I am moving to a new house in a few weeks. So it’s time to put my retro collection in boxes, ready to be moved. While emptying my loft I found a retro handheld that I forgot I have even had: The Merlin.
The Merlin was released in 1978 and runs on a 4-bit microcontroller from Texas Instrument called TMS1100. Merlin was the brainchild of Bob Doyle, his wife Molly and his brother-in-law Wendl Thomis. The device was a huge success and sold over 5 million units during its initial production run.
Merlin is seen as the first electronic handheld that had multiple games built-in. The six built-in games are surprisingly fun to play, despite their simple appearance.
In this video I show you all the games you can play on a Merlin.