This Throwback Thursday I thought I would share some of the electronic toys from my childhood. With the exception of the first one, they are all handheld games. Hmmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with how much I like smartphones and tablets and such now? I was really born at just the right time because the early 80’s is when these types of games really took off and I was a tween then – perfect age. Thanks to my parents for getting me some of these great toys!
This was probably actually in the late 70’s. This robot was a trivia game that used 8-track tapes. The 4-buttons are what you used to answer and the tape would switch to tell you if you were right or wrong. I remember this little guy was expensive and I played with the display at the dime store (Woolworth’s) every Monday night for a long time. I was thrilled when I finally got one of my own! I can still hear 2-XL’s little voice and laugh even.
I rocked Merlin! Honestly, this was one of those games that I just loved playing and the type of puzzle it is reminds me a lot of some of my favorite types of app games I still play now. I even could play a bunch of different songs on Merlin using the tones. Plus I loved the red color!
Simon is still around these days, but he came out back when I was a kid. Great memory game. After I had this for a while I just played by myself though because playing with others I would get to annoyed when they were slow or made a mistake (I’m a tad bit competitive)
Coleco Quiz Wiz
This was my most challenging game that I can remember. I had a whole case full of the book-cartridge game things. Some were easy, but some were pretty hard. The electronic part you plugged into the different book holder thingies. I remember the case I had them in even, it was an old black suitcase with a fake alligator skin and it had the initials H.H. on it which were my grandpa’s initials even though it was not his suitcase.
This was actually my brother’s game. He got this and a tennis game one year for Christmas (I got Simon and Merlin that same year I think). Luckily, he let me play them pretty often. I liked the graphics (ha!) on this game because it had little pixelated cowboys on the display.
This was my favorite sport handheld game because I actually know how to play baseball and how to keep score (yes, really). This one just had little red lights that lit up around the field, but it was still fun.
Radio Shack Arcade
I remember having this game and I want to say I may have bought it myself at Radio Shack. Sadly though, it was kind of disappointing. The best game to play on it was a memory game like Simon. Most of the other games were boring.
Coleco Electronic Quarterback
I never owned the handheld football game myself, but I think every single boy my age had one. They were everywhere! I really never completely understood how to play this game (I don’t know much about real Football), but I got excited when I got the “ball” to the end for a touchdown.
Did you have any of these games growing up? What others handheld electronic games do you remember?
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