Velleman Classic TV Pong Game Kit Reviews

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  1. TheRover "Nathan" says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    An easy build, but disappointing game play., May 6, 2012
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    TheRover “Nathan” (Chicago, IL USA) –

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    This went together pretty easily; I think it took about 1.5hrs with a 5 year old “assistant” slowing me down. The instructions are not like an old Heathkit; they are geared towards someone with more experience identifying components, orienting them correctly, stuffing and soldering them to the PCB. It took me a little while to deduce that you launch the “ball” by pressing both the up and down buttons simultaneously- that is not explained anywhere in the instructions. The other issue is that even on skill level I, the ball moves quite fast, to the point of being very difficult to play; I was trying to get a volley going with someone who is an experienced video game player and we were both really struggling. Younger kids don’t stand a chance. Additionally, up and down buttons are not as pleasant to use as a proportional knob type controller on a vintage pong game. All in all, it’s a fun little exercise to build, it’s amazing how few components are needed to build an actual video game, but the game play is a disappointment. Sometimes most of the fun of a kit is assembling it, and that was true in this case.

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  2. GeekNFreakDotCom says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for Hobbyists, April 29, 2009
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    GeekNFreakDotCom (Chicago, IL USA) –

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    This was so much fun to build. Would recommend for beginners. No computer knowledge needed just decent soldering skills. Took me only 3 hours to get it up and running.

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  3. I Feel Fine says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    As advertised, June 29, 2013
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    I Feel Fine (San Diego CA) –

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    This bag of parts includes a pcb, a PIC based microcontroller, a quartz crystal and handful of resisters, capacitors, and diodes. The IC means this is a black box with the “assembly” amounting to pull-down resistors. Not bad for an introduction to soldering. But obviously that’s where the educational value stops. The assembly directions are super sparse. They’re printed on the backside of the cardboard label. Someone with experience will need to supervise closely. Make sure you have desoldering braid. A very sharp attention to detail may do as well.

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