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Given the price, this is excellent. It plays most ROM files well. There are a few points to note though. There is no paddle so the few included paddle games do not respond well to the substituted controls. The original console's difficulty and B/W switch are absent so some game options cannot be accessed and games that rely on these cannot be played properly or at all (e.g. Starmaster). There is no brightness control either and you'll need to purchase another cable to play on a TV - if you wanted to. The sound is okay but the picture is pleasantly sharp and clear. The controls are adequate enough for most games and generally work well. Some of the included titles are so-so and questionable but the SD card slot saves the day and almost every 2600 and 7800 game runs fine. The 7800 ones seem a little fast but okay. There is no Pokey support for 7800 Ballblazer or Commando though. Have used mine a few hours and batteries are still strong. Overall, and given the price, this is great value and is highly recommended for fans and those appreciative of the Atari library. Just get the SD card version of the console as there is another version without the slot. I am very happy with this purchase.
I've read reviews saying this device is cheap looking/feeling. That's ridiculous. Its build is great, of course it's plastic.. what do you expect for twenty quid?! Personally, I love the look and feel of it - instantly takes me back to the 2600 I had as a kid. Despite the small size, the screen has great brightness and resolution too. However, I definitely can't give 5 stars for similar reasons others have pointed out. Some games are a little glitchy, and don't run at their original speed. Also, without instructions some games are a complete mystery. BUT, it doesn't take anyone a few minutes to google game instructions anyway! I like this device, although it is a shame that it wasn't made with a rechargeable built-in lithium battery. I'm planning to buy some to gift people. Happy memories!
You can add Atari 2600 AND Atari 7800 NTSC (USA) roms to a microsd card and slot it in and they just work. Even Pitfall 2 works.
Only negatives so far is it takes 4x AAA batteries rather than having a built-in Lithium battery charged by USB, it doesn’t have all the switches an Atari has (no BW/Color switch so you can’t play Starmaster), and as usual there isn’t a paddle controller for paddle games.
Also the 7800 games do seem to play too quickly but still playable.
Screen is small, as noted in other reviews, and the product generally feels quite cheaply made. That said, nostalgia was enough for me to decide to keep it (I just love the VCS/2600 version of Missile Command, for example) - that was, until the joypad start sticking after only a few hours of use.
The actual item is very good but the games can appear to make no sense without searching online for the instructions. The games are very basic and unless you played these back in the day then you may find that the games are of no interest. The SD card slot is great for adding games which weren't included. I bought this for a relative who was interested in owning one but unfortunately the delivery driver ruined the packaging by trying to force it through my letterbox so I had to return it and purchase elsewhere.
While the product is built well enough and the are some good Atari games here. there are a few games which I had no idea what was going on the handheld could do with instructions manual. My other niggle is it could do with more games for the price still a good gaming device.