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The Complete History and List of Tiger Electronics Handheld Games

The Complete History and List of Tiger Electronics Handheld Games

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History of the Tiger Electronics Ltd

Tiger Electronics was founded in 1978 by Randy Rissman, Gerald Rissman, and Arnold Rissman in Vernon Hills, Illinois. In its’ early days the company mostly made electronic items like phonographs. As the company grew it started branching out into electronic games and toys which is what the company is most known for. Tiger Electronics made their name with their extensive brand of LCD games that people either love or hate. Tiger Electronics had a lot of other successful products though including the 2-XL Robot, Brain Warp, Furby, Giga Pets, Lazer Tag,  Skip It, and the the Talkboy (made popular by the movie Home Alone).

After working with Hasbro for quite a few years, Tiger Electronics was eventually acquired by Hasbro in 1998 and is still a division of Hasbro to this day.


I would like to note that the following lists are as accurate as I could find. As Tiger Electronics released many games over the years I have probably missed some. If you are aware of any games that I am missing feel free to leave a comment and I will add them to the list as quickly as I can.

Tiger Electronics Handheld Games

Tiger Electronics Handheld Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Growing up as a child of the late 1980’s and 1990’s I remember the fad of the Tiger Electronics “video game” handhelds. I had several of them as a child and I loved playing them. As a video gamer who never had an original Game Boy I didn’t have much for options for portable gaming until I got a Game Boy Color so I had to settle for the Tiger handheld games. I didn’t really mind since I really enjoyed the games.

Like most things from your childhood though, Tiger Electronic handheld games are not nearly as enjoyable as you remember them. While I loved the games as a child it is really hard to play them for longer than a couple minutes at a time today. The games are pretty bad. The games get really repetitive and without the instructions it is really hard to even figure out what you are supposed to do in most of the games. You mostly just press buttons hoping to press the right buttons at the right times to “win”. The Angry Video Game Nerd’s look at the Tiger Electronic handheld games does a good job summarizing the many problems with the games (the video does have some strong adult language).

Most of Tiger Electronics’ handheld games utilized a LCD screen and a couple buttons. The games worked by having the different elements of the game printed on the game screen. Your character and the enemies would appear on the screen  when the game lighted up various sections of the screen. This meant that you only had a couple of options of what you could do at any given time. Basically you could move left, up, and right one space and then after a short period of time would return to the starting position. In addition to movement the games usually included a jump or attack button which you could use to attack enemies or avoid them. Most of the games had a couple different levels and the goal was to avoid/destroy enemies to successfully make it to the end of the level. This was easier said than done because you usually had no idea what you are supposed to be doing in the game and the controls are far from responsive. Basically if you got past the second or third level you were pretty good/lucky at the game.

Despite not usually being very good games, Tiger Electronics handheld games were still successful for two main reasons.

The main reason for their success is generally attributed to their price. Tiger’s handheld games were considerably cheaper than the Game Boy. Each game itself was cheaper and since each game was standalone you didn’t have to buy a system like the Game Boy to play the games. This was probably pretty attractive to cash strapped parents that wanted to buy a portable game for their children.

The other main reason for their success was the fact that Tiger was the master of utilizing franchises. Most major movie franchise and quite a few TV shows had their own LCD game. Tiger even got the handheld licenses to many video game brands like Castlevania, Double Dragon, Duke Nukem, Ninja Gaiden, Sonic, Street Fighter, and Virtua Fighter. It’s too bad Tiger didn’t put more work into actually making good games to go with all of the franchises they were able to license.

While Tiger Electronics handheld games weren’t that great, they will still hold a spot in my heart as I can still remember how much I loved them as a child.

List of All Tiger Electronics Handheld Games

This is the most comprehensive list of Tiger Electronics Handheld games that I could assemble from scouring the internet. If you know of any Tiger Electronics handheld games that are missing from this list leave a comment and I will make sure to add it to the list.

