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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, […]

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 […]

The Quarter Arcades ‘PAC-MAN™’ ¼ Scale Arcade Cabinet

Numskull Designs is incredibly proud to team up with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment for the first in a series of Quarter Arcades exclusives! The world’s most recognisable video game ‘PAC-MAN’ has gone back to where it began with one of the most realistically-presented formats of the original platform. ‘PAC-MAN’ as a character inspired generations and the […]

The Videokid – Out Now on Steam!

Are you ready for The Videokid challenge? Test your skills to the max with this fun & challenging arcade style skate game set in a retro 1980s neighbourhood filled with danger… Platform: Steam (PC only) Price £2.99 Genre: Action/arcade Skate, hitch and grind your way through hazardous streets; dodging 80s bikes, cars, trucks, trains & […]

Poochie

My sister had a Poochie. I thought it was a strange idea for a toy, a bright pink and white stuffed dog, but in retrospect it wasn’t any stranger than any of the toys I had at her age. At her age I had an Action Man which, lets be honest, was a Barbie for […]

Strobe

I think I was the only person in the world to own a Strobe. Genuinely, I don’t know anyone else who owned one, and in researching my memories of Strobe I scoured YouTube for the TV advert. It wasn’t there. When I was at my Grandads one December, he said he had bought me an […]

Slinky

The Slinky was one long piece of curly metal that, according to the adverts, you would make walk down stairs. You set it on the top step, flipped the top section of the Slinky onto the step below and momentum pulled it down onto itself and flipped down onto the next step down. Theoretically, if […]

Swingball

Imagine the business meeting where someone pitched the idea of Swingball… “Guys, I’ve got a great idea for you which is going to make tennis slightly more dangerous and a lot less exercisey…. “ “Ok, I’m interested. Hit me with it.” “Funny you should say that… We’re going to tie the tennis ball to a […]

Rubiks Puzzles

The Rubiks puzzles were SO frustrating! Firstly, the Cube. The Rubiks Cube came out in the late 70s, but has never really gone away. Kids nowadays still play with Rubiks Cubes, making them one of the most recognisable toys in the world. The idea of the Rubiks Cube was to twist and rotate sections of […]

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