I didn’t have a Game Boy until much later, but I did have a shoebox full of these gems! Some were pretty great, like Baseball, Karate King, and the handful of pinball variants that various companies manufactured, but many of the licensed properties were complete trash! The worst, I think, was Sonic The Hedgehog which had an impassible section of water that effectively ended the game. Suffice it to say: the later the release date of the game unit, the worse it was–up to the R Zone and Game.Com platforms which signaled the impending end of the LCD gaming era. Over twenty years later, I can still here those little beeps in my mind’s ear–oh the hours I whiled away!
Tiger Electronics’ LCD-based games shouldn’t have been as successful as they were against the Game Boy. But the company was anything but a failure. Why?