" Through sheer number and weight of accessories, you can immediately count this as useful for either fending off bears or building several different life saving devices- such as a radio, metal detector, tactical nuclear warhead, or holographic pornography projector in the event you get stuck on a deserted island. "
Title: Traveler’s Pack by Mad Catz
Format: Game Boy Color Accessories
Reviewing Monkey: Dungapult
The Hype: In a sheer stroke of genius, Mad Catz released an inexpensive, all-inclusive, and handily portable set of peripherals for your Game Boy. The idea is that this will be the only accessory you ever need to buy to keep your little Monkey paws happy on that annecdote 8 bit system. Does it work? Read on, Monkey Faithfulls…Read on.
What This Monkey Thought...
Usefulness: Through sheer number and weight of accessories, you can immediately count this as useful for either fending off bears or building several different life saving devices- such as a radio, metal detector, tactical nuclear warhead, or holographic pornography projector in the event you get stuck on a deserted island. However, even if all you use it for is playing with your Game Boy, I still don’t think you’ll be too disappointed. To begin with, it includes a traditional magnifying/light screen adapter, a snap on joystick front, and of course a handy carry case to fit all your crap in. But, far more impressively, it also comes with a plug in stereo speaker attachment and an ergonomic rechargeable battery pack. Put all this together and you end up with one hell of a tricked out Game Boy. Use the battery to increase play life exponentially, the magnifier to play with less eye strain and in the dark, the speakers to mad pump that bad ass mono midi, and the joy stick attachment to keep your hands from cramping up quite so bad (so you can then cramp them with other activities involving different joy sticks), all in all, a kick ass combo. 5 out of 5
Compatibility: Though it took our limited primitive intellects a while to sort out where everything goes (there are no instructions) we finally managed to get everything plugged in, hooked up, and turned on (ooh and ahh noises followed). The only bummer, and it’s a pretty sizable bummer at that, is the battery and speakers can’t be hooked up at the same time. The speakers plug into the headphone jack at the bottom of the unit and the rechargeable battery pack clicks into where the regular batteries would go…which means that they smack straight into each other if you try and hook ‘em both up, a pretty heinous disappointment. Still, when you realize that they’re only going to deliver that same lame ass squealing midi that every GB game plays, only louder, you’ll quickly decide the speakers can go. 4 out of 5
Performance: Everything works. Yah! And, considering that it’s hardware we’re talking about here…could you really expect any less? Still, it all performs admirably and attaches nicely. Definitely the highlight though (which is why I’ve saved it until now), is that the battery pack is in a roughly inverted "U" shape with two protruding grips jutting from the bottom. This, in effect, turns your GBC into the same ergonomic shape as a N64 or Playstation controller! No longer do you have to try and wrap your big ass paws around that tiny little box, now you have honest to Monkey handholds! It’s Sweet! Quite frankly, that feature alone is almost worth the purchase price. 5 out of 5
Aesthetics: Manufactured in semi-transparent purple and shaped in that traditional anime-rounded style that controllers have taken on for the last 5 years, the system looks pretty kick ass, sleek, flashy, and all around killer. Plus, once you put it all on, your unit becomes virtually unidentifiable as a Game Boy…So you won’t look like quite such a geek. 5 out of 5
Are you kidding? This set up is MUST HAVE! It’s every possible accessory you could have needed for your Game Boy Color all wrapped into one nice little package. Buy this or continue to suck forever.
The Good: Everything you want: Speakers, Magnifier, Light, Battery Pack, Joystick, and Grips.
The Bad: Can’t use the battery and speakers at the same time.
The Overall Ugly: Considering that any one or two of these features separately costs as much as this bundle you’re stupid not to give it a try.
What it's Worth: I’ve seen it for $30 retail…But I’d actually pay a hellova lot more than that if I had to.