If you like quirky gadgets, whimsical design, and have heard of Untitled Goose Game, you’re going to L-O-V-E Panic’s Playdate.
The Playdate is a pocket game console from indie software house Panic, with hardware design help from Teenage Engineering, the company behind the iconic OP-1 and OP-Z synthesizers. One look at the Playdate’s specs will show it’s not a rival to the Nintendo Switch, or any other handheld console. It has a black and white screen, with no backlight; its games have names like Casual Birder, Executive Golf DX, and Echoic Memory. Oh, and it has a crank on the side.
The whole thing is an unashamed tribute to the original Game Boy, and the low-fi games of that era, only with a distinctly modern aesthetic and sense of playfulness. But who is this $179 device for?