It’s all in the name: an arcade so itty-bitty it fits in the palm of your hand. The Tiny Arcade by TinyCircuits puts the “fun” in “functional,” giving you a miniature that doesn’t just imitate a life-sized machine but performs as one too. Enjoy classic video games on this fully-functioning mini arcade wherever and whenever you want. Whether you are looking to recreate your childhood memories or make new ones, the Tiny Arcade is simple to build and simple to use.
The Tiny Arcade is structured just like a full-sized arcade. It has a color screen, a joystick, a built-in speaker, a battery a USB port, and a microSD expansion slot. Any microSD card can be used to load games or videos on the Tiny Arcade, but purchasing one is recommended. Three games are pre-loaded on the Tiny Arcade, and a whole slew of throwbacks can be downloaded completely free from our site. If you’re looking to exercise your programming skills, you can develop your own games to play on the Tiny Arcade and share in the TinyCircuits community.
In addition to providing hours of non-stop game play, the Tiny Arcade can also be used to watch videos. Any MP4 file can be converted to the TinyScreen format of the Tiny Arcade. Use the free tool to convert the files, load them on the microSD card, and insert it in the Tiny Arcade for a tiny movie experience.
Don’t know what all that means? Doesn’t matter. Order the Tiny Arcade, and you’ll be playing Tiny Asteroids from the comfort of your own home in the palm of your own hand within minutes of opening the box!
There’s no soldering, no programming, and no glue required to assemble the Tiny Arcade. All you need is the package, the parts in it, and about ten minutes before you can sit back, relax, and get in a retro state-of-mind to play your arcade favorites.
Find assembly instructions for the Tiny Arcade right here.
All games for the Tiny Arcade are free and open-source. Some of our favorites include Flappy Birdz, Tiny Brick, and Asteroids. View all the current games for the Tiny Arcade here, download all the games in one zip file here, or purchase a microSD card pre-loaded with games of your choice here.
Watch videos and movies on your Tiny Arcade. Convert any MP4 movie using a free utility to the Tiny Screen format, put them on a microSD card, plug in and watch your videos (with sound!) Learn how here.
The Tiny Arcade is based upon the Arduino Platform - all games are free and opne-source, and you can create your own. Learn how here.
The Tiny Arcade is only as good as the games it supports, and out of the box there are plenty to get you going. However, being open-source and providing free and customizable content, we look forward to building a community of gamers who edit and develop their own games. Share you work. Join in the fun! Ask questions and give design tips on design to others on the forum.
Learn wit step by step instructions and example code here.