Waiting for retro: cheap LCD handheld games were always there

Through successive generations of Nintendo handheld and the various also-rans, portable gaming's gotten brighter, better and more colorful. But all along, traditional Tiger-style LCD games, despite slipping into dollar-store senescence, continued to lurk in the background. They are with us still, even now. Does their shabby design and unspeakable cheesiness, in 2009, make them interesting? Just how far, ladies and gentlemen, can the crow-call "Retro" take us? Pacboy LCD Puzzle Game [Amazon via Technabob]

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8 Responses to Waiting for retro: cheap LCD handheld games were always there

  1. Enochrewt says:

    They burn my eyes!!!

  2. Latente says:

    space intruder.

  3. jahknow says:


  4. strider_mt2k says:

    They also taste like burning.

    I’m guessing it’s the lead, so…you know….don’t eat ‘em.

  5. dainel says:

    My TV comes with a few games built in. I tried them last month. Tetris was boring. There was no sound. Or levels. Or background pictures. And the buttons on the remote control weren’t easy to press. The snake game a bit more interesting. But just a little.

  6. Halloween Jack says:

    Ah, to relive those childhood Christmases when, for one brief, shining moment, you thought that Grandma had actually sprung for a Gameboy.

  7. igpajo says:

    So in the game Space Intruder, do you have to run away all the people who want to stand too close to you when they talk?

  8. Daemon says:

    You can get a tetris one from the dollar store that is entirely playable… if you are one of those people who can stand to play tetris for any length of time.

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