This list is particularly long so if you are looking for a specific title you should consider using your web browser’s search function which can be accessed with Ctrl+F on PCs and Command+F on Macs.

  • 100 Acre Wood Electronic Learning Center
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • 2 in 1 Football & Sea Chase
  • 2 In 1 Safari & Darts
  • 2 In 1 Space Invader & Gone Fishin’
  • 3D Baseball
  • 3D Football
  • 3D Galaxx
  • 3D Live Action Tank Attack
  • 7-in-1 Sports Stadium
  • The A-Team
  • The Addams Family
  • After Burner
  • After Burner Tabletop
  • Aladdin
  • All Pro Basketball 1994
  • All Pro Basketball 1996
  • Altered Beast
  • Altered Beast Wristwatch
  • American Gladiators
  • Anastasia
  • Animaniacs Hollywood Hi Jinx
  • Area 51 with Laser Gun
  • Asteroid Blaster
  • Attack From Mars
  • Back to the Future
  • Baseball
  • Baseball 1988
  • Baseball 1991
  • Baseball 1997
  • Baseball All Stars 1990
  • Batman
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batman Forever Double Dose of Doom
  • Batman The Animated Series
  • Batman Watch
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman Returns Watch
  • Battlebots
  • Battletoad
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast Wrist Game
  • Beavis and Butthead
  • Beepers Fearsome Fighters
  • Beepers Screamin’ Speedway
  • Beetlejuice
  • Bicycle Black Jack
  • Bicycle Casino Slots
  • Bicycle Handheld Poker
  • Bicycle Scratch Poker
  • Bicycle Solitaire
  • Bird Brain: The Electronic Talking, Squawking Memory
  • Blue Diamonds Slot Machine
  • Bo Jackson Football and Baseball
  • Boardz Freestyle Frenzy Electronic Skate Board
  • Bombs Away
  • Bowl-A-Rama
  • Bowling
  • Brain Bash
  • Brain Shift
  • Brain Warp
  • Bruce Lee
  • Bug! Pocket Arcade
  • Bugs Bunny
  • Bullseye Ball
  • Butt-Ugly Martians
  • Cabbage Patch Kids Butterfly Chase (Thanks to Kitty in the Comments)
  • Caesars Palace 5 in 1
  • Caesars Palace Electronic Blackjack
  • Caesars Palace Guide to Poker
  • Caesars Palace Roulette
  • Caesars Palace Spirit of ’76
  • Caesars Palace Talking Horse Racing
  • Caesars Palace Talking Poker
  • Candy Land Adventure
  • Captain Planet
  • Car Racing
  • Casino Solitaire Game
  • Casper
  • Castlevania II Simon’s Quest
  • Castlevania Symphony of the Night
  • Cat & Mice
  • Caveman
  • Chicken Run
  • Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers
  • Concentration
  • Connections
  • Copycat
  • Copycat Jr
  • Dale Earnhardt Winner’s Circle
  • Dale Earnhardt Winner’s Circle Pacesetter Game
  • Dan Marino’s Quarterback Challenge
  • Defender Keychain
  • Deion Sanders Baseball
  • Deluxe Lights Out
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Digimon
  • Digimon Yolei and Hawkmon
  • Dinosaurs!
  • Dinosaurs TV Show
  • Dirt Track Go Kart Racing
  • Ditto
  • Double Dragon
  • Double Dragon 2
  • Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone
  • Double Dribble
  • Doug
  • Dr. Fad
  • Dragon
  • Duck Tales
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • Ecco The Dolphin
  • Ed Grimley
  • Family Feud
  • Family Feud 1997
  • Family Feud Cartridge 3
  • Fast Lane Bowling
  • Fishing Champion
  • The Flintstones
  • Football 1987
  • Football 1991
  • Fox’s Peter Pan & The Pirates
