Found a couple of cool old 80's handheld pocket games the other day, and for those of you that remember my Jetsons post back in 2018 (CLICK HERE) this Bat Man driving game is pretty much the same wondrous dime store toy comprised of flimsy paper and cheapo plastic. This time you're driving a black car that looks more like a Porsche than the Batmobile, and as you scroll the dial on the bottom left with your thumb, you maneuver the steering wheel with your other digits, dodging DC villains as you cautiously careen around the many twists and treacherous turns. Pulverize Penguin's umbrella at the pass! Run right over Riddler's foot as you race down the wrong route! Get the last laugh and floor it to the finish as Joker Junction eats your holy bat dust!
As usual, fun for about 2 minutes. Tops. The unfortunate quality of this product remains it's greatest obstacle, but it still looks great displayed on my shelf next to the Jetsons game.
Now a much better constructed handheld game, and miles more fun (I actually laid in bed playing it for over an hour the other night), is Tomy's Pac Man Pocketgame based on the super 80's mega arcade hit video game. Move your Pac Man back and forth along the bottom (his mouth actually opens and closes too!) as you release the BB's from the top, catching them in your mouth to SCORE as they quickly roll down through the peg maze above you. Eat 'em up, or they fall into the OUT slot. It's harder than it looks, and brilliantly designed too in its own simple way-- PLUS, it still matches the ingeniously fun concept of the Namco arcade classic, only this time you're silently eatin' balls mechanically instead of lights 'n sounds electronically.
Someone on Youtube shot a video of it in action so I don't have to-- check it out HERE.
*WOKKA WOKKA WOKKA*