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

By Matt Martin, Thursday, 23 May 2019 07:55 GMT

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

Created by Panic, the publisher of Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game, Playdate features 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 one new game every week for 12 weeks – with the first season included in the base price. One of those games is Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, created by Katamari Damacy’s Keita Takahashi and relies purely on the crank.

“This game uses the crank exclusively to control the flow of time, backwards and forwards. Your goal? Get Crankin’ to his date with Crankette while avoiding an ever-increasing series of ridiculous obstacles — obstacles that aren’t affected by the time control,” say Panic.

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

“Panic built every part of Playdate from scratch, starting with early board designs (using the hotplate in our kitchen to flow solder), our own Playdate OS, a full-featured SDK supporting C and Lua development, a Mac-based simulator and debugger, and more,” said Panic.

Here’s a look at some of the first games for the system, as well as a look at the hardware itself and some prototypes:

If you think you’ve seen Playdate somewhere before, it was right in front of you when you played through Firewatch back in 2016:

You can sign up for more info at play.date

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