  • Franklin the Turtle’s Follow Me
  • Frogger
  • Frogger
  • Full House
  • Fun House
  • Galaxx
  • Galaxy
  • Game Balls Racing
  • Gargoyles Night Flight
  • Gauntlet
  • G.I. Joe Star Brigade
  • Go, Sprout!
  • Goldberg Smash & Bash Wrestling Game Fear the Spear
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Tee Golf
  • Goofy Skiing
  • Goosebumps Haunted Headstone
  • Half Court Basketball
  • Hang-On
  • Harley Davidson
  • Harry Potter Book of Spells
  • Harry Potter Fluffy Action Game
  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Labyrinth
  • Harry Potter Magic Spell Challenge
  • Harry Potter Mini Action Games
  • Harry Potter Quidditch 2000 Edition
  • Harry Potter Quidditch
  • Head to Head Football
  • Head to Head Basketball
  • Head to Head Talking Baseball
  • Head to Head Talking Football
  • Head to Head Talking Tennis
  • Heavy Barrel
  • Henry
  • Hi Rev Racer
  • Hollywood Squares
  • Home Alone 2
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Incredible Crash Dummies
  • Independence Day
  • Indy 500 Sega Pocket
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Jawbreaker
  • Jawbreaker Tabletop
  • Jeff Gordon’s Dupont Pacesetter Games
  • Jeopardy
  • Jeopardy Deluxe
  • Jeopardy Cartridge #1
  • Jeopardy Cartridge #2
  • Jeopardy Cartridge #3
  • Jeopardy Cartridge #4
  • Jeopardy Cartridge #5
  • Jeopardy Cartridge #6
  • Jeopardy Deluxe Cartridge #2
  • Jet Motto
  • Jet Ski
  • Jim Henson’s Muppets My First Tiger Coach Kermit
  • Jim Henson’s Muppets Street Surfin’
  • John Elway’s Electronic Quarterback
  • Jordan vs. Bird One on One
  • Joust Keychain
  • Judge Dredd
  • Jumble Electronic Word Game
  • Jumble Expansion
  • Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park 3 T-Rex Jaw Chomping Action Game
  • Kaboom! Keychain
  • Karate King
  • Karnov
  • Keystone Kapers
  • King Kong
  • King Kong (1983)
  • Kings of the Beach
  • Lamb Chop & Friends
  • Lastout You Lose
  • Let’s Make A Deal
  • Lights Out
  • Lights Out Cube
  • Lights Out 2000
  • Light Wars
  • The Lion King
  • Lite 3
  • The Little Mermaid 1991
  • The Little Mermaid 1993
  • The Little Mermaid 1997
  • Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny
  • Lucky Luke
  • Madden 95
  • Madden Football
  • Magic Johnson Basketball
  • Major League Home Run Blast
  • Marble Madness
  • Mars Attacks!
  • Match 4 Keychain
  • MC Hammer
  • Mega Man 2
  • Mega Man 3
  • Mega Monster
  • Michael Jordan in Flight
  • Mickey and Friends
  • Mickey and Friends Wrist Watch Game
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Mighty Ducks
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Millipede Keychain
  • Miner 2049er
  • Miniature Golf
  • Monster Maze
  • Monsters Inc Scream Catcher
  • Moon Patrol Keychain
  • Morphatrons Alien
  • Morphatrons Arachnid
  • Morphatrons Raptor
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat Mythologies Sub-Zero
  • Mouse Maze
  • Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
  • Mr. Bullfrog
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Name That Tune
  • Name That Tune Cartridge
  • NBA Jam
  • NFL Football
  • Nights into Dreams
  • Ninja
  • Ninja Fighter
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Ninja Gaiden 2: Dark Sword of Chaos
