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Screwball Scramble

Tomy were responsible for many electronic games and toys in the 80s including the Tomytronics, Omnibot, Lights Alive and Super Cup Football. They were also quite good at games that didn’t require batteries. The aim of Screwball Scramble is to navigate a ball bearing around a course in the quickest time possible. You would put […]

Speak and Spell

What an amazing piece of 80s electronic gadgetry this was! A bright orange TALKING computer game, with loads of buttons and LOADS of spelling games! I loved my Speak and Spell! It was created by Texas Instruments and was probably the most popular toy of 1978. It practically ate batteries, using 4 at a time, […]

Etch a Sketch

After receiving a Speak and Spell for Christmas one year, with its bright orange rectangular shape, I was over the moon to receive an Etch a Sketch a few years after! If was equally bright, equally complicated looking and equally rectangular. Unfortunately, that was where the similarities stopped. It didn’t take any batteries, it didn’t […]

Cue Ball

Alex Higgins Cue Ball, or Bank Shot as it was also called, is an L.E.D. pool game made by Palitoy. The idea of pool, as I’m sure you know if you’ve ever played pool or snooker, is to hit the white ball with your cue, making it collide with the different coloured balls in the […]

Demon Driver

Demon Driver was a revolutionary game in two ways. Firstly, the road on which your car would drive was an endless inner workings used to revolve. See what I did there? Revolve? “Revolution”-ary? No? *sigh* Secondly, and more importantly, it gave you the feeling of being a “proper” driver. There was a steering wheel that […]

Space Invaders

I love Space Invaders on any format. It doesn’t matter whether it is in an arcade, on an Atari 2600, in a more recent reincarnation on Xbox, or on an 80s handheld such as this. I found out recently after reading the Taito twitter feed, Taito being the creators and distributors of Space Invaders, the […]

Pac-Man

Pac-Man is brill. Along with Space Invaders, I can play this for hours. I’m not very good at it, having never been past about level 10, but I think it is an excellent game. This version is…. well, ok I suppose. As with all “conversions” it has good points and bad points. The good ones […]

I Vant To Bite Your Finger

“I Vant To Bite Your Finger! You play it in the dark! And if Count Dracula bites you, he’ll leave a Vampire mark!” Advertising jingles were ace in the 80s! This was a bizarre up to 4 player game in which you had to make your way around a board overlooked by a huge caped […]

Speak & Maths

The Speak & Maths, from Texas Instruments, was the follow up to the amazing Speak & Spell. It was the same shape but a silver, orange and blue theme. As with the Speak & Spell, it would ask you questions of varying difficulty based on the mode you selected and you keyed in the answer. […]

Game and Watch

Nintendo have lead the gaming revolution since the late 70s. WAY before the 3DS, before the Wii, before the DSi, DS lite and DS, before the N64, the SNES, the Gameboy and the NES, there were… Game And Watches. These pocket-sized rectangles of fun were originally single screen LCD games. No colour display, just black […]

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