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Post by martin_lovick » Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:52 pm

I received my PlayPal from play asia today (cheers for the heads-up RG!) and I have to say, its GREAT little device.

Its essentially a SEGA Master System/Game Gear emulated on a custom chip. It runs from AAA batteries so no need to bother with plugging it in or recharging (although you can plug it in if you can find a 5V DC supply). It has a nice bright back lit screen and the sound quality is reasonable (it also has a head phone socket).

Quite a varied selection of Game Gear/Master System games although missing some of the more well-known titles (probably licensing fees), its a good first attempt. Its got a few Sonic games , Alex Kidd and Columns variants

It includes:
Sonic Drift 2
Sonic Triple Trouble
Alex Kidd high Tech World
Alex Kidd Miracle World
Altered Beast
Assault City
Astro Warrior
Aztec Adventure
Bomber Raid
Coulmns
Ecco II Tides of Time
Fantasy Zone
Fantasy Zone Te Maze
Global Defense
Kung Fu Kid
The Ninja
Penguin Land
Quartet
Snail Maze
Super Columns

That selection hits most bases, youve got your shooters, platform games, puzzle games, adventure games

The thing I like with this device is that the games are all built in. You don't need any separate carts to carry about and so it would be great for traveling. Also, if you get near a TV, you can plug it into the composite port of your TV.

If that wasnt enough, theres also people working on the EPROM inside to load different games into it(over at SMSPower).

For 15 quid its a worthy addition to any retro collection in my opinion

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Post by KW » Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:17 pm

It's a great little device isn't? I have spent hours playing mine, although the light gun games are tricky on the handheld.

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Post by Emperor Fossil » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:34 pm

Sounds great. Is there any/much blur when scrolling? What's the d-pad like?

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Post by martin_lovick » Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:37 am

I havent noticed any particular issues with blur. It all seems a nice crisp image.

The buttons feel quite solid

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Post by SirClive » Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:04 am

How much was shipping?
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Post by martin_lovick » Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:28 am

about £2

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Post by SirClive » Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:32 am

Blimey! I have been stung for big shipping costs on PlayAsia before. Might well try and pick up one of those myself now :)
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Post by KW » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:58 pm

Always pick the bubble wrap option that is registered but without tracking (esp small orders) I've never had anything go missing and not had to pay customs a penny

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Post by The Master » Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:03 am

On the other hand, for larger orders I've always used UPS, and so far customs haven't got me there either...

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Post by Nitters » Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:54 pm

Mine arrived today - must say I'm very happy with it. Best 20 notes I've spent in ages.
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Post by Sureshot » Sat Sep 29, 2007 7:33 pm

Looks sweet, might pick one up myself. Any idea how long the batteries last?

Edit: Put down for one, so I'll find out myself soon enough ;) That EEPROM project sounds awesome too.

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Post by martin_lovick » Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:45 am

Heres the link to the SMSPower forums atricle talking about changing the games

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Post by stejay » Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:50 am

Paypal has never let me down

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Post by SirClive » Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:13 am

stejay wrote:Paypal has never let me down

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Post by stejay » Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:13 am

I got confused sorry, with PAYPAL :oops:

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