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BittBoy 3.5 Review - 21 Jun 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

BittboyI recently got a PocketGo V2.1. But before that, I wanna talk about the first system I got from BittBoy--- the Bittboy Version 3.5 console.

The Bittboy 3.5, that- I will just be calling 'Bittboy' from this point onward, is a small, Gameboy-like open source console that basically emulates many systems and has a few game ports such as Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and such on it. It uses a MicroSD card for storage. I also upgraded the base firmware to MiyooCFW. This is a common, suggested upgrade. I did not use the base firmware much so my usage is based on using this firmware in this review!

The BittBoy at first glance appears to be a Gameboy like device. It's small, It's basically 5 inch by 3 inch in size. It has a d-pad, four main buttons, and two sub buttons for select and start. It also has a system button just under the screen.

It feels good in the hands, and fits in my pocket easily. This has become my 'go to' when I need to go to a doctor's appointment to tool around with and play.

It plays quite well. It handles everything up to the Gameboy Advance just fine.... though Super Nintendo speed will depend on the game. Out of the box on the firmware, I had access to an Amiga Emulator, Gameboy/Gameboy Color emulator, NES, SNES, Master System and Game Gear, Colecovision, Sega Genesis/32x/CD, Atari 2600, Atari Lynx, PC Engine, MAME Arcade, Neo Geo, DOS/PC x86, Pokemini, Wondeswan, PS1, Vectrex, MSX. There's also many game ports available such as Doom being the primary one I use.

I had wonderful experiences with the Gameboy, NES, Master System/GG, Sega Genesis/CD, Atari 2600 and Lynx, and PC Engine, Pokemini and Vectrex emulators. They all ran super great and at 60 FPS for most of the time. I had less than pleasant experiences with the other emulators. Either due to the lack of buttons, the speed at which the emulator played or lack of things that worked right, such as the 'virtual keyboard' in the MSX emulator.

The battery life is decent enough, and hasn't died on any of the outings I've taken it on, but it had drained pretty much too according to the meter on the screen. Also, there's no dedicated volume or brightness buttons- you need to use a key combination to either change the volume or screen brightness.

Overall, if you're looking for a small, cheap little pocket device to play some classic games, this is good. If you're looking for a powerhouse to play SNES, Playstation and the like-- look for something else... perhaps the PocketGo V2.1 I'll review next time!

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Review - Space Invaders Arcade 1UP Cabinet - 10 Mar 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

Space Invaders Cabinet PicRecently, a few months back, I purchased a Space Invaders Arcade1UP cabinet from Walmart.com. I got it on sale for 150$ dollars USD. This seemed to be a good deal given it's normally 299$ USD. So basically fifty percent off. It arrived, in a timely manner- though there was no outer box or wrapping, they just shipped it in the big box it comes in. I prefer there to be some kind of wrapping around items, to hide what it is. This is not a big deal in the end. The Space Invader's cabinet, as of the time of this writing, is a Walmart Exclusive.

First off, these come in a kit to assemble. It is a nightmare. There's huge pieces and multiple boxes. You'll need about two hours time for your first time. I imagine I could build another one of these in a shorter amount of time, now that I know what to expect. I was sweating by the time I was done. I did not enjoy putting this cabinet together. I imagine some people might enjoy putting this together, but I did not.

There are two games on this unit that are both Space Invaders. The original black and white, and the colored version. They play exactly as Space Invaders should. The joystick feels good, as do the buttons. The look and feel and game play feels authentic. The problem I have, is the volume. Which only has three levels-- 'Off/Mute, Loud and VERY Loud'. There's no way to put the sound down on softer. This really needed a more adjustable volume control.

As a whole, the Arcade1UP upright cabinet line are scaled down arcade cabinets. You will need a stool or chair to be comfortable to play at it, unless you make it higher via putting it on a raised solid surface or buy the optional Arcade1UP riser-- which retails for an additional 35$ to 40$ USD.

Overall, the only thing I regret about this purchase is the assembling time and process. I really don't want to buy another unit, regardless about how much I want that Galaga unit- unless it's assembled for me, and the volume settings. It's otherwise, nice to have an 'arcade machine' in my own home of a classic game I like mindlessly playing.

I rate this 9 out of 10 Invaders from Space. The unit itself is solid and great. But if you can find someone else to assemble it for you, do that. Do it.

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