portable arcade games
Portable arcade games and software for your flash drive and other portable devices


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If you’ve been watching way too many Space:1999 re-runs like I have lately, you might have gotten the urge to travel through space and explore the universe. If so, here’s a neat little portable app to help you do that; it’s called Celestia and it’s available at portableapps.com. Here’s an image of the Moon:

The portableapps version is for Windows, but if you go to the Celestia web site, you’ll also find versions for Mac and Linux.


Enigma is a puzzle remake of Atari’s Oxyd. The goal is to roll your marble around so that it hits the special Oxyd stones (usually they are located along the level’s outer walls, like the black stones in the screenshot below), which then open to reveal a coloured tile. You can open two at a time and have to match each pair together to solve the level. That sounds easy right? The fun part is that each level has tons of traps and puzzles that make it really challenging to get to those Oxyd stones!

Believe it or not, this free game has over 1,000 levels; that should keep us all pretty busy for some time!

Download: http://www.nongnu.org/enigma/index.html . Enigma is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.


Here’s a fun little weekend project to do: make a wall sized poster to decorate your room.

There are two portable tools to help you do this. The first is Rasterbator, which now has a portable version of their online image rasterizing software. Check out their gallery for inspiration and to get an idea of how the images will look like. You can play with the size of the dots to get different effects and sharper pictures.

The second tool you can use is posteriza. This software produces picture quality images (it’s not made of dots like the Rasterbator).


PouetChess is a portable 3D chess game for Windows and Linux. It comes with 8 levels of difficulty; the default is normal. You can change the camera view according to your preference with the arrow keys.

Great little game for when you can’t find anyone to play chess with!


From the same game developer who brought us the popular Cauldron Remake, comes a JavaCPC Emulator by DevilMarkus. The Amstrad CPC was a home computer popular in Europe and that came out about the same time as the Commodore 64. You can find out more about the Amstrad CPC at Wikipedia.

Note that you have to always press the reset button located under each game when changing or leaving a page to avoid sound issues.

You can also download a portable version of the Amstrad CPC emulator from the same developer. It can be downloaded here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/javacpc.


One of the biggest gripes I have with my iPod Classic is the fact that it does not play AVI format video files. 3GP Converter is a Windows-based lightweight and portable software for converting your videos to several formats, including iPod.

After you unzip the download, click on setup.exe to select your preferences. If you’re converting for iPod, scroll down the list of models and select “Model: MP4, for iPod“.

Then, run the 3GP_Converter.exe and drag your AVI files in the top area where it says “Drag and Drop Files Here“. Don’t forget to select an output directory.

3GP Converter does an excellent job at converting videos and it’s really easy to use.


[See Part 2 of this series for a Space:1999 Eagle simulator game]

Here are all the available Space:1999 paper craft models I’ve found on the internet. Unfortunately, I did not find one of moonbase Alpha…yet.

Beginner’s Version: An excellent model to start with since it’s a bit simpler. This one should be printed with a colour printer. Download at http://www.domatine.com/site.htm

Advanced Versions:The following two Eagles are the same except that the second one is coloured. I found these PDFs on zealot.com – a forum for model builders. The plans do not have a permanent home elsewhere on the internet, so I’m uploading them directly here. They are excellent and realistic models and are really challenging to build.

White Eagle: This Eagle can be printed on a black and white printer. white-eagle-2.pdf

Danoman Eagle: This Eagle looks best printed in colour. danoman-eagle.pdf

Moon Buggy
Build the moon buggy used in Space:1999. A reference photo is included in the download link.

Jay’s Box of Sc-Fi Card Toys has a whole bunch of free paper spaceship models to download. He has a lot of Star Trek ships too. From Space:1999, he has a Hawk available. These ships were seen only in the “War Games” episode from Season 1. Some good reference photos of the Hawk can be found at the Space:1999 Catacombs.

Download this model directly at http://www.savefile.com/projects/1034167 and scroll down to Hawk Mk. IX.

