Bananarama, jelly bracelets, drawstring pants, Rubik’s Cube, “Manimal.” Some people remember the 1980s for its ear-shaking pop music, over-the-top styles and ridiculous TV shows. But the ’80s was also the first gadget decade of the PC, portable electronics like the Walkman and handheld consoles like Gameboy.
Today, most of the top ’80s gadgets have joined leg warmers and parachute pants in history’s dustbin (aka eBay ). A recent article on Trendingbuffalo .com shows how nearly every product in a 1991 Radio Shack ad is now just one small feature of a smartphone. Fortunately, if you still want to party like it’s 1989, you can turn your phone into an Atari, a Polaroid or any of these nine great ’80s gadgets (we could have written one less but eight is not enough). Here’s how.
Modern football games are way too complex and time-consuming. Where you could spend days combing through playbooks, changing lineups and even playing through a season in Madden NFL 25, in 1980, you needed only 5 minutes to play a game of electronic football, no knowledge of the game required. Mattel's handheld football game had a simple playing field with players represented by small red lights. All you had to do was use the buttons to move your red light ball carrier past the red light defenders and on to the other side of the screen.
Available for both iPhone and Android (via Amazon’s app store), touchGrove's LED Football re-creates the old electronic football game, complete with controls that look like the old Mattel buttons and classic beeping noises. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should download this game to his phone, because he could learn a thing or two.