Tiger, Tiger: Emulated Electronic Games

By Alec Meer on March 24th, 2011 at 10:59 am.

Two colours 4eva

Today’s most beautiful website ever is also full of playable games from our distant, dusty youth. Specifically, scanned, digitised, lovingly recreated and fully playable browser-based versions of those electronic LCD handhelds older gentleman such as myself pined for back in the 1980s. I seem to remember Tiger Electronics made the ones my erstwhile schoolmates so brazenly wielded, but the Pica Pic site seems to specialise in delectably strange Russian and Eastern European versions. I definitely owned Merry Cook at some point, but I’m sure it had a different name and played a tinny Beethoven tune throughout.

Beautiful to behold, timelessly aggravating to play. Take a look now, before some miserable bastard gets their copyright broom out and spoils it for everyone. Via @byronicman.

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45 Comments »

  1. mojo says:

    веселый повар!

  2. Lewie Procter says:

    First thing I ever bought with my own (birthday) money:
    http://i.imgur.com/21trD.jpg

  3. itsallcrap says:

    THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER.

  4. sonofsanta says:

    I used to have a massively chunky watch that had a Simspons LCD game on. Loved it to bits, and it was in no way, shape or form suitably sized for a 5 year old’s wimpy wrist, despite still being too small to actually be playable.

    Still, brilliant. And the summers were all scorching hot and lasted for weeks and an ice cream cost you 20p etc. etc.

    • Premium User Badge JB says:

      My youngest daughter is now the proud owner of my old Super Mario Brothers 3 LCD game watch. Still works, as you mentioned though, it’s just small enough to be almost unplayable.

      Good times.

  5. Hoaxfish says:

    G-man, did not contain Gordon Freeman at all.

  6. MadHattr says:

    Merry cook is a “version” of Nintendo FP-24 Chef.
    I used to have one where someone needed to catch eggs.
    Cue soviet childhood nostalgia wave in 3, 2, 1…

    • Hoaxfish says:

      “Cue soviet childhood nostalgia wave”

      Where eggs catch you?

  7. HeavyStorm says:

    Brilliant. Too bad I didn’t found the one’s I had as a kid.

  8. bill says:

    You know, in a few generations kids will look at these with wonder and be unable to imagine that people got fun from playing them. Then I will feel old.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      How fun does stick with a hoop look to you?

      … actually, I think that does look kinda fun, but you’d probably get run over by a passing car if you tried it these days

    • Rich says:

      Ah well, you say that but when I was a kid they were everywhere. I think I owned two, a wipe out-esque dodging game and a teenage mutant hero turtles one.

      …I found them fun for about 5 minutes, largely because I sucked so badly at them.

  9. jon_hill987 says:

    No Turtle Bridge. :(

    I am disappointed.

  10. Gunrun says:

    So since when did RPS cover handhelds >:(

    (Kidding)

  11. Adam Dawes says:

    Looks great, but it would be even greater if they had BMX Flyer on there. I used to love that game. :-)

  12. sfury says:

    Ну, Погоди!

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      Hmm ok am gonna try to pronouce that … is it “Noo, Pogady”? What does it mean? :D Am trying to learn russian lol

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      Google translate says its “Now, wait”, but is that the intended meaning?

    • DSR says:

      Basically “Just you wait!”
      An exclamation used by Volk(Wolf) in a Soviet cartoon.

    • Kollega says:

      Well, it roughly translates to “Just you wait!”, and it actually comes from the name of one cartoon – from which this game took it’s characters – which was pretty much Tom & Jerry with a Soviet slant. You can look it up if you want to.

      Edit: Oh look, even on such a narrow subject as old Soviet cartoons, i got ninja’d. Talk about “luck” and absence thereof.

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      Hi thanks guys! Yeah the actual meaning of it seems very different to what the raw words seem to convey, its so useful to have fluent speakers to explain things. “Just you wait” has a very different feel to “Now, wait”. Thanks for the cartoon DSR! @ Kollega, yeah I get ninja’d all the time too :D

    • Superbest says:

      Late as I may be, I’d like to add that Nu Pogodi is a bit of a Russian Bugs Bunny, if anything. There’s a Soviet cartoon with asshole mice and an oafish cat, I don’t recall the name but the cat is called Leopold.

