These Handheld Digital Games Will Bring You Way, Way Back to the Future
Relive your pocket-full-of-quarters days with classic handheld arcade games and computer-lab favorites.
Graham Steinberg · 5 months ago
Thanks for checking out our product recommendations! Just a heads-up, Camp may make some money if you shop from any of the external links on this page. Pricing and availability may have changed since this page was published.
These days we’re reminiscing about a simpler time — a time of stale popcorn, stacks of quarters, and greasy Atari joysticks. Let’s relive the arcade days with these handheld games!
1. Basic Fun Carmen Sandiego Handheld Game
Where in the world is she?! Indisputably the hottest game at my middle school computer lab, Carmen Sandiego is back in handheld form with all her classic missions ready to be replayed by the next generation (and probably some parents too).
2. TMNT Pinball
Everybody’s favorite nonsensical cartoon creatures, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, are back in a big way. We’ve crushed a fully functional pinball machine into the palm of your hand. Take it with you on the plane, on the train, or while battling criminals in the sewers of New York.
3. Basic Fun Mini Arcade Games Frogger
Teach your kids why they should always use the crosswalk as they try to navigate Frogger across a freeway that would give Los Angeles a run for its money. This arcade classic has the look, sound, and feel of the game you remember from your childhood.
4. MicroArcade Tetris
We’re just going to keep going smaller and smaller. This old-fashioned Tetris game is the size of a credit card but packed with loads of sound effects, bright colors, and all the controls you need.
5. Tiger Electronics Little Mermaid Edition
Inspired by the original Tiger games from the 1990s, these great handhelds are brought back to life. Help Ariel pick up the possessions she needs to become human while dodging Ursula the evil sea witch!
6. Tiger Electronics Transformers Edition
The next Tiger game brings us into the battle of the millenia, between the Autobots and Decepticons. Help Optimus Prime through four stages of gameplay as he stops Starscream from creating total destruction.
7. Tiger Electronics X-Men Edition
We love these handheld arcade games so much, here’s a third option! This one will have you playing as beloved X-Men team member Cyclops as he fights Juggernaut and Apocalypse.
8. Tiger Electronics Sonic Edition
Our final classic handheld arcade game will have you playing as the speedster Sonic through six jampacked stages of gameplay as he battles Dr. Eggman.
9. Speak & Spell
Your favorite robot synthesizer is back! Help your early readers and writers learn how to spell over 200 words using a variety of games in this classic from the 1970s.
10. Oregon Trail Handheld Game
And now for my personal favorite… Choose a profession, stock up on supplies, and set off on the Oregon Trail in one of the most popular computer games of all time, revived in handheld form. While we’re all stuck hanging around inside, this is the perfect way to see the great outdoors for kids and adults alike. Don’t forget to watch out for that pesky dysentery!
The best things never really go out of style, and that’s especially true when it comes to crafting!
Sarah Burns · 1 day ago
Make square bubbles, bubble snakes, and DIY bubble wands and blowers with these how-tos.
Maria Bailey · about 3 hours ago
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... pizza kite?
Margo Gothelf · 6 days ago
Do you really love trucks? Well, you're in lucks.
Margo Gothelf · 7 days ago