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Review: The Playdate is fun but its quirks may wind you up

Panic’s handheld has plenty of charm but cranky types need not apply

3 / 5
Review: The Playdate is fun but its quirks may wind you up

At launch, the Playdate is a quirky and fun handheld with plenty of potential. Until that potential is met, though, its methodical content delivery process may prove frustrating, at least until its community supports it with more games that can be sideloaded.

  • The small screen means the picture is nice and sharp
  • The 24 games in Season One provide a nice variety of genres and lengths
  • The crank is a fun gimmick
  • Lack of a backlight means the screen may annoy some users
  • Game delivery schedule can be frustratingly slow
  • Pretty expensive for what it is (especially when importing)
3 / 5
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