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Here are some of our favourites before iPads and mobile phones consigned them to history. MB Simon was the Flappy Bird of the 80s, a deceptively simple game that quickly became utterly infuriating.
It had four coloured buttons, each with its own tone, and it would play a pattern you then had to repeat. It might not look like much, but the difficulty spike was immense: Tomy Decades before Drive Club, Tomy offered all the thrills and spills of high speed driving in a single high tech gadget.
It was mechanical rather than digital and boasted approximately no features whatsoever, but it was an absolute hoot. The 80s version was a lot simpler, with a single game — Donkey Kong, perhaps, or The Legend of Zelda — on a mono screen.
Tandy Cosmic Fire Away Picture: Tandy Imagine the thrill: It was one of very many tiny arcade games we managed to break during our formative years.
Pong Pong was a game changer: Pac-Man, the board game Picture: MB Pac-Man was a huge hit in the arcades, and in the board game was released to cash in on its soaraway success. Waterful Ring Toss Picture: It was a glorified calculator with little red lights representing the players, and it was as close as we got to FIFA.
MB Big Trak was recently re-released to cash in on the trend for retro tech, but you can only appreciate its amazingness in the context of its time: Advertisement It taught us programming without us realising it. Game Boy This was the eighties iPhone: It took over the world, introduced us to both handheld multiplayer and to Pokemon, and it changed the gender balance of gaming: Loved by kids and loathed by parents, Mr Microphone was a mic with a built-in AM radio transmitter that enabled you to yell through nearby radios.
We just thought it was fun. There were all kinds: Fighting Fantasy books In , three very unusual books topped the bestsellers lists: There were 59 books in all, and we suspect we played every single one of them.