Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Handheld electronic games were the big hit at the beginning of the 1980s, when every kid wanted a small portable plastic device for playing video games wherever and whenever he or she wanted. Hundreds of games, created by dozens of manufacturers, swarmed the toy stores, showcasing unique colours, shapes, artworks, displays and designs. And all are the subjects of collectors' dreams nowadays.

I spotted the beauties featured below -- except the last two from my collection -- last Saturday at the PixelCon 2 retro gaming event, in Budapest, Hungary, organised by Insert Coin. Here are 13 handheld electronic game portraits isolated on black background for your viewing pleasure.

Do you own any classic handheld game from the Eighties? Show us in the comments! Have fond memories of playing one of these? Tell us about it!

Invader (Gakken, Taiwan, 1983)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

UFO Master-Blaster Station (Bambino, Japan, 1979)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

PacMan 2. (Entex Electronics, Taiwan, 1980)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Rocket Pinball (Tiger Electronic Toys, Taiwan, 1979)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Pack'n Maze (Hanzawa, Taiwan, 1982)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Hungry Pac II (Actronics/Hanzawa, Taiwan, 1981)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Puck Man (Tomy LSI, Japan, 1982)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Terra-Hit (Tomy, Japan, 1979)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Space Invader (Entex, Taiwan, 1981)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Blastergame (Shinsei, Japan, c1980)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Midway Ms. Pac-Man (Coleco, USA, 1983)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Weltraumspiel (Bandai, Japan, 1980)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

UFO Space Chaser (Toybox, Japan, 1979)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Photos, top gif: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo. Many thanks to Kóceráj Poharazó.