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A POP Station.

The POP Station is a series of Chinese electronic handheld games, some of which have a shape similar to the Sony PlayStation Portable. The technology is similar to Nintendo's Game & Watch Super Color series, where the LCD panel is covered by strips of coloured plastic, but with illumination added. Because of the often poor animations (even by the standard of electronic games) and the overall bad design, it is difficult to understand what is happening in several games.

Similar designsEdit

Due to the ubiquity of the technology used, many different designs exist. Although some are made by the same manufacturer of the POP Station (such as the Neo Double Games) most are made by different Chinese companies with different shapes: some have an original appearance, others instead mocks other famous handhelds or consoles. For example, the PCP Station is another PSP clone, the Polystation 3 has the shape of a miniaturised PS3 and the WLL resembles a Wii Remote. The games are often built with cheap materials and are not very durable, particularly with models that require you to switch games by switching the LCD screens.

Cartridge systemsEdit

Certain POP Station clones allow you to play different games changing the LCD screen cartridge. This is the same method used by electronic handheld systems of the 80's like the V-Tech Variety or the Bandai Digi Casse, and in the 90's by the Tiger R-Zone. The cartridge contains the LCD display and all the electronics needed for the game, while the console itself provides only the physical controls, the batteries and the speaker, all wired to the socket where the cartridge is inserted. For instance, if all the various cartridges that comes with the various POP Station clones had all the same sizes and connector shape, those would be interchangeable with each other. Other POP Station clones could instead, to lower even more the production costs, use a single controller chip for all the different games: in this case only the LCD is changed and a selector is used to make the controller behave consistently with the selected game. This selector could be a simple switch used by the player before starting the game, or the cartridge itself could close the correspondent circuit with a pin (similarly as the Atari Cosmos cartridges). On a system of this kind only a predetermined number of games could be played.

Known GamesEdit

  • City Fighter/Street Fighter/Street Overlord/Super Fighter/King of Fighters/Street Hunter/Hero in the World/Immortal Fighter/Kung Fu/Tow Heros Rencounter (Street Fighter clone, due to the very limiting graphics the fighters appear to be throwing their own arms and legs at each other)
  • Chanticleer Hegemony (cockfighting game similar to City Fighter)
  • Soccer/Football/Football Match/Soccer Champion/Football Gbound of Legend/Foot Ball (crude soccer game with players moving vertically)
  • Submarine Invasion/Sea and Aviation War/Persian Gulf Battle/Sea-Sky War/Championship on the Sea/Strong Whale on the Sea/Submarine/Ser and Space Fighting/Laden vs. USA (a clone of Casio's CG-330 Submarine Battle from 1985. Shooting game involving a submarine gunning down planes. The Laden vs. USA one is especially infamous due to the fact that it features real 9/11 photographs on the package and the unit.)
  • Fortress Guardian/Helicopter/F-22 Fighter Planes/Dragonfly Battle Team (a clone of Casio's CG-370 Heli-Battle from 1987. A shooting game involving trying to keep your bases safe)
  • Basketball (appears to be based off of Soccer, but scrolls horizontally)
  • Space Guardian/Space Counter Strike/Space-Time Tercel (a clone of Bandai's Space Hawk 50 from 1985)
  • Super Mary (Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch clone)
  • Anti Terrorism (game that tries to imitate a first-person shooter, same engine as Space Guardian)
  • Racing Car/Formula 1/Blazing Autocyle/Nonsuch Fly Racing/Nonsuch Racing (Pole Position clone)
  • Motorcycle Match/Motorbike Race/Motorcycle (Pole Position clone with motorcycles)
  • Supreme Skiing/Skee (Pole Position clone with skis)
  • Boat Race/Skateboat (Pole Position clone with boats)
  • Snow Boarder (Pole Position clone with snowboards)
  • Munch Time and PiranhaMan (Pac-Man clones except one has Pac-Man himself and the other features a Piranha)
  • Angry Birds (clone of the mobile phone game of the same name)
  • Plants VS. Zombies (clone of the mobile phone game of the same name)
  • Loader and Porter (both the same Mario Bros. Game & Watch clone except one has Mario and Luigi and the other has 2 Popeye the Sailors)
  • Eagle Catch Chick/Baby Egg Protector (Green House Game & Watch clone)
  • Counter Strike (clone of the game of the same name)
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    A Review Of The POP Station.

  • Thunderbolt Airplane (Afterburner clone)
  • Brick Game (Tetris clone)
  • Contra - Snow Field (unconfirmed, but assumed to be a Contra clone)

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