I’ve expressed my love for Takara’s Triple-Flips several times on Retroist.com. But they weren’t the only portable games out there in the 80s. There were also Flipsiders.

Milton Bradley’s Flipsider didn’t have as many games as a Triple-Flip. They only had one. However, they were built into a cassette tape. A neon cassette tape, no less, and nothing was cooler in the 80s than a neon cassette tape. There was also no need for dice, because the spinable spools served that purpose. And look at those packaging! There were no square sides for these guys. They were slanted all the way. Awesome.


The commercial says there were six, but a few more were added in the early 90s for a total somewhere around 20. There was Chopper Chase, Checkered Flag, Dragon Master, Danger Dive, Alien Assault, and, the one I would have been most interested in as a kid, Ghostly Estates. You can find a few of these on Ebay. They’re a little too high for something I’m just gonna stick in my 80s treasure box, but if you have someone who actually wants to play, you might want to pick on up.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Funny, I just saw an iOS app for Flipsiders last night!

    Personally, I had the race track one! My sister and I would play that all the way to Vegas when we were kids.

    No, my parents weren’t gamblers, our grandma lived up there!

    Heh, I remember someone giving me an Alf doll at Circus Circus one time when I was about 6… but I digress.

  2. This is why I love this site so much. I had these when they were new and they will pop into my head every now and then but I had all but given up on trying to remember what they were called.

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