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Have you ever wanted to build your own Tiger Electronics handheld? If the answer is “yes”, or even “maybe, why?”, then you might find Retro gadgets handy when it launches on PC later this year. It’s a gadget creation station that lets you “invent, build, solder, code, and customize” your own electronic devices. This is according to the developers of Bologna Evil Licorice, which include among them Kingdom co-creator Marco Bancale. Watch the trailer below and try not to burn yourself with soldering irons.
You’ll be able to share any gadgets you’ve created with other players through Steam Workshop, but you must first build them from the items you like. Dig through the drawers provided to find circuit boards, joysticks, buttons, and all the other things people with their own soldering irons keep lying around. If you spot something someone else has made and want to know how to do it yourself, you can download and disassemble it to reverse engineer your own version, says Evil Licorice.
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If you have coding chops, you can indulge yourself this way as well. Retro Gadgets incorporates a “fully documented Lua environment”. This means you can build and program consoles, weather stations, calculators and what looks like a version of the classic Simon memory game. I haven’t seen one in yonks. All of this would just be a good diversion, except for the option to export your gadget to your desktop. So you can finally have virtual gadgets on your digital desktop.
Something about Retro Gadgets reminds me of the defunct Zachtronics. Seems like the kind of stuff I’d suck at, but more capable minds could do wonderful things with. I rewatched the trailer several times to try and figure out how many gadgets there were and was surprised to see how much you seem to have to do. I particularly appreciate the possibility of decorating your handcrafted electronics with totally tubular flame decorations.