Playdate pre-orders start next month and here are the first few games

Panic has announced that Playdate, its $ 179 handheld console with a crank and black and white screen, will be available for pre-order in July and ship later in the year. The company hasn’t set a specific date yet, but says it will be announced at least a week in advance before orders open.

Panic is doing its best to avoid a warehouse situation of the type PS5 / RTX 3080 by implementing its own ordering system. “The sooner you order, the sooner you’ll get one, but we won’t close the door for you,” says co-founder Cabel Sasser in a video update.

The company is also announcing an adorable stereo dock accessory for the Playdate that makes it look like an old TV and works as both a bluetooth speaker and a pen holder. Panic has not yet released any pricing or release information for the dock.

Finally, Panic announced 21 of the 24 titles that will appear in the first “season” of Playdate. Details are intentionally kept secret until each game is automatically downloaded to the device; Owners receive two games per week for 12 weeks.

Here are the title screens for all 21 games:

And here is the list of games and their developers:

  • Crankin’s time travel adventure by uvula (Keita Takahashi, Ryan Mohler), Matthew Grimm and Shaun Inman

  • Battleship Godios by TPM.Co Soft Works.

  • Casual Birder by Diego Garcia with music by Max Coburn

  • DemonQuest 85 by Alex Ashby, Lawrence Bishop, Duncan Fyfe, Belinda Leung, and Jared Emerson-Johnson

  • Echoic Memory by Samantha Kalman, Everest Pipkin, Carol Mertz and Rachelle Viola

  • Executive Golf DX by davemakes

  • Pinball lifter from Serenity Forge

  • Forrest Byrnes: Up in Smoke by Nels Anderson and Christina “castpixel” Neofotistou

  • Hyper Meteor by Vertex Pop (Mobeen Fikree, Robby Duguay and h Heron)

  • Lost Your Marbles by Sweet Baby Inc. & Friends

  • Omaze by Gregory Kogos

  • Pick Pack Pup by Nic Magnier and Arthur Hamer (he / him) with music by Logan Gabriel

  • Questy Chess by Dadako

  • Ratcheteer by Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm and Charlie Davis

  • Sasquatchers by Chuck Jordan with music and sound by Jared Emerson-Johnson

  • Zach Gage snake with art by Neven Mrgan

  • Bewitched! by Jada Gibbs, Nick Splendorr, Ryan Splendorr and Tony Ghostbrite with music by A Shell in the Pit (Em Halberstadt)

  • Bennett Foddy zip fastener

  • Saturday edition by Chris Makris with music by A Shell in the Pit (Gord McGladdery, Alfonso Salinas)

  • Whitewater Wipeout by Chuhai Labs (Giles Goddard, Mark Lentz, Peter Traylor, Hero Liao, Remy Thor, Charlie March, Kensaku Nakata, Zach Aikman, Mihoko Terao and Kinsey Burke)

The Playdate has come a long way to be ready for the market. It was first announced in May 2019, and we got our first look at the console itself the following month.

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