With the utterly crap Ouya now dead and dodgy novelty consoles proving popular, now would appear to be the perfect time for something genuinely weird and different to come along. Enter the Playdate, a very yellow, very odd handheld device from Panic, publisher of games like 2016’s Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game.
Not only does it look quite unlike any other recent console, with a cute hand-crank and a black-and-white display, but Panic’s method of dolling out its games has got me intrigued, if a tad concerned.
Instead of buying individual games upfront, you’ll be getting one new game per week for three months – that’s 12 games in total. And the kicker is that you won’t know what those games are until the day of release, making the Playdate a fairly risky investment.
Now, all of these games have been specifically designed for the Playdate, so they’re all original. Some of the developers currently on board include Bennet Foddy and Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi – surprisingly big names.
And Panic has already said that they’ll consider further “seasons” if initial sales are good. Naturally, I’m already thinking about which mystery developers could pop up in future. So keep an eye out over the next week or so as I list some dream collaborations.