Playdate is a new handheld with black and white screen and a crank – and it comes with a season of 12 new indie games


Playdate is a quirky new handheld, due for release in 2020 and priced at $149.

Made by Panic, the publisher of Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game, Playdate attributes a black and white screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, headphone jack and a crank that flips out from the side.

Playdate comes with a “season” of games that releases a single new game every single week for 12 weeks – with the very first season integrated in the base cost. One particular of these games is Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, made by Katamari Damacy’s Keita Takahashi and relies purely on the crank.

“This game makes use of the crank exclusively to manage the flow of time, backwards and forwards. Your objective? Get Crankin’ to his date with Crankette though avoiding an ever-growing series of ridiculous obstacles — obstacles that are not impacted by the time manage,” say Panic.

You can see the very first video of Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure beneath:

“Panic constructed every single aspect of Playdate from scratch, beginning with early board styles (utilizing the hotplate in our kitchen to flow solder), our personal Playdate OS, a complete-featured SDK supporting C and Lua improvement, a Mac-primarily based simulator and debugger, and far more,” stated Panic.

Here’s a appear at some of the very first games for the program, as nicely as a appear at the hardware itself and some prototypes:

If you believe you have noticed Playdate someplace prior to, it was ideal in front of you when you played via Firewatch back in 2016:

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