1.0 out of 5 stars
1.0 out of 5 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars
The 76 games included in the console are as follows (this list is copied directly from the leaflet which comes with the console, and I suspect there are a few typos throughout, because some of them don't make sense; "Stare Gate" for example):
1. Contra 2. Aladdin 3. World Soccer 4. King of Fighter 5. Tekken 6. WWF 7. Tetris 8. Super Mario 9. Arkonoid 10. 1942 11. Star Force 12. F1 Race 13. Popeye 14. Galaza 15. Bomb Jack 16. Bird Week 17. Five Chess 18. Stare Gate 19. Space 20. Mario Bros 21. Exerion 22. Road Fighter 23. Dig Dug 24. Twin Bee GGY 25. Binary Land 26. Door Door 27. Spar Tanx 28. Super DynamLX 29. Wild Gunman 30. Ninja 31. Arabian 32. Helicopter 33. Donkey Kong 34. Lode Runner 35. Front Line 36. Antarctic 37. Sky Destroyer 38. Balloon Fight 39. Millipede 40. Circus Chablie 41. Golf 42. Clu Clu Land 43. Desert Champion 44. Combat 45. Baseball 46. Urban Champion 47. Macross 48. Milk Nusts 49. Slalom 50. Speed Tank 51. Elevator 52. Brush Roll 53. Ice Climber 54. Hogan's Alley 55. Burger Time 56. Pacman 57. Zippy Racer 58. Calculator 59. Clay Shoot 60. Toy Story 61. Tennis 62. Pinball 63. Lunar Ball 64. Monkey 65. Sqoon 66. Pooyan 67. Joust 68. Duck Hunt 69. Gyrodine 70. Excite Bike 71. Formation 72. Pain Fer 73. Mappy 74. Bomber Man 75. Magic Jewellery 76. Devil World
The console itself is a very cheap "refurbishment" of an N64 controller. The analogue stick remains, but is unusable/unmovable. It appears to have been pushed right through into the console, leaving just the thumb rest poking out, and then was glued into place.
You need either 4 batteries (not included) or an AC adapter (not included) to power it. The console connects to your TV via a scart cable, which has a white and yellow connector at the end which plugs into the actual console - this connection is VERY loose, and the TV images flicker and sometimes blackout completely with even the slightest movement of the controller, and the sound comes and goes with each flicker. It's very frustrating, and getting the connectors to stay in one place will probably require permanent fixture of the connectors to the console with glue or sellotape.
The console's display screen is basically just a list of games in a yellow typeface on a black background.
The games themselves are extremely "dinky" and infinitely infuriating. The graphics, as you can probably guess, are on par with those of the original Nintendo system (at best). But what do you want for 15 quid? That said, the console works intermittently, and it's really just a matter of luck if it happens to work on any particular day. This is my second one (the first had to be returned, shock!!) and I can't even be bothered sending this one back, plus I know if I do some other poor schmuck will probably end up with it.
This system would be fine if it wasn't for the shoddy workmanship; I can just picture some 4-year-old Korean kid bashing this thing together in a sweatshop for 4p an hour. Under the circumstances, he's done a fairly decent job, although the creaking sound you hear when you use the D-Pad will get very old very quick.
Very young kids (who don't know any better) would probably like the console if they've never heard of a Game Boy or the like. The same applies to your somewhat-tech-savvy middle-aged mum.
One good thing I can say about this console is that it's very "portable", in that you can take it anywhere where there's a somewhat modern telly to plug it into. Handy if for some bizarre reason you decide to take your kids on holiday; it'll keep 'em busy while you contemplate a murder/suicide pact (which would be a serious consideration after playing this thing for 5 or 6 minutes).
I think 3 stars out of 5 is a fair (i.e. overly generous) rating for this console. Unless you are 6 years old, 56 years old or suffering from a severe mental illness, I would steer clear.Read more ›