Tomy’s Most Impressive Handheld, “Tron”

My cousin seemed to obsessively collect handhelds so it was a treat to visit him when we were young. The finest game he ever had was Tomy’s Tron. To this day I consider it one of the most impressive handheld games I had the honor to play in the 1980s. Based on the Bally/Midway Tron game, the handheld had multiple play modes, each of them offering a unique challenge. The thing also looked amazing. It has great blue and white accents with a smoky plastic body that allowed you to peer inside the game. It was like so many great Tomy games … very well thought out. Take a look…

Here are some video of the various modes:

Tomy’s Handheld Tron Light Bike Stage

Tomy’s Handheld Tron Ring Stage

Tomy’s Handheld Tron MCP Stage

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9 thoughts on “Tomy’s Most Impressive Handheld, “Tron”

  1. OffisaPups says:

    Having a dad who was way into Sci-Fi and some what into video games, I had the pleasure of owning one of these. Man do I miss the day of LCD games (Tiger Electronics anyone?). Saddly my Tron did not survived a shift of toys at the bottom on my closet back in the early 90’s. Still, one of the best LCD games ever!

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Whoa
    I’m surprised at how well conceived the visuals and gameplay are for an LCD take on Tron.
    I’ve seen this in a catalog but couldn’t convince the folks to splurge for the extra cost of the batteries these bigger ones ate up (like the four C batteries per day for my Pac-Man Arcade LCD).
    But now I have rechargeable batteries, a Security Access 7 keyboard and strong anti-MCP desires.
    Mwouahahahaha…
    (drools)
    (dashes off to Ebay)

  3. Hot Pink Nation says:

    Oh… MY… Gawd! I totally had that Tron handheld and it was awesome!!

    I wish I knew what happened to it all those years ago…

  4. vinvectrex says:

    I’ve heard of this, but never done the research into it. Now, I’m convinced its the best handheld ever. Thanks for the education!

  5. Pal G. says:

    I found a simulator of this many years ago, that ran in windoze.. I will dig around for it and update this post if I can find it.

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