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: The Ancient Ship of Doom
  • Ninja Gaiden Watch
  • Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
  • No Limits Downhill Skiing
  • Onc Piscou
  • OutRun
  • OutRun F1
  • Owly
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man Double
  • Paperboy
  • Paperboy 2
  • Password
  • The Perils of Mickey
  • Pinball
  • Pinball 1992
  • The Pink Panther
  • Pit-Fighter
  • Pitfall
  • Play Action Football 1994
  • Play Action Football 1998
  • Playmaker Deluxe Football
  • Pocahontas
  • Pokemon Cyclone 2
  • Pokemon Electronic Battle Arena
  • Pokemon I Choose You Challenge
  • Pokemon Poke Ball Electronic Ball
  • Pokemon Pokedex Organizer
  • Pokemon Thundershock Pinball
  • Police Academy
  • Polly Pocket
  • Pong Keychain
  • Power Rangers
  • Power Rangers 1994
  • Price is Right 1998
  • Punch Your Lights Out
  • Puyolin
  • Racing 1991
  • Raceway
  • Rampage
  • Road Race
  • Road Rash 3
  • Robocop
  • Robot Fighter
  • Rocket Pinball
  • Ronald McDonald Alphabet Fun
  • Rugrats
  • Rugrats Hot Potato Game
  • Rugrats Toy Tag
  • Scooby Doo
  • Shadow
  • Shaq Attaq Monster Jam
  • Shifty The Electronic Puzzle
  • Shinobi
  • Silver Surfer
  • The Simpsons 1990
  • The Simpsons 1999
  • The Simpsons Wrist LCD Game
  • The Simpsons Bart vs Homersaurus
  • Skeet Shoot
  • Skeleton Warriors
  • Slingo
  • The Smurfs
  • The Smurfs Double Wide
  • The Smurfs Tabletop
  • Snake’s Revenge
  • Snoopy’s Parachute Catch
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • Snow White Counting Diamond Mine
  • Soccer
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Keychain
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Watch Game
  • Sonic R
  • Sonic Underground
  • Space Fight
  • Space Harrier II
  • Space Invaders
  • Space Invaders Mini Electronic Mini Arcade Table Top
  • Space Jam
  • Speed Boat
  • Spell Down
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man Revenge of the Spider-Slayers
  • Spider-Man Webslinger
  • Sports Feel Baseball
  • Sports Feel Bowling
  • Sports Feel Fishing Champion
  • Sports Feel Golf
  • Sports Feel Jet Ski
  • Sports Feel Miniature Golf
  • Sports Feel Pool
  • Sports Feel Tennis
  • Sports Feel Virtual Fishing
  • Star Castle
  • Star Trek The Next Generation
  • Star Wars Death Star Escape
  • Star Wars Destroyer Droid
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Battle of Naboo
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Droid Fighter Attack
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Electronic Galactic Chess
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Extreme Chain Games Gian Speeder Chase
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Gungan Sub Escape
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Jedi Hunt
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Lightsaber Duel
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Naboo Escape
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Naboo Defense
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Podrace Challenge
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Underwater Race to Theed
  • Star Wars Episode 2 Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber Duel
