybody still play any old handhelds that they can recommend?

GameGavel
04-11-09, 12:57
Thanks for sharing!

Nice collection. I loved me some Tiger Rocket Pinball, let me tell ya! I've never played the Air Traffic Control game but have always wanted it. Any good? Split Second is probably my fav handheld game of all time!

The November podcast will feature an editorial by me on the history of handheld gaming and will also feature our top-10 electronic handheld games. Should be a good one!

I love electronic handheld games !!

GameGavel
04-11-09, 01:11
I have whittled my collection down to just the games that really meant something to me back in the day. I've had hundreds of games come and go in my handheld collection, but these will always have a place.

http://www.chasingthechuckwagon.com/handhelds.jpg

alyinsanfran
04-11-09, 01:22
Nice collection mate! I'd really like to get some of those Coleco mini-cabs. They're just so damned cool aren't they.
Do they play well?

There's one which I owned back in the day, that was amazingly popular in New Zealand. It was Casio Invaders. Really simple game, but utterly frantic gameplay. There's an iphone app that replicates it pretty well, and is ridiculously addictive.

At least 3 kids in each class had one of these, and we used to snip the speaker wire to play in stealth mode.
They're worth a bloody fortune now. And I really, really want one. It's the best handheld of all time and yet has a total of 2 control buttons.

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/9195/casiomusicgamecalcmg880.jpg

GameGavel
04-11-09, 01:50
Nice collection mate! I'd really like to get some of those Coleco mini-cabs. They're just so damned cool aren't they.
Do they play well?

There's one which I owned back in the day, that was amazingly popular in New Zealand. It was Casio Invaders. Really simple game, but utterly frantic gameplay. There's an iphone app that replicates it pretty well, and is ridiculously addictive.

At least 3 kids in each class had one of these, and we used to snip the speaker wire to play in stealth mode.
They're worth a bloody fortune now. And I really, really want one. It's the best handheld of all time and yet has a total of 2 control buttons.

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/9195/casiomusicgamecalcmg880.jpg

I can say, for me personally, that he Coleco arcade tabletops were nothing special as far as gameplay. The small cab design is brilliant but the games were always a bit dull to me and they sounded horrid! The Pac Man in my collection is actually my wife's original one she got as a present here parents got her when she got chicken pox way back when :)

alyinsanfran
04-11-09, 05:31
Id take chicken pox if it meant a Casio MG-880...

Hey there's a Top 10 idea - Top 10 pox-worthy games.