UPDATE: Here are 2 additional papercraft models for a Space:1999 commlock and laser gun

The commlock used for communications and opening doors. http://users.sdccu.net/chthulhu2/models/commlock.html

Stun Gun
A paper model of the guns used on the show. http://users.sdccu.net/chthulhu2/models/stungun.html


Space:1999 Part 2- Eagle Simulator

[See Part 1 of this series for a Space:1999 video game]

You can finally fulfill your dream of flying an Eagle over Moonbase Alpha! Just follow these steps and you’ll be ready for lift-off in no time.

STEP 1: Download Orbiter
Orbiter is a free space flight simulator that can be downloaded at http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/. It’s a no-install app, so all you have to do is unzip the downloaded file and you’re done!

STEP 2: Go to OrbitHanger to download Space:1999 add-ons

OrbitHanger is located at http://www.orbithangar.com/ and is a source of all kinds of add-ons for the Orbiter space simulator, including the Thunderbirds add-ons – remember that awesome 60s TV show?

All you need to get started is the Moonbase Alpha add-on, which can be found here http://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=2858. This version (V5a) includes the necessary New Eagle add-on.

Note that there are plenty of other Eagle packs available at this site for you to experiment with as well.

STEP 3: Unzip the Moobase Alpha V5a add-on into your Orbiter directory

After you unzip the add-on, click on orbiter.exe.

In the Orbiter Launchpad, you’ll see Moonbase Alpha; select it and choose an Eagle to fly!

STEP 4: Eagle 1 Ready for Launch!

If you’re an experienced flight sim flyer, then you’re probably ready to go. As for me, I needed some basic training first because I couldn’t get my Eagle off the ground :-D. If you’re like me, then I recommend you go through some of the documentation on the Orbiter website at http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/manual.html to help you get oriented. Good luck Commander!

In Part 3 of this series, I’ll show you how to build your own Eagle, as well as other models from Space:1999!


I’m a huge fan of the 1970’s TV show Space: 1999: a massive nuclear explosion on the moon knocks it out of Earth’s orbit and sends it out on a journey into space along with the personnel of Moonbase Alpha (and all their cool spaceships called Eagles). I know, I know, the premise is not very scientific, but it was the 70s and it had great actors (Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse), a funky opening song (in Season 1 anyway), awesome special effects, thoughtful writing and did I mention the cool Eagles?

I’m currently re-watching this series and wish I had some Space:1999-based video games to play and another Eagle model to build like the one I had in the 70s. Here’s a 4 part series on what I’ve found to date.

The first game is a simple vertical scrolling game for Windows that’s small and portable. As one of the few Space:1999 games out there, this one is definitely going in my collection. Download it here.

In Part 2, I’ll show you how to fly your own Eagle on Moonbase Alpha…and it’s a portable solution so you can fly your Eagles anytime, anywhere!


Fish Fillets

Fish Fillets is a puzzle game having the objective of helping 2 fish to find their way out of each of the 70 level screens. This is done by having them push things out of the way and working together to help each other out.

The fish are secret agents (Mission Impossible-style) and have several cases to solve (you’ll learn about them in the second level via the self-destructing message. With 70 levels, the game should keep you entertained for some time!

Fish Fillets is available for Linux, Windows and Mac!


Planet of the Jellies!

Ok, here’s a strange looking portable game that is a cross between Space Invaders and Match 3…hmmm how can these two completely different games work together, you might ask?

Enter Planet of the Jellies. Instead of shooting at our space invaders, we click on them so that they drop down, stacking identical aliens on top of each other. Once you stack 3 in a row – they disappear!

The music is fun, the graphics are cute and the game can be addictive! Here’s a screenshot:


Utilities: Text File Splitter

Textwedge is a portable text file splitter. Text splitters have various uses, but they are invaluable if you have an iPod and love to read ebooks due to the 4 KB file size limitations it imposes.

How to Split eBooks for your iPod

Step 1: Open up Textwedge and select Dialogs from the main menu.

Step 2: In the Dialogs menu, select Configure Standard Splitting.

Step 3: In the dialog box, enter 4000 bytes in the Maximum chunk sizes text box.

Step 4: Now you’re ready to load and split a file. To do that, select Load & Split from the File menu.