Playdate’s first store update adds four games and a calculator
THE Reading date The catalog game store has received its first update since launching last month, and it’s a small but eclectic mix of five titles that even includes a productivity app. The official headliner, Core fault, is a survival game where you pilot a mining droid as it collects resources and evades disgruntled aliens. However, the real star could be Crank. Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like – it’s a calculator that uses the handheld crank to enter values. It can even use a synthetic voice to relay calculations like a modern Speak & Math.
Other additions include physics-based flight gameplay Gravity Expressthe adaptation of mahjong Solitaire Sparrow and the scary puzzle solver Life is too short. Prices range from just $1 to Life is too short up to $10 for Gravity Express And Solitaire Sparrow. As with the initial batch of games, these are actually impulse purchases.
✨ Oh!! Our very first catalog launch has arrived!!
There are five new titles to grab, including Survivors-like game Core Fault, gorgeous Sparrow Solitaire, a talking calculator…?!, and more.
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The catalog selection is still tiny at 21 titles. For comparison, the first “season” included with the Playdate offers 24 games. However, this first expansion might give an idea of what to expect, namely a modest but steady stream of quirky experiences built around the console’s black-and-white display and unusual controls. They probably won’t replace epics like the latest Legend of Zelda game, but they are not intended that way. These are quick fixes that you can play while you’re waiting for the bus or taking a break from work.