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Inspired by the success of Nintendo’s Mini offerings, as well as the plug-and-play variants of a swathe of Eighties machines, The C64 Mini does a fairly decent job of presenting its games as accessibly as possible and in a mightily attractive package, but it’s not without its faults.
First, the form factor is very appealing. These pintsized consoles are instantly attention-grabbing and desirable. It’s perhaps a shame that the keyboard on the C64 Mini is purely decorative, but hardly surprising. As it is, the diminutive machine is only a little larger than the SNES Mini and just as easy to get started with.
Like Nintendo’s machines, it forgoes a power supply in the box in favour of a USB cable, connecting to a TV through HDMI and with two USB ports for its controllers (one joystick is provided in the box). The 64 games made available offer a pretty broad range, and are selectable in a rotating carousel, again similar to what you will have seen on similar products. It’s a nice touch to see that each game comes with some preview images (just in case the interpretive box art of the time doesn’t clear up what the game is supposed to be) along with a short description to get you up to speed as fast as possible.
Less clear is how to actually play most of the games unless you’ve experienced them before. Full digital instruction manuals can be found the C64 Mini’s website, and you’ll definitely want to have that available on a second screen if you’re switching between titles.
The difficulties with the C64 Mini come in two core areas, though. First is the selection of games, which while wide, is not particularly exciting.
There are a handful of classics, but clearly many, many more that couldn’t be snagged. And that disappointment isn’t helped by the controller. The joystick that comes with the C64 Mini is stiff, and seems to suffer from some lag in places. It’s just not a great way to play the games on offer here and that really detracts from the experience.
If your Commodore 64 nostalgia runs deep then this has plenty to offer you, but anyone looking to dive back into some of gaming’s history might be better served with other options out there. 6/10 Verdict