  • Star Wars Galactic Battle
  • Star Wars Imperial Assault
  • Star Wars Imperial Droid Armored Assault Tank
  • Star Wars Infiltrator Pen
  • Star Wars Millenium Falcon
  • Star Wars Millenium Falcon Sounds of the Force
  • Star Wars R2-D2 Ditto Droid Memory Star Wars Rebel Forces Laser Game
  • Starship
  • Stock Car Racing
  • Stone Age Dinosaurs
  • Stop! Fill-in-the-Blank Word Game
  • Street Fighter 2
  • Street Fighter 2 Watch
  • Streets of Rage
  • Strider
  • Sub Wars
  • Submarine Wars
  • Sugar Ray Leonard: Talking Boxing
  • Super Arcade Pinball
  • Super Double Dragon
  • Super Off Road
  • Super Password
  • Super Speedway
  • Super Sprint
  • Super Street Fighter 2
  • Super Street Fighter 2 Tiger Barcodzz
  • Swamp Thing
  • TaleSpin
  • Talking Teach Play & Learn
  • Tank Attack
  • Taz Mania
  • Tech Warriors Giga Fighters
  • Tecmo Bowl Football
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dimension X Assault
  • Tempest Keychain
  • Tennis
  • The Terminator
  • Think Tank
  • Thunder Blade
  • Tic Tac Total
  • Tiger Computer Baseball
  • Tilt Cub A New Evolution in Puzzle Games
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
  • Titan A.E.
  • Toy Story
  • Transformers
  • Treasure
  • Trekker Electronic Chess
  • Tug of Words
  • Uncle Scrooge
  • Universal Monsters Dracula
  • Universal Monsters The Mummy
  • Universal Monsters The Wolfman
  • Vindicators
  • Virtua Cop
  • Virtua Cop With Laser Gun
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Voice Master Electronic Chess Game
  • VR Troopers: When Worlds Collide
  • Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull Shootout Hockey
  • Wayne’s World
  • WCW Diamond Dallas Page
  • WCW Goldberg Game
  • WCW Grudge Match Hollywood Hogan vs Goldberg
  • WCW Hollywood Hulk Hogan Power Fighter
  • WCW Nitro Goldberg
  • WCW Nitro Sting
  • WCW Nitro The Giant
  • WCW NWO Thunder
  • WCW Whiplash
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #1
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #2
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #3
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #4
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #5
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #6
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #7
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #8
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #9
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #10
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #11
  • Wheel of Fortune Cartridge #12
  • Wheel of Fortune Deluxe
  • Wheel of Fortune Deluxe Cartridge #1
  • Wheel of Fortune Deluxe Cartridge #2
  • Wheel of Fortune Deluxe Cartridge #3
  • Wheel of Fortune Jr
  • Wheel of Fortune Slots
  • Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego
  • Who Wants to Be A Millionaire
  • Winnie the Pooh Counting Carrots
  • Winnie the Pooh Farmer Pooh Smart Sticks
  • Winnie the Pooh Learning Pond Sight and Sound Alphabet and Numbers
  • Word Chaos
  • World Championship Wrestling New World Order Grudge Match
  • World Games
  • Wrestling
  • WWF Superstars
  • X-Men 1996
  • X-Men Project X
  • X-Men Tiger Barcodzz
  • You Don’t Know Jack
  • You Don’t Know Jack Movies Expansion

