Holiday Message

We are packing all of our stock away for PLAY Expo London (www.playexpolondon.com) where we will be exhibiting all weekend. The show will be London's biggest ever retro expo so we strongly advise anyone who is a retro fan to come along to this amazing event! The store and ordering is now closed until Tuesday 14th August. You can still send us messages while we are away and we will answer when we return.

Atari Lynx

The Atari Lynx is Atari's only handheld game console, and the first such machine with a colour display. The system is notable for its forward-looking features, advanced graphics, and ambidextrous format. The Lynx was released in 1989, the same year as Nintendo's (monochromatic) Game Boy.

The Atari Lynx had several innovative features including it being the first colour handheld, with a backlit display, a switchable right-handed/left-handed (upside down) configuration, and the ability to network with up to 17 other units via its "ComLynx" system (though most games would network eight or fewer players).

The Lynx was also the first gaming console with hardware support for zooming/distortion of sprites, allowing fast pseudo-3D games with unrivalled quality at the time and a capacity for drawing filled polygons with limited CPU intervention.

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The games were originally meant to be loaded from tape, but it changed to using ROM, but the loading didn't change so the data had to be loaded from ROM to RAM before it could be used, thereby eating up memory and making the games slower than necessary.

The system was developed by Epyx as the "Handy" and completed in 1987, at which point Atari bought the rights to it. Atari changed the internal speaker and removed the thumb-stick on the control pad before releasing it as the Lynx two years later, initially retailing in the US at USD $189.95. The two creators of the system, RJ Mical and Dave Needle, were also members of the Amiga design team and much to the frustration of Atari, the Amiga was used as the software development platform.

In 1991, Atari relaunched the Lynx with new packaging, slightly improved hardware, and a new sleek look. The new system (referred within Atari as the "Lynx II") featured rubber hand grips and a clearer backlit colour screen with a power save option. It also replaced the monaural headphone jack of the original Lynx with one wired for stereo.

Though technologically superior to the Game Boy, Nintendo's marketing muscle, domination of 3rd party developers, and quality first party game releases (particularly Tetris) meant the Lynx was soon marginalized. The Lynx also suffered from needing more batteries (six versus four in the original Game Boy) which managed to run down much faster. The more powerful CPU of the Lynx, plus its backlit screen, would drain a set of six AA batteries in only four hours (five to six hours in the Lynx II).

The Lynx was also physically larger than it needed to be; Atari had followed the advice of focus groups who wanted a bigger unit because that gave them "more" for their money (much of the inside of the Lynx's housing was empty air). It also didn't help that the Lynx was sold at a substantially higher price than the Game Boy. By the mid-1990s, the Atari Lynx was no longer widely available.

The Sega Game Gear followed a similar formula to the Atari Lynx, and the Game Gear did fare somewhat better due to stronger marketing and better titles. At the same time, the Game Gear was also plagued by similar problems that hurt the Lynx; higher price, shorter battery life, larger size and the Game Boy's dominance of the portable video game market.

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Power Factor

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Transdimensional intruders from the Ceeg dimension have invaded our space. Only Redd Ace, with his TRANSMAT Multi-Ordinance Weapon, can enter our dimension's reactor and find the six bomb components needed to destroy the Ceegarians.

World Class Soccer

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All the thrills and excitement of the world's most popular game are right in your hands! Play against a friend or against the computer.

APB

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In this real arcade game you and Officer Bob must search out and collar the perps who've engaged in such heinous criminal activities as littering, speeding, and assorted other forms of misconduct too despicable to mention! But while you're out there, patrolling the streets in Officer Bob's police car, don't forget to refuel! Stop in at your friendly neighborhood donut shop and gain extra time. There are innocent bystanders and vehicles in A.P.B. If you hit one you get demerits.

Todds Adventures in Slime World

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You are Todd, the explorer of new worlds. It's your adventure to travel deep into Slime World, the gooiest, drippiest place around. There are scary blobs to shoot and lots of objects and weapons to find. "Link up" with up to seven of your fellow slimers for an awesome multiplayer adventure.

Pinball Jam

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Choose "Elvira and the Party Monsters" or "Police Force." Shoot, flip, and bump the ball in realistic, high-speed pinball action.

Hockey

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Your skates send up a shower of ice crystals as you screech to a stop and send a shot whizzing for the far corner of the goal. The buzzer sounds... but it's good! Tie score! Now are you ready for the shootout?

Malibu Bikini Volleyball

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Welcome to Malibu: Volleyball capital of the world. This is where the best come to play - and show off their tans. If you want in, sign up. But keep your eyes on the ball... there'll be plenty of time for bikini-watching after the match!

European Soccer Challenge

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European Soccer Challenge gives you all the excitement and tension of the European Challenge Cup in this action packed version of the world's most popular game featuring over 170 teams from 32 countries. Has your team got what it takes?

Basketbrawl

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Vinnie and Slash are bleeding from knife wounds and the ref is out cold! No wonder the gang members nicknamed this game "Basketbrawl." To them it's not a game - it's a street fight!

Switchblade 2

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After 200 years, the evil Ninja Lord Havok has returned! Only Hiro has the power to free the empire. But Havok is stronger than before and Hiro has not had to fight for two centuries. Is he up to the task? Are you?

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