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Title: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 05, 2012, 01:06:02 PM
Thought I would share this with you . . . pre-ordered a GameGadget and it arrived today (on time too). Good so far? :)
I have GameGadget console number 0022 . . . still good?

First impressions:-
Box is very well designed and manufactured, manual is concise and well written, letter of introduction is excellent, good headphones and AV cable (for plugging into TV) all good.
Handheld itself is a good size but not too big - not as well manufactured as a DS but still pretty solid. Screen is very clear indeed. In the letter they mention there is a bug with the sound, when you first turn the gamegadget on you have to have the headphones plugged in. This, they are hoping, will be fixed in a firmware update asap.

Plugged into my Mac and as mentioned in the manual and gone to the website. This is where a small issue starts - the software to Activate is not available yet . . . so the machine itself is unusable . . . little bit disappointed but I can wait.

Bonus bits . . . 30 free games if you buy it now and of course £20 off too. So £80 for 30 Mega Drive games is not so good but . . . I will update this when the software is available and let you know what is what then . . .

Overall pretty good so far . . . updates later.

Andy
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: levs on April 05, 2012, 10:10:42 PM
it will be intresting to see how these compare to the gamepark and mod psp, been thinking of purchasing one mysel. Wahts the build like Andy?
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 05, 2012, 10:15:24 PM
It is pretty good - as good as the gamepark stuff . . . not as good as the DS etc though I guess?

A
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: billdooruk on April 05, 2012, 10:57:06 PM
Interesting little thing....as I've no spare money I'll stick with my Nomad ;)
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 05, 2012, 10:59:34 PM
I am a lucky lad to be honest - I have NO money at all - my dad has purchased it for me . . . for now! :)

A
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 18, 2012, 10:07:39 AM
well . . . what a mixed bag this is . . . waited two weeks and now can finally use it . . . :)

First impressions were average - the 30 games are pretty much run of the mill stuff.
However, I have now copied several (!) megadrive games to the SD card and yep they are ALL playable. This feature may be taken out in future releases as they want you to BUY them all.
Lots of things promised . . . only time will tell . . . at the moment I would give it 6/10 . . . :)

Andy
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: muguk on April 29, 2012, 09:08:38 PM
Price drop as of 27th April to £60.  Might be interested now (got some Amazon vouchers due for 5 years' service) so it'd only "cost" £10 once Amazon drop their price (it's still £99).  

But selling the games at £3 a pop - no chance!

However, If it's been hacked then it becomes a lot more use.  

What's the maximum SDHC size Andy?  Got a few (!) 8gb and 16gb SDHC cards that could be used.

How much Lunix (smelling pistake intentional) knowledge is needed? Mainly because I can't stand that OS :)  Every emulator under the sun that has a Lunix port will work?  Or does the 320x240 screen resolution limit what's usable and what's not?





Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 29, 2012, 09:22:10 PM
From what I can see Mike - it is going to go mental 'homebrew' wise . . . already very impressed with the 'SANDBOX' mode - basically boots into Linux (various flavours already) - I don't have any large SD cards at the moment but again from what I can see it will take pretty much any new card - must be formatted (new fresh format) to FAT32 in windows! and must be SDHC. You will need a basic knowledge of Linux (very basic) but don't let it put you off.

Already played DOOM - very impressive - full speed - no blurring . . . looking forward to what they do next with it. Still a few issues to sort out but when they do - amazing I guess? I have signed up as a developer - need to re-install linux on my mac sometime to see what it going on . . . :)

A
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: muguk on April 29, 2012, 09:38:53 PM
And I'm assuming all of this dodgy stuff isn't in the official FB group? :)
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 29, 2012, 09:40:35 PM
It's on the official forums! :)

Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 30, 2012, 06:26:06 PM
erm . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mCO9J3M99g&list=UUqLnCAcGk9R-R-xJ6gXwasA&index=2&feature=plcp

:)
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: muguk on April 30, 2012, 07:09:55 PM
Turns out the £50 may not be paid out on (or near) the date of my 5th anniversary.  Might have to wait until Xmas for it - but sod turning up to the Xmas party to pick it up though. 
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 30, 2012, 07:28:34 PM
currently playing LOTS of emulators . . . Amstrad CPC, PSOne etc . . . they run reasonably fast - none for some reason have sound at the moment tho' - won't take them long to tweak them . . . ;)

A

PS - It gets better as time goes on . . .
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: rewind on May 02, 2012, 03:53:13 PM
If I saw one of those at the car boot I'd probably think it was half a DS lite and skip past it lol
 :P
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: levs on December 07, 2012, 07:54:38 PM
Dragging an old post up..... But any update Andy? Is it still working ok?

Levs
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on December 07, 2012, 08:26:26 PM
total shite mate - the battery is completely dead - got a returns number the other day and need to send it back . . . not impressed at all! :(

A
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: levs on December 07, 2012, 11:04:17 PM
Glad I asked! Nearly purchased one, tho much cheaper than £60,(29.99) don't think I will bother now, shame, :(
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: muguk on December 08, 2012, 10:55:47 AM
There are handheld Android-based consoles available (similar to my MK808 in power but with built-in joypad, screen and speakers) available from the usual places.  Probably pre-rooted too as they're all sold by the usual Chinese drop-shipping companies.

The only caveat is watch out for the cheaper ones with the resistive screens as you'll have no end of problems trying games that use the pinch manoeuvre.
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: muguk on April 27, 2014, 08:23:30 PM
Funstock have these on special offer at the mo this week @ £20. 

http://www.funstock.co.uk/gamegadget-v2

Might pick one up at Replay: Blackpool this weekend if they're keeping them at this price :)
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 27, 2014, 08:51:18 PM
I purchased one of these 'early on' and they truly are fekking terrible. The worst thing is the audio - so bad it is easier to turn the sound off. :(

Suppose they are worth £20 though. ;)

A
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: muguk on April 28, 2014, 07:36:26 AM
I purchased one of these 'early on' and they truly are fekking terrible. The worst thing is the audio - so bad it is easier to turn the sound off. :(

Suppose they are worth £20 though. ;)

A

Compared to the MK808 at RCM, they're much, much worse?  (if you forgive the audio problems)?

Am I better off leaving emulators on my Note 3 then?
Title: Re: Review : GameGadget
Post by: AndyRCM on April 28, 2014, 02:16:39 PM
Honestly the emulation is pretty good . . . sound is horrendous.

A