Overview

Back in ye olde 2013, Arduino came out with the Arduino Esplora. It was much like an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and an Adafruit PyGamer rolled into one board. With an add on display, you had about a $100 self-contained handheld device (without a provision for a battery). Few games were made for the Esplora at the time. The author ported two games, Bounce and Pong, and even added an Adafruit MintyBoost to get it portable on a LiPo battery. The cost and the features did not find a market and the Esplora was quietly discontinued.

Fast forward to today: boards with modern microcontrollers and displays are proliferating, thanks to the lowering of costs and environments like MakeCode Arcade, allowing anyone to make graphical games! Several companies are making boards in this format including a number from Adafruit's PyGamer and PyBadge.

I told Ladyada I'd port one of the Arduino games from Esplora to PyGamer and she said "Go for it!". It was not difficult: if your old program used the Adafruit GFX Arduino library (and most Arduino display-based code uses that open source code), you can easily port the game to the modern Adafruit Arcada game libraries which are a superset of Adafruit GFX.

This game was originally written by R0d0t and featured in Hackaday back in 2012. It's been ported to Arcada and the scoring and controls have been improved.

Precompiled versions are available in UF2 format to drop onto your compatible boards.

Parts

The original Adafruit PyBadge or PyGamer boards work - an accelerometer is needed so the PyBadge LC is not compatible. 

Adafruit PyGamer for MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino

PRODUCT ID: 4242
What fits in your pocket, is fully Open Source, and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino games you write yourself? That's right, it's the Adafruit...
$39.95
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Adafruit PyGamer Starter Kit

PRODUCT ID: 4277
Please note: you may get a royal blue or purple case with your starter kit (they're both lovely colors)What fits in your pocket, is fully Open...
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Adafruit PyBadge for MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino

PRODUCT ID: 4200
Coming soon! Sign up to be notified when we have these in stockWhat's the size of a credit card and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino? That's...
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Mini Oval Speaker with Short Wires - 8 Ohm 1 Watt

PRODUCT ID: 4227
Hear the good news! This wee speaker is a great addition to any audio project where you need 8 ohm impedance and 1W or less of power. We particularly like...
$1.95
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Pink and Purple Braided USB A to Micro B Cable - 2 meter long

PRODUCT ID: 4148
This cable is super-fashionable with a woven pink and purple Blinka-like pattern!First let's talk about the cover and over-molding. We got these in custom colors,...
$3.95
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This guide was first published on Jun 26, 2019. It was last updated on Jun 26, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Nov 19, 2019.