2020 Tiger Electronics Re-releases

After being out of the market for a while, in 2020 Hasbro/Tiger Electronics decided to re-release some of the most popular LCD games. Each game was a reimangined version of the original game.

  • Jurassic Park
  • Little Mermaid
  • Marvel Spider-Man
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3
  • Transformers Generation 2
  • X-Men Project X

Tiger Electronics Quiz Wiz

While most of Tiger Electronics games where standalone games, Tiger eventually started to branch off into cartridge based games which started with the Quiz Wiz line of games. The Quiz Wiz was a traditional trivia game that used different cartridges that contained trivia questions centered around specific topics. While I can’t find any information about how successful the Quiz Wiz line of games were, sixty different cartridges were released so the game had to have been somewhat successful. Here is a 1994 advertisement for Quiz Wiz.

Complete List of All Quiz Wiz Games and Cartridges

  • Quiz Wiz
  • Cartridge #1 General Knowledge
  • Cartridge #2 Movie Mania
  • Cartridge #3 Wacky Words
  • Cartridge #4 Greatest Sports Legends
  • Cartridge #5 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
  • Cartridge #6 Famous People
  • Cartridge #7 Mystery Places
  • Cartridge #8 All About Science
  • Cartridge #9 Football Facts
  • Cartridge #10 Rock and Roll
  • Cartridge #11 Major League Baseball Players
  • Cartridge #12 Amazing Video Games
  • Cartridge #13
  • Cartridge #14 Computers and Games
  • Cartridge #15 Berlitz Travel and Language
  • Cartridge #16 World Records
  • Cartridge #17 Time Travel
  • Cartridge #18 TV Trivia
  • Cartridge #19 Nature and Animals
  • Cartridge #20 Famous Funnies
  • Cartridge #21 Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High
  • Cartridge #22 Dinosaurs
  • Cartridge #23 More TV Trivia
  • Cartridge #24 Where in the World?
  • Cartridge #25 Music
  • Cartridge #26 The Wild West
  • Cartridge #27 Hollywood Stars
  • Cartridge #28
  • Cartridge #29 Pro Basketball Hoopla
  • Cartridge #30 Monster Mania
  • Cartridge #31 All About Space
  • Cartridge #32 Nintendo Trivia
  • Cartridge #33 Movie Mania 2
  • Cartridge #34
  • Cartridge #35 DC Super Heroes
  • Cartridge #36 Great Americans
  • Cartridge #37 World Championship Games
  • Cartridge #38 Marvel Comics Super Heroes
  • Cartridge #39
  • Cartridge #40 Box Office Hits
  • Cartridge #41 Heroes and Villains
  • Cartridge #42
  • Cartridge #43 Automobiles
  • Cartridge #44 Soap Operas
  • Cartridge #45 Music Videos
  • Cartridge #46 Congo the Movie
  • Cartridge #47 World Book Encyclopedia Animals
  • Cartridge #48 The Magic School Bus
  • Cartridge #49 African American History
  • Cartridge #50 Quotes and Quotables
  • Cartridge #51 World Book Encyclopedia People
  • Cartridge #52 More Sports Trivia
  • Cartridge #53 TV Trivia 3
  • Cartridge #54 Movies of the 90s
  • Cartridge #55 Facts About the Earth
  • Cartridge #56 American History
  • Cartridge #57 Mythology
  • Cartridge #58 Sports Stars of the ’90’s
  • Cartridge #59 Pro Sports
  • Cartridge #60 Fads, Events, and People of the 90’s
  • Cartridge NFL Teams
  • Quiz Wiz Star Wars Trilogy

Tiger Electronics R-Zone

Not being content with just creating individual LCD handhelds, Tiger Electronics decided to create their own handheld that would utilize game cartridges. In 1995 Tiger Electronics released the R-Zone. The R-Zone had three different versions produced with two being more traditional handheld devices while one version utilized a headgear piece and a controller. Not surprisingly the R-Zone flopped.

Other than the Quiz Wiz line of trivia games, the R-Zone was the first set of games made by Tiger Electronics that actually used game cartridges. R-Zone’s game cartridges weren’t your typical game cartridges though since they still utilized LCD screens which were placed into each individual game cartridge. For some reason Tiger Electronics just couldn’t get past their obsession with LCD game technology.

By using the same LCD technology, games for the R-Zone were no better than their traditional handheld games. The games could only use red and black and the images were displayed by lighting up different parts of the screen. The only main difference between the R-Zone and their more traditional handheld games is that the R-Zone used the same controller layout for all of the games. Here is a commercial for the R-Zone that illustrates how the system worked.

List of R-Zone Games

  • Apollo 13
  • Area 51
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batman Forever with Headset
  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Daytona USA with Headset
  • Independence Day
  • Indy 500
  • Judge Dredd
  • Lost World Jurassic Park
  • Men in Black
  • Millennium Falcon Challenge with Headset
  • Mortal Kombat 3
  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy
  • Nascar Racing
  • Panzer Dragoon
  • Primal Rage
  • Road Rash III
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars Imperial Assault
  • Star Wars Jedi Adventure
  • Star Wars Rebel Forces
  • Tiger R-Zone X.P.G Handheld
  • VR Troopers
  • Virtua Cop
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Virtua Fighter 2

Game.com

Despite the failure of the R-Zone console, Tiger Electronics decided to try and create another handheld console. In 1997 they released the Game.com system. Learning from their failures from the R-Zone, the Game.com ditched the LCD game concept and focused on making more traditional video games like those that could be found on the Game Boy and Game Gear. Game.com for the most part tried to appeal more to older children and adults. The Game.com was basically a combination of a PDA and a game console.

