Radio Shack under the ownership of the Tandy Corporation produced some great handheld electronic games during the '80s and beyond. The LCD games were an easy way for kids to get their video game fix in a time when the only other choices were visiting an arcade or begging your parents for a home console like the Atari 2600.
Radio Shack seemed to be the hub for electronics and these small LCD games made for great stocking stuffer gifts over the holidays. We were able to play baseball, drive a racecar, or blast aliens anywhere we wanted. While most of the games seemed to have appropriate subject matter, there were several games that are real "head-scratchers" when rediscovered now. I recently found the Handheld Museum website that showcases hundreds of old electronic games. After looking through some of the Tandy games, I was quite surprised at some of the games I discovered!
Here are 6 surprising things that Radio Shack taught kids with electronic handheld games...Handheld Museum, "Hold-Up" was the first LCD game offered by Radio Shack and its surprising objective was to rob a bank. While your partner loads the cash, you keep the bank tellers from tripping the alarm by firing warning shots. Seems like a more appropriate plot for a Dirty Harry movie than a handheld game! As you can guess, it was pulled from stores (with refunds even issued) after complaints from parents.
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Images courtesy Handheld Museum & Handheld Empire