ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tomy Sky Attack

Updated on June 13, 2013
RetroBrothers profile image

Martin has been a software developer for many years. This is mixed with a passion for retro machines and game,

Tomy 3D Sky Attack

Tomy Sky Attack was one of the first games released by Tomy who would manufacture quite a few other 3D type games (such as 3D Thundering Turbo) during the 1980s.

They would go under the 'Tomytronic' moniker.

The Tomytronic range was a series of portable handheld games released during the 1980s by Takara Tomy Co.

The devices resembled a pair of binoculars (as in you looked through two eyepieces to play the game) and also featured a strap so the player would be able to wear it round his or her neck in between games.

These games were quite remarkable at the time - simulating 3D perspective by having two LED panels that were lit by external light through a plastic 'window' on topmost part of the unit.

Tomy 3D Sky Attck

Tomy 3D Sky Attack. The ultimate in Tron-alike thrills!
Tomy 3D Sky Attack. The ultimate in Tron-alike thrills!

Sky Attack - The ultimate in gaming realism...

Back in the old days (the early 1980s!), and we're pre-GameBoy here, the only way to get your handheld gaming fix was from Nintendo's Game & Watch games, or from electronic table top arcaders such as Astro Wars and Astro Blaster.

By the mid 1980s there was a glut of similar games, and the technology was losing ground to the home computer sector as people turned to the likes of the home computer market (where in the UK ZX Spectrum Games and Amiga Games became incredibly popular).

So, how did Tomy make a product that stood out from the rest of the crowd?

With perhaps the greatest ever gimmick created in the hand-held genre!

It looked cool - and so did you

Boys 'n their toys. The space age truly had arrived with Tomy Sky Attack
Boys 'n their toys. The space age truly had arrived with Tomy Sky Attack

Tomy Gaming Prestige...

This game (and most by Tomytronic) were at the time, the ultimate in school-yard prestige.

They generally cost more than other hand held games and you almost felt like you were Luke Skywalker looking through his groovy electro-binoculars at a bunch of tusken raiders.

Until you realised that Han was way cooler that is.

The neckstrap meant that you never had to physically put the unit down in between games, and you imagined that you looked remarkably good wearing this futuristic device anyway.

The design of the casing was, at the time, just as exciting as the game itself.

The bino-game was very, VERY futuristic, and people wondered just what the hell you were looking at!

Well, as it happened you were looking at the ultimate in 3D graphics, the "bino's" drawing you into a whole new virtual reality.

Well almost!

Those 3D Glowing Graphics...

The colourful Tron-like graphics in Tomy Sky Attack
The colourful Tron-like graphics in Tomy Sky Attack

3D Sky Attack - Gameplay

In this 3D game, you had to control a tank like vehicle and defend it against maurauding aliens who swept across the sky towards you.

These 'sky attackers' dropped bombs down towards your tank - and you had to evade destruction and take those pesky bad guys out!

You had three 'lanes' in which you could sit as the 3D action relentlessley rolled towards you. You had to switch between left, middle and right to avoid the bombs whilst elevating your gun upwards to take those bad guys out!

As the game progressed the nasties grew larger in number and the speed of play increased.

The style of the game was very much rendered by glowing wire-frame graphics, and the LED glow really resembled the famous movie TRON.

The more light that came in through the 'window', the better the glow. On a really bright day you almost reached ready-brek luminescent proportions, that was until some prankster held their hand over the light gathering window...

The usual game features were there, extra lives on a certain score, more bad guys to contend with the further you went, high score...

There was no end to the game - you kept going until all of your lives were lost. Not to worry though, you would be straight back onto it for another go.

If you played it long enough you'd still be seeing wire-frame ships and tanks whilst you were sitting eating your dinner.

Great days...

Sky Attack In Action

Sky Attack Inside And Out

Collectors Items

The Tomytronic range really were a wonder at the time.

Original examples in the original box fetch a good price these days - they are true Vintage Classic Toys from the bygone golden era of hand held gaming - especially hand held 3D gaming.

Sky Attack was one of the most popular games in the Tomy series and is a true classic of the genre.

Just don't try playing it in the dark without a torch handy...

Music Video Inspired By Sky Attack

Any fans of Sky Attack?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      4 years ago

      How much is it worth to you? Just sitting here playing.

    • profile image

      shane b 

      9 years ago

      wishi ihad one used to use my cousins one v good times takes me back to when new stuff seemed amazing


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)