While the Game.com is generally not considered to be a very good handheld console, it actually had a couple things going for it. Once again Tiger was the king of licenses and was actually able to get their own versions of games like Duke Nukem and Sonic. The Game.com also deserves credit for being the first handheld console to utilize two things that have become staples in the handheld market today. It was the first game console to use a touch screen which would later be popularized by the Nintendo DS. The Game.com was also the first handheld console that could connect to the internet. It had limited functionality though and it was a pain to get working apparently.

While it had some things going for it, just like the R-Zone the Game.com console was a failure. The console died around 2000 and apparently sold less than 300,000 copies. Like Tiger’s other games, the games for Game.com just weren’t very good. The Game.com had trouble dealing with fast moving games which lead to most of their fastest games like Sonic to suffer. Another issue is that Tiger had little to no support from third party developers so the games had to be developed in house. This meant only around 20 games were ever made for the system. The system also had issues with poor battery life and the screen was hard to see. It didn’t help that a year later Nintendo would come out with the Game Boy Color which supported color while the Game.com only supported black and white graphics.

Generally people credit the console’s failure to marketing. The advertising was ineffective and regularly would just insult gamers. Check out this advertisement for a demonstration on how bad the advertising truly was.

List of all Game.com Games

  • Batman and Robin
  • Centipede
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • Fighter Megamix
  • Frogger
  • Game.com Console
  • Henry
  • Indy 500
  • Internet Cartridge
  • Jeopardy
  • Lights Out with Console
  • Lost World Jurassic Park
  • Monopoly
  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy
  • Name That Tune
  • Quiz Wiz
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Scrabble
  • Solitaire
  • Sonic Jam
  • Tiger Casino
  • Wheel of Fortune 1
  • Wheel of Fortune 2
  • Williams Arcade Classics

Miscellaneous

While Tiger Electronics was mostly known for electronic games they did produce other electronic gadgets that I would consider more toys than games. These gadgets will be listed in this section.

Giga Pets

In the late 1990s digital pets were a pretty popular fad in quite a few countries. The most popular brand of digital pets were probably Tamagotchis. Basically the premise of digital pets is that you could have a pet without actually having to take care of a living breathing pet. These gadgets/toys were small plastic gadgets that included a digital pet that you had to take care of. By taking care of the pet they would remain happy so you could play with them and do other activities. While Tamagotchis were probably the most popular brand many different companies tried to cash in on the fad which included Tiger Electronics which launched their own brand of digital pets named Giga Pets. Most of the Giga Pets were normal types of pets but there were some unique pets including characters from popular movies. The brand was mostly active in the late 1990s to the early 2000s but was apparently relaunched in 2018.

  • Giga Faces
  • Giga Pets 101 Dalmatians
  • Giga Pets AR Puppy Dog
  • Giga Pets AR T-Rex
  • Giga Pets AR Unicorn
  • Giga Pets Babe and Friends
  • Giga Pets Baby T-Rex
  • Giga Pets Barbie
  • Giga Pets Bit Critter
  • Giga Pets Bitty Kitty
  • Giga Pets Bunny
  • Giga Pets Compu Kitty
  • Giga Pets Digipooch
  • Giga Pets Digital Doggie
  • Giga Pets Dragon Lizard
  • Giga Pets Floppy Frog
  • Giga Pets Giga Farm
  • Giga Pets Giga Pound
  • Giga Pets Kitty
  • Giga Pets Komputer Koala
  • Giga Pets The Little Mermaid
  • Giga Pets Looney Tunes
  • Giga Pets Microchimp
  • Giga Pets Pixie
  • Giga Pets Pup
  • Giga Pets Puffball
  • Giga Pets R2-D2
  • Giga Pets Rabbit
  • Giga Pets Rancor
  • Giga Pets Rugrats
  • Giga Pets Sabrina The Teenage Witch: Salem The Cat
  • Giga Pets Scorpion
  • Giga Pets Small Soldiers
  • Giga Pets Tomcat
  • Giga Pets Virtual Alien
  • Giga Pets Yoda

