Equipped with a crank, the Playdate is a very crisp and well finished console | TechBuzz

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We finally received our Playdate, a small console that stands out for its crank. The object is adorable. Its video game interest is already more debatable.

Video game enthusiasts discovered the Playdate in May 2019, a small yellow console decked out with a crank – a specificity that makes it unique and… intriguing. A coronavirus epidemic, having delayed the plans of the company behind its design, later and here we are finally in possession of this object sold for $ 179 (or € 179, excluding shipping costs, with delivery now scheduled for 2023). A few hours in his company are enough to say that everything is a bit atypical with this Playdate, endowed with an immediate charm from the unboxing.

When you buy the Playdate, you also receive 24 games, which will automatically install on the console’s storage space at the rate of two per week (which really gives you time to discover them). On the official website, it can be read that this is a first season, suggesting that there will be a second one in the future. Nothing has been confirmed in this regard for the moment, knowing that the Panic company is also counting on the effort of the community to fill the Playdate catalog – by providing a complete creation tool (accessible at this address).

The Playdate console, equipped with a crank
The packaging of the Playdate welcomes you. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

Exemplary finishes for such a small product

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After opening the small cardboard box protecting the Playdate, we are quickly seduced by Panic’s proposal concerning the hardware. Beyond the aesthetic considerations that make it an extremely cute product, a mix of neo-retro (a GameBoy microphone) and audacity (the crank, of course), the finishes are exemplary, almost surprising. We feel that the designers first wanted to give birth to a console that would not be a simple toy subject to ridicule. In terms of manufacturing quality, we are at the level of established manufacturers like Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo – which says a lot about the care taken by Panic. It’s even better, when compared to Nintendo’s Game & Watch. For collectors, it is a marvel.

An extremely cute product

We haven’t owned the Playdate long enough to judge its durability. But, we are quite confident, especially since it is quite easy to repair. Even the crank, which retracts to fit cleverly on the right edge, does not look fragile. Our only fear could ultimately come from the yellow color, which may be messy in the long term. In any case, the plastic is very pleasant to the touch, the buttons respond well when you click on them and the screen, although not backlit, monochrome and small, is readable. The single speaker, for its part, delivers a rendering powerful enough not to have to strain your ears (at worst, there is a jack port).

The Playdate console, equipped with a crank
The Playdate console, equipped with a crank. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

It will obviously be necessary to adapt to a somewhat old-fashioned ergonomics (there are so few buttons), never helped by measurements from another time. Yes, the Playdate is meant to slip easily into a pocket, but its narrowness may pose a problem for larger hands over long sessions. Except for this small defect, we take pleasure in browsing the Playdate, capable of offering 14 days of standby time – standby which constantly displays the time and date. As you will have understood, there are many good little ideas in this Playdate.

The Playdate console, equipped with a crank
The back of the Playdate console, equipped with a crank. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

Does the crank (still) have an interest?

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As the distribution of the first games of the Playdate is spread over several weeks (they are given in the form of gifts, with beautiful animations when you unbox them), we were not able to test everything. But, our experience still allows us to form an opinion on the crank: unfortunately, it is not always used as we would hope. Of course, we shouldn’t expect very ambitious games on the Playdate, rather small, more or less successful experiments. They bet a little on nostalgia to convince, with an overall feeling reminiscent of the first GameBoy.

The best showcase for hand-cranked gameplay is hands down Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, in which we embody a character who must go on time to a romantic date. You direct it only by activating the crank, knowing that you are actually acting on time: by winding upwards, you move it forward, by winding down, you move it back. The goal ? Avoid obstacles by handling the crank as well as possible, sometimes with millimeter precision. It’s really brilliant and, as a bonus, it’s very funny.

The Playdate console, equipped with a crank
The best game: Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure. // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

We also love how Casual Birder uses the main argument of the Playdate. In this adventure game, you have to take pictures. For them to be sharp, you have to focus using the crank. Again, this is smart use. On the other hand, it turns out to be much less convincing in Pick Pack Pup, a puzzle game ultimately very classic in gameplay, where the crank is only used to advance the dialogues. In the rhythm game Boogie Loops, it is not solicited at all, which is disappointing. In short, it must be understood that the crank is not always at the heart of the gameplay of the different games.

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There is therefore a bit of everything in the Playdate catalog, which is a little less attractive for its purely playful qualities. It should be seen more as a portal to mini-games a little sweets, which can as much amaze as disappoint. There is a ‘surprise bread’ side that is an integral part of the Playdate experience. It’s absurd, very surprising and deeply innovative.

It’s another way of consuming video games that will appeal a little more to curious people. Those who will not be afraid to go through all the emotions and who will go in search of all these little finds imagined by Panic (even the introduction linked to the first ignition is well worked out). We do not know what the future of the Playdate will be like, but the present will already satisfy lovers of objects a little on the sidelines. Its arguments are more than enough to prefer it to all the other mini consoles which are a little too satisfied with the bare minimum.



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