There’s no shortage of retro game emulators online and on smartphones, but we’ve not seen anything quite like these undersize palm top arcade machines….
It’s a set of retro arcade cabinets shrunk down to fit in your hand. Despite their minuscule size, they retain the classic control stick and button layout. Though you might have to squint to make out the action on the tiny OLED screen.
The arcades are based on [Ken]’s TinyCircuits Arduino platform — a surprisingly broad range of Arduino modules that click together using small snap connectors in place of pin headers. The system is cool enough in its own right, and it appears to be entirely open source. Housing these bits in a cute arcade box and providing working game code to go along with it invites hacking.
The games are lovingly ripped off from classic titles. Tiny Invaders is a thinly-veiled rip-off of Space Invaders, for example. 3D Attack is Doom, Flappy Birdz is Flappy Bird, and Mushroom Jumper is Super Mario Bros. But they’re all free to download from the Tiny Arcade website.
Inside the cabinet is TinyCircuits, a modular Arduino-compatible set of circuit boards that stack together like Lego. It’s open source, so you can make games for it yourself. But you don’t need any specialist knowledge to play – just load the games using a microSD card and enjoy.
It also plays MP4 video files, complete with sound. Though you’re not going to get the full cinematic experience.
You can order the cabinet pre-assembled, or a DIY kit that you build yourself. You don’t need any special tools, the pieces just snap together. You should be up and running in under 10 minutes.
Now lets be fair, this as a novelty would make a great keyring, and is perfect for the people who want to produce their own wrap artworks on a home printer (sticky back photo paper!) – but its purely that, a nerdy novelty…
Do we like it, love it or cant stand it? let us know in the comments below!