Laser Pinball

Laser Pinball was a 1991 two player game created by Tiger Electronics. In the game you drop a round puck onto the gameboard. Part of the puck then lights up. Each player uses two paddles to shoot the disc towards the other player scoring a point if they get the puck past the other player. I have never seen or played this game so I don’t know how well it actually worked. Just looking at the box though it looks really interesting.

Sound Bites

I want to first thank John from the comments section for bringing this to my attention. Sound Bites were a line of gadgets that you attached a lollipop to. When the gadget was turned on vibrations would be sent from the gadget through the lollipop to your jaw. The sound would then travel through your jaw to your ear which apparently made it sound like the sound was coming from inside your head. These vibrations would correspond to various musical instruments and one would even play the radio. I have never seen or heard of Sound Bites before but the idea sounds interesting. I am curious how well it actually worked though based on how well other Tiger Electronics gadgets worked.

Talkboy/Talkgirl

Most known for its appearance in Home Alone 2 the Talkboy was initially just a prop for the movie. Its popularity lead to an actual version of the toy being released in 1992. Talkboy sold quite well leadig to quite a few spinoffs including a pink version called Talkgirl. The initial Talkboys/Talkgirls were cassette recorders and players which allowed you to record your voice and then replay it. Later versions of toys in the line ditched the cassette for digital technology.

  • Talkboy
  • Talkboy Blabber Mouth
  • Talkboy Cool Talk
  • Talkboy Deluxe
  • Talkboy F/X Drummer
  • Talkboy F/X+ Phone
  • Talkboy Jr.
  • Talkboy Scrambler
  • Talkboy Shock Rocker
  • Talkboy Tic Talker
  • Talkboy Tuned Out
  • Talkboy Walkie Talkie
  • Talkgirl Cool Talk
  • Talkgirl Deluxe
  • Talkgirl Jr.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Electronics

http://www.ign.com/companies/tiger-electronics-inc

http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Tiger/index.html

http://www.racketboy.com/retro/obscure-handhelds/tiger-game-com-101-a-beginners-guide

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-Zone

http://www.racketboy.com/retro/lcd-games/tiger-electronics-r-zone-101-a-beginners-guide

Heath

Friday 2nd of December 2022

You need to add: Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom

Eric Mortensen

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Thank you for the information. I have added the game to the list.

Heath

Saturday 26th of November 2022

'Space Harrier' is actually called 'Space Harrier II' (in large letters on the back of the case). Look up the original case. There is no 'Space Harrier' on Tiger.

Eric Mortensen

Saturday 26th of November 2022

I found a picture of a sealed copy of the game and you are right. I have updated the list. Thank you for pointing it out.

Allan

Saturday 22nd of October 2022

Still no Back to the Future game on your list??

https://www.instagram.com/p/CN_Fd95sITy/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY%3D

Dal

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Hi I have had a electronic game since new back in 1984, as far as i know this game very rare.

Tiger space invaders mini electronic mini arcade table top game red in colour. Production date 7/1983 Model 7-704 Serial 004235

Also I have Tiger King Kong Same production year not as rare as far as I know. Cheers

Eric Mortensen

Friday 15th of May 2020

Thanks for the comment. I have added the games that you mentioned to the list.

Mark Danson

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

There is a Mortal Kombat Mythologies Sub Zero Tiger LCD game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE5AvXtr2Ms

Eric Mortensen

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Thanks for the comment. I have added it to the list.

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