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September 9, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Dream Gear's Retro Machine boasts 220 games no one has heard of

I'm accustomed to finding these all-in-one video game units at the toy store. Most of them are about $20 and offer a dozen games that can be played when you connect it to your TV. This small unit, The Retro Machine, from Dream Gear caught my eye with it's 200 buil-in games.

Dream Gear's Retro Machine - portable arcade My mind began to spin at the notion of 200 arcade game. With that many games, it must contain all of my favorites from the Golden Age, right?

Normally, this is the sort of product I'd snatch up and run to the checkout with a dopey smile on my face. However, the claim of 200 games seemed a bit too good to be true. I'm sure this compact gaming contraption sports 200 games, but I'm not sure any of us have heard of it's vast collection.

Wouldn't you think a retro gamer would recognize a few of the highlighted titles on the back of the box. I didn't recognize any of the titles or game screens. They only featured a handful, but I didn't know any of them.

The final straw was it's 2.5" color screen. Until I discovered that facet, I assumed it connected to a TV set like similar units. No - it does not... because it has a very small screen. Even the Atari Flashback 5 has yet to crack 100 built-in games. I have my doubts that the Retro Machine managed to put 200 real arcade games into this device.

If the Retro Machine had 200 arcade games that I'd seen in arcades, I'd pay twice the price and would have bought it instantly. One of their selling points is: "Nostalgic feel with modern games". I'm not sure what that means in terms of it's game offering. I had to leave this one on the shelf.

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