Mitashi, the manufacturer known for making the Indian counterpart of Sega Mega Drive and other consoles through the years, has launched GameIn Thunder Bolt, their take on portable gaming using Android 4.0 as an OS for the device. You will hardly find any difference between this and a Sony PSP, as the Thunder Bolt heavily borrows its design from the better known console.
The build quality of the device is apparent as it’s very plasticky. Apart from the usual set of directional and action buttons, you are pretty much covered for all gaming inputs as far as the buttons go. But the device also has two stiff triggers at the top. The display quality of Thunder Bolt is bad as you can clearly see pixels.
The good part about the screen though is the touch response. Mitashi has installed emulators for some of the most famous but old consoles such as NES, Nintendo 64, Sega Mega Drive, and also Playstation and they’ve pre-loaded ROMs for a few of them as well. You can go online and load more ROMs on the Thunder Bolt.
The Thunder Bolt is a boon when it comes to playing old classics like Mario or Mega Man, thanks to the included set of physical buttons which work well and do a good job in allowing you to relive old classics. But the Android gaming experience on the Thunder Bolt leaves a lot to be desired. The best feature of the Thunder Bolt has to be its key mapping app which works seamlessly.
It’s very easy to pull out the key mapper in between a game and change key bindings for on-screen button areas for certain Android games. Mitashi has inflicted damage on itself by not providing the Google Play Store on the Thunder Bolt; the user has no option but to search for APK files for apps online and install them on the device manually.
At Rs 6,799, there is no solid reason to buy the Thunder Bolt except if you want to enjoy old 8/16/64-bit games, but if that is your only requirement, you can go for Mitashi’s own Smarty Pro-V2.0 which is a cheaper alternative minus Android OS and a few other features.
>> Pre-loaded emulators with ROMs
>> Physical buttons
>> Key mapper works well
>> Decent battery life
>> Screen quality not upto the mark
>> No Play Store support
>> Android gaming could be better
GPU: Mali 400MP
DISPLAY: 4.3-inch (480 x 272 pixels)
Battery: 1000 mAh
OS: Android 4.0.4 ICS
In-BUILT MEMORY: 4GB (expandable upto 16GB via MicroSD Card)
Price: Rs 6,799