The Clockwork GameShell is a handheld game system that looks like a Nintendo GameBoy… when it’s fully assembled. But there are a few things that set the GameShell apart from other gaming devices.

It runs open source software and it features a modular design. Clockwork sent me one earlier this year and it took me around a half hour to assemble the system and start playing games.

Thanks to the modular design you can also upgrade the hardware — Clockwork recently released a new core module featuring double the RAM and an HDMI port. You can either buy it as part of a whole new kit or just by the new module and put it in the original GameShell.

Don’t have an original GameShell? Maybe I can help. It’s time for a Liliputing giveaway.

As is usually the case with Liliputing giveaways, what I’m offering here is a lightly used device… but this time that means that I’m kind of robbing you of some of the experience.

I’ve already assembled the GameShell from its component parts. While I could take it apart before shipping it, it’d be kind of tough to put some of these components back in the box. So I’m going to ship an assembled GameShell to the winner of this contest and you can do whatever you’d like with it.

That involves upgrading to the newer CPU module, installing games or emulators, or just generally mucking around in the user forums to get ideas for things to do with the GameShell.

Anyway, here’s how to enter for a chance to win:

Update: This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner, Paul Johnson!

Leave a comment on this article by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, December 30th.

Ready for the fine print?

  • This contest is open to Liliputing readers with a valid shipping address in the Continental United States.
  • Please leave only one comment.
  • Please use a valid email address to leave your comment so I have a way to contact you.
  • I’ll randomly select a winner from the valid entries.
  • Once a winner has been contacted, that person will have 48 hours to respond before I pick a new winner.
  • Writers for Liliputing and close friends and family members are not eligible to win.
  • Neither is anyone who’s won another Liliputing contest in the past 30 days.

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156 replies on “Liliputing Giveaway: GameShell modular DIY handheld game console”

  1. These are pretty nice little systems, would love to have one for tinkering.

  2. This thing looks fun! I love retro gaming — I’d probably rather play an NES/SNES emulated game than a new one! I like that they made it a DIY device, too.

  3. Thank you!
    I read Liliputing everyday, it is the best way to be up to date on my favorite topics and also find the best deals.

  4. Liliputing rocks. Only tech product site that I read daily. The rest have too much other nonsense.

  5. Hey, I want free stuff! Also, I’ve been looking at this for a while, so it would be neat to get one

  6. That’s a cool little handheld. And even better the company is still supporting it.

  7. I’ve seen some videos of this little handheld in action. It’d be cool to actually get to fiddle with one.

  8. People still comment on blog pages? Cheers to that! And for once in my life, please, please, please let me get what I want. Lord knows it will be the first time…

    (But seriously I’ve been pining over this damn machine for a year now!)

  9. I’d like to see one of these in the flesh. I’ve tried a few different emulation devices over the years, but none of them have really hit that sweet spot of capabilities and ease-of-use yet.

  10. This looks cool and reminds me of other Raspberry Pi projects I’ve seen in the past

  11. I’ll try for this one too. Do I have a better chance if I mention that I’ve never made fun of any of your typos, Brad? 🙂

  12. I would love to take this thing for a spin!
    I live off-grid with no electricity and got my first RPi this autumn and I’m loving using it as my off-grid PC for stuff like video game asset creation in GIMP! I just wish i could do Unity game development on it, but not a chance… I’m gonna need to break down and replace my broken laptop for that.

  13. If I won this awesome otem, I will dedicate my life to mastering its many pleasures. And eating pizza.

  14. I hope more of this modular, open source stuff will continue to come on the market. Displays seem to be the least standardized, so I’m always curious to see how these modules interact with the LCD.

  15. I was just looking into this thing recently, which I’m sure means I am destined to win this unless I am not. Destiny can be cruel.

  16. Been looking at building something like this for a while, but the kits I’ve found have always left something to be desired. I’ll check out GameShell.

  17. This unit is awesome, you should do a Review of the Odroid-Go as well. It is the cheapest and quickest handheld retro console tbh. And rather amazing too.

  18. It’s great seeing more and more handhelds like this come onto the market.
    Thanks for doing this giveaway and keeping liliputing running, I enjoy your content.

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