      In any case, if you’ve grown up in Russia and have a soul, you should remember “Леопольд, подлый трус!” Speaking of which, thanks for the nostalgia rush, jerks! /runs off to cry

  13. Nero says:

    I love the Mickey & Donald game (still have it somewhere) and it was fun to multitask on your own or even though it was easier play two players at once. Great find!

  14. Richard Beer says:

    I had Donkey Kong. It was a big orange thing with two screens and, until it was nicked by someone at school, my prized possession. I was always convinced it was possible to win these kinds of games and that when one did something amazing would happen. Ahh the innocent power of childhood imagination… where has it gone?

  15. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Hi there, I’m learning russian at the mo, and keep seeing sentences starting with “Ny…”. What does this actually mean? My book doesnt tell me! I love the cyrillic alphabet though. Difficult for me to learn to hand-write, being so used to only the roman alphabet for the last 33 years!

  16. Horza says:

    It has Donkey Kong JR! The first videogame I ever owned. Possibly even one of the first ones I ever played.

    Oh the nostalgia.

  17. DudeBro says:

    Holy farkin shite. I used to own the brown version of the Merry Cook game, just as pictured…Haven’t seen that damn thing in 15 years, so I imagine my surprise when seeing a shot of it on RPS of all places. Made me register and post this comment, it did…

    For the record, it wasn’t fun at all – even back in the 80′s when I received it. Very nostalgic for me though….

  18. innokenti says:

    “Ну” best trasnlates as “well” I think. It’s a filler word to some extent and can also be a warning or an exclamation preceding amazement, disbelief, anger. That sort of thing.

    In the case of “Ну, Погоди” which is the title of a cartoon (think Tom and Jerry but with a Wolf and Hare and much more exciting) it means “Just you wait”.

  19. Robmonster says:

    Absolutely amazing!

    I lost many an hour to Donkey Kong Jnr.

  20. 3lbFlax says:

    Now I can recount my greatest victory: the time we had a raffle at school for a G&W Donkey Kong Jr. I was in line for a ticket and muddled oaf Matthew Boxford lumbered up and barged in front of me, grinning around with his big square face. And then later that week, I won. I WON! With the very ticket that was rightfully his if only he’d queued politely. It was a noted triumph for weedy kids who let themselves be pushed around, and the fact he didn’t bother to batter me and take the game afterwards really was the cherry on the cake. That and the fact that the PE teacher called me Donkey Kong for the rest of the year.

  21. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Hi there! Thanks very much for that. Its always a struggle learning a new language to differentiate between a translation, and what is really meant, so its really helpful to have that explained. It sort of fills in the emotion behind the phrase. Now if only I could get to grips with all the genders and cases, I would be getting somewhere!

  22. Fumarole says:

    Well this takes me way back for sure; I had Donkey Kong Jr. as a young’un. Huzzah!

  23. terry says:

    Very cool. No “Lucky Pirates” alas :(

  24. Carra says:

    Tiger, tiger, is that a reference to “the stars, my destination”?

    • Lilliput King says:

      Probably just that poem that everyone loves so damn much.

      POEMS

  25. Thirith says:

    I remember my parents buying me and my sister two of these for long car rides when we went to Southern France on holiday. What they hadn’t counted on was that we wanted to play with the sound on. Ten minutes later and they took the games away again because otherwise my dad would’ve driven us into the nearest wall to keep himself from going mad.

  26. der_baer_fm says:

    Nu Pogodi! Summercamp “Ho-Chi-Minh” GDR 1989, my first “videogame”.

  27. Smoof says:

    I’m reminded of how terrible many of these were. I owned quite a few in my childhood and certainly played them quite a bit as they were pretty much all I had; however, nostalgia isn’t gripping me with these.

  28. ZIGS says:

    I don’t see Tronica’s Space Revenger. This must be corrected at once!

  29. valentingalea says:

    May I direct you to a similar retro game I happened to program: LCD Car Racing?
    Attention, it’s a Facebook game, if you are offended of such things stay away, but I assure you it’s good fun!

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  31. BobsLawnService says:

    No Octopus which is theone I used to play for hours on long car trips.

  32. Vec says:

    Great site . Play every time I can . Does anyone know how are these games being transfered to pc ? What programs were used ? Any information is much appreciated .