"Just when you thought the most sorry, pathetic excuse for a video game was the Tiger Wrist Games; Oh, no! Imagine playing one of [them]... up close to your eye... in red-and-black."
—The Angry Video Game Nerd
The R-Zone was a game console developed by Tiger Electronics (not to be confused with Tiger Telematics, developers of Gizmondo) and is believed by many an attempt to rip off the Virtual Boy with red and black colors and thus is considered by many to be even worse than the Virtual Boy. It was also known for being the worst game console the Angry Video Game Nerd (James Rolfe) has ever played until it was dethroned by the LJN Video Art. Classic Game Room stated that it is red and blurry. There are four models: the head gear model, the Xtreme Pocket Game, the Super Screen, and the most rare of the bunch: the Data Zone.
Why it Flopped
- The most famous model, the head strap, ripped off the Virtual Boy the most by attaching the screen near your eyes (though the head strap is the one positive thing about the model) and giving gamers headaches and eye strain. Having the eye piece over one eye forces you to either go crosseyed or to cover or close your other eye to look at it properly.
- The other three models are a little more comfortable to use, but have their own problems. The Xtreme Pocket Game relies on a mirror to reflect the game into the player's eyes, which just looks awkward. The Super Screen is extremely bulky, almost as much as the Sega Game Gear or Atari Lynx. The Data Zone is very rare, and not particularly comfortable or useful as either a gaming device or an electronic organizer.
- There was little to no variety when it came to games.
- Could not save data.
- Could not link to other players.
- Could not adjust audio settings, beyond muting the audio entirely. The system also didn't have anything more than a beeper for sound, meaning that sound effects tended to be annoying, and music even worse.
- Considered by many to be a legal knock off of a legitimate (if itself quite poor) video game system constructed in the 90's with unimpressive minimalistic hardware.
- The commercials featured a kid screaming in horror, as well as misrepresenting the quality of the games by showing footage from versions on other systems, only tinted red.
- It is basically the same as Tiger's LCD Games, except red and blurry.
The Only Redeeming Quality
As mentioned, the head strap model ripped off the virtual boy, but added a head strap on it, something the Virtual Boy lacked