You’ve got to feel a little sorry for the games industry – it spends millions producing polygon-soaked virtual films, and still we buy retro games consoles for a hit of Manic Miner. Well, now Logic3’s gone one further and made the 1980s arcade portable with this antique handheld.
What it lacks in the PSP’s multiplayer Wi-Fi gaming and PS2 graphics, the GamesPower 50 makes up for in raw gameplay. There are 50 titles pre-loaded and - although none are official classics - the cocktail of platformers, shoot ‘em-ups and racing games nod heavily to most of the favourites from your formative years.
You can either wile away the hours on the fly via the 2.5in screen, or handily carry on playing after school on your home telly via the AV out connection.
There’s also a 3.5mm headphone socket to keep your gaming antics secret on the bus, and it eats three AAA batteries rather than relying on a recharge.
It’s not exactly a Nintendo DS, and the harmonica-shaped Game Boy Micro is still our pick for nostalgic tomfoolery, but the GamesPower’s price of £35 makes it hard to beat for gaming-per-pound value. To grab one, head over to Spectravideo’s site.