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PlayJam GameStick

PlayJam GameStick

from  $129+
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70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The GameStick is fun to use, but right now there aren't enough sophisticated games to lure in more serious gamers.

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Pros
  • Portable
  • Inexpensive
  • Slick user interface
Cons
  • Limited selection of games
  • Hardware risks being outdated quickly
70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

70
 

User Reviews

70
NuAngel
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
The system feels like its off to a strong start, though -- as tends to be the case with these things -- it all depends on the content available. Thus far, a variety of not-so-thrilling Android games are available, but we're hopeful for the future.
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The Inquirer
Gamestick's decision to stick with a Super Nintendo style controller makes it familiar to any gamer over the age of 25, and despite having a completely flat back, the bulges on each side makes it a very comfortable device to hold. The firm's positioning of the analogue controllers felt good.
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T3
Our first impressions of the GameStick are generally positive ones. The gamepad, although larger than we envisaged, is sufficient for the kind of casual gaming that the system is aimed at and the simplicity of the setup gives it great appeal.
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Laptop Magazine
During our time with the device, we navigated GameStick’s custom, heavily-simplified UI, complete with full player profiles and a fully functional online store. We didn’t experience any lag or slowdown through the GameStick’s proprietary controller.
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Game Informer
One of my biggest annoyances with the system is the fact that any purchase you’ve already made on Google Play will not transfer over to the Game Stick. This system features a separate store, so you’ll have to buy all of the games you’ve already purchased all over again.
 
60
Expert Reviews
A well-designed micro-console, but Android just doesn't have enough high-quality games available to make the most of it.
 
50
TechRadar
It offers nothing meaningfully unique, and is almost universally either a little behind or considerably behind other consoles in other areas. There's the potential for something good in the idea for the GameStick, but it remains unrealised here.
 
80
VentureBeat
While streaming nongame content is a bit of a disappointment, the GameStick is a satisfying alternative to buying Android based tablets and smartphones if all you want to do is access games released on that operating system.
 
70
Tom's Guide
The GameStick is a sleek, intuitive alternative that could catch up if it had the right software, but right now, it lacks enough titles to make it competitive.
 
70
Engadget
The GameStick is fun to use, but right now there aren't enough sophisticated games to lure in more serious gamers.