30 episodes

Playdate is the new handheld that comes with a unique 1-bit screen and 24 free games! The Playdate Podcast takes you behind the scenes for stories from game designers and developers, and the people who made the little yellow game console with a crank. Hear about the ups and downs of development, and get inspired to make your own Playdate games, using the free software development kit or Playdate’s no-code, browser-based game maker, Pulp!

Playdate Podcast Panic

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    • 5.0 • 56 Ratings

Playdate is the new handheld that comes with a unique 1-bit screen and 24 free games! The Playdate Podcast takes you behind the scenes for stories from game designers and developers, and the people who made the little yellow game console with a crank. Hear about the ups and downs of development, and get inspired to make your own Playdate games, using the free software development kit or Playdate’s no-code, browser-based game maker, Pulp!

    Mars After Midnight

    Mars After Midnight

    Lucas Pope on how he builds games, what inspired him to create one for a younger audience, and what drew him to design that game especially for Playdate!

    • 29 min
    Faraway Fairway

    Faraway Fairway

    Faraway Fairway is a procedurally-generated mental health golf game--but what does that mean? Hedgehog Dreams Studio Head Rokashi talks about their journey to create a relaxing golf adventure that's all about persistence and taking care of yourself.

    • 21 min
    A Love Letter to Video Games

    A Love Letter to Video Games

    For this final episode of the first season of the Playdate Podcast, Christa wanted to do something a little different. So she asked the Playdate team and the Season One developers one question: "What do you love about video games?"

    • 46 min
    Reel Steal and Recommendation Dog!!

    Reel Steal and Recommendation Dog!!

    Panic wants everyone to make games for Playdate, and creating better, more empathic stories—while diversifying the games industry—is key to the mission of narrative development company Sweet Baby Inc. So Panic and Sweet Baby, along with Strange Scaffold, teamed up to pair industry veterans with first-time developers from diverse backgrounds to create and ship two Playdate games in just six months. Hear how the mentors and mentees approached these projects, and then download and play Reel Steal and Recommendation Dog!! for free, via Catalog for Playdate!

    • 33 min
    Ratcheteer

    Ratcheteer

    Everything is a remix, but how do you ensure you're paying homage to the things you love, rather than just rehashing them? Designer/Developer Shaun Inman and Composer/Sound Designer Matthew Grimm talk about drawing inspiration while creating something new and original, with their Link's Awakening-inspired game, Ratcheteer——which won "Game of the Year" in the 2022 Playdate Community Awards!

    • 28 min
    Catalog

    Catalog

    How would Panic approach making a game store? Designer Neven Mrgan, Playdate Developer Relations Head Arisa Sudangnoi, and Panic Co-Founder Steven Frank talk about creating a curated selection of games where it's fun to browse and to buy! Plus: hear from some of the developers whose games are part of Catalog’s debut!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Owen Van Vooren ,

Best. Console. Ever.

I’m not much of a gamer, but I discovered Playdate by accident and I absolutely love the system. It blew my mind when I realized that the brains behind arguably some of the weirdest but insanely addictive and fun games out there, one of them being Untitled Goose Game, paired with the technological wizards at Teenage Engineering to create this modern, retro, innovative, wacky, one-of-a-kind, hilarious, ingenious, odd, and altogether awesome handheld console. The teams at Panic and Teenage Engineering, along with all of the game developers, worked together seamlessly to create one of the greatest handheld masterpieces of all time. I can’t wait for the product to finally be released to the masses (myself included), and to finally play on this technological wonder that is Play date. Huge thanks to everybody who helped make this product, from the factory worker to the crank designer to the lead software designer. You just created the best handheld console of all time.

ebrpgs ,

Maybe one of the best gaming postmortem podcasts ever.

I don’t know what else to say other than bravo. The Playdate is an incredible unique platform but it turns out the people who have created its games and tackled its unique challenges are even more colorful. Major kudos to the host and editor, who manages to make the discussions brisk and adds commentary to make concepts even more accessible to newcomers. It’s an absolute joy and it makes me want more games for this system so that I get more episodes!

CastleOrange ,

Great interviews and great production

I listen to every ep

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