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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

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 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