The Strange (and Rare) Videogame Pics
It's not so strange and rare (at least in North America...) anyway
since it is a great system without much support from fans I decided
to include in my site a page dedicated to this portable system from
Tiger Electronics Inc.
Actually the system is still sold by Tiger together with some of the
new games but its future is not very clear: new games and versions
are not planned right now and further plans of Hasbro about the
videogame market are unclear!
This system was released in the middle of 1997 in the US (maybe also
in Canada but I need a confirmation) and after few months also in
United Kingdom that is the only European country in which the system
is actually marketed. If you don't live in the countries I mentioned
above it is very difficult to buy the system: I had to wait more than
a year to be able to play with my game.com and I had to order it
directly from the UK!
Anyway it was I did not wait for nothing: the system is excellent and
I have to admit that it is much more better than the various
The system most important features are:
- Touch screen and stylus interface
- Built-in funtions like: Phone book, Calendar and
- Built-in Solitaire game
- Automatic high-score save
- Two cartridge slots
- Optional Internet and e-mail access
The system as it was advertised on a US magazine (GamePro).
You could easily spot the stylus that is used with the revolutionary
touch screen: it is also possible to use your fingers instead but I
am not sure it is the best way to operate the system!
Another image of the system. If you take a look at the screen you
could see the start-up menu divided in six different sections.
Here are the six sections:
- Phone Book
- High Score
Function One: Cartridge.
Used to activate a cartridge once it's been
inserted. Since the game.com has two cartridge ports,
if two cartridges are inserted, the system ask you which
game you want to play.
Function Two: Phone Book
Allows you to store names, addresses, phone numbers
and other stuff. It is useful but you could have only a
small amount of characters per line: too few...
Function Three: Calendar
It's a calendar, nothing more... you can view any
month from 1901 to 2099.
Function Four: Calculator
A simple but extremely useful calculator.
Function Five: High Score
Saves the single highest score from each of 12 games
(the instruction booklet says 10 but actually I reached
Function Six: Solitaire
A built-in free game: the classic
Another revolutionary aspect of the system is its ability to have
Internet/email access as an optional: with a proper cartridge
(Internet Cart) and a dedicated 14.4 BPS modem you could easily check
your mail and also surf the net: you could only view text-only sites
but it's something unusual for a portable videogame system! In the
pic above you could see the menu from the Internet cart.
Another Internet-related cart is also available: the Web Link cart
let you connect the game.com to a PC to exchange datas from and to
the official web site (www.game.com).
Some optional accessories are actually available. These
These accessories are not easy to find in stores anyway.
- compete.com cable (to connect two game.coms for
head-to-head two player games)
- 14.4 bps Modem (for use with Internet
- Dedicated Carrying Case (to store system, games and
- Dedicated Headphones
- Dedicated AC Adaptor
Actually a new, better version of the game.com called game.com
pocketpro is on the market: the new version is much smaller and has a
new good feature, a back-lit screen. The new version lacks of the
second cartridge port. Since it was announced the first version of
the system was better known as ClassiCom by supporters.
I'll soon add a better pic of the new system: for now here is an
official drawing of the system directly from Tiger.
A game.com cartridge: they are very small, in fact they are the
smallest carts ever made for a portable system! Actually there are
nearly 20 games for the system but Tiger has nearly 10 games in
development that will be marketed before the end of next year.
Here is the list of all the available games:
- Batman & Robin
- Lost World: Jurassic
- Lights out
- Mortal Kombat Trilogy
- Quiz Wiz Cybertrivia
- Wheel of Fortune
- Indy 500
- Williams Arcade Classics (includes
five classic games)
- Duke Nukem 3D
- Internet Cart (you need a dedicated
modem to use it)
- Web Link (includes a cable to link the
Game.com with a PC)
- Wheel of Fortune 2
- Fighters Megamix
- Sonic Jam
- Tiger Casino (includes five
- Resident Evil 2
Many other great titles (including some big convertions) will be
available during the next few months. In particular very interesting
titles like Castlevania, Frogger, Centipede and
a possible X-Files game could give the system a boost in the
market. Or at least I hope...
THE EUROPEAN SITUATION
The European situation is not very good for the system: it is
marketed only in UK and over there is not advertised in a good way...
Also all the magazines that reviewed the system gave it a bad
review I hope that since Hasbro acquired Tiger
the situation all over the world (and in particular in Europe) will
be better in 1999. The system has a great potential and I am sure
could give owner many good games if only Hasbro will support it with
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