Retro Gadgets is a sandbox where you build, code, and customize gadgets inspired by old-school electronics.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (33) - 87% of the 33 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (331) - 94% of the 331 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 30, 2022

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Retro Gadgets is a cozy environment where to build and share Gadgets. We have been working on the game for a couple of years and we believe we reached a point where it has enough features to be a great creative experience.

However, a game like this REALLY needs community feedback to evolve in the right direction, and we think Early Access is a great opportunity to do so.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until we are happy and confident with the features included in the game. Ideally about one year, but this could change.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The complete version will have more features, more content, and be better polished.

We want to add modules, content creation tools, and the ability to generate content from retro gadgets that you can use independently on your computer.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“You can build gadgets, paint them and code them. You can also share them with the community. The basic features are there. We have a pixel art editor but we are missing tools for the creation of audio. We also want to improve the game's capability to import and export content.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Our current plan is to increase the price of the game once the Early Access is complete. People that choose to support us early in development will get the game at a reduced price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Community feedback will be invaluable to help us build better tools for Gadget Creation. We have set up a community discord where we will be gathering feedback and interacting with the players on a day-to-day basis. You can join the Discord here
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About This Game

You look up from your cosy little workbench. It's dark out, what time is it? It doesn't matter; you've been in the flow and are adding the final touches to your latest retro gadget. Just one more line of code, a spray of paint here, a sticker there – it's done. You power it on... The start-up sound kicks in... the needles on the gauges flutter, and the screen lights up... it's glorious. It's ready to share with the world. Now, all it needs is a name.

The Gadget Maker

Feel the exhilaration of building your own eye-popping real-working gadgets. Lose yourself as you build, solder, code, customise, and play with electrifying gadgets at your relaxing workbench. Build video game consoles, weather machines, lightboards, radios, drum machines... any gadget you can think of. What will you come up with next?

Feel the Power

Retro Gadgets gives you the power to invent! Solder circuit boards, add buttons and switches, speakers and lights, connect and code CPUs, audio and video chips, flick the on button and see your gadget come to life. You have the vision, you can build the gadgets!

A World of Gadgeteers

Check out gadgets made by people all over the world. Download any gadget, play with it, take it apart, see how it works, build your own version. Is the world ready for your awesome gadget?

Cosy Workbench

Tinker, test and lose track of time at your friendly pixel art workbench. Everything feels tactile and satisfying to use. Open drawers to find what you need. Solder and paint. Print and place stickers with tweezers. Connect parts with magnets. Twist knobs, tap buttons, flick switches. Trust us, you've never played anything like this!

Unbeatable Components

There is an ever-growing collection of buttons, switches, dials, gauges, lights, LEDs, LCDs, chips, joysticks, speakers, circuit boards, and more. Everything you need to create a lean mean sexy machine. Now, all it needs is a name!

Striking Styles

Make your gadgets feel truly personal. Connect boards to make new shapes. Spray components with different colours. Design and use stencils to create unique designs. Draw, print, and apply your own stickers. Or upload a logo for that more professional touch!

Be a Software Superstar

You've built your gadget, now it's time to code! Write and debug your own code in our Lua coding environment, or upload it directly to the CPU. Program games, live weather stations, drum machines, cameras, video players, radios... the possibilities are endless.

Gadget Archive

We know what it's like - you're busy spray painting your latest masterpiece, when BOOM, inspiration hits and a new idea flashes into your mind. Well, simply store your gadget in the archive drawer, pull out an old gadget to work on and fix, or start a whole new gadget. Make as many as you want!

Untether Your Gadget

Your gadgets don't have to stay in Retro Gadgets, oh no! With the flick of a switch bring your gadgets to your computer desktop!

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Microsoft Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo 2GHz or AMD equivalent (or better)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD series 5000 (or better) or discrete video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) / 11
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 series or AMD equivalent (or better)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 4)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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