Create electronic games in Python based on the Circuit Playground ExpressDesigned by iTapArcade, Ships from United States of America
Why create a Handheld Electronic Game Kit for the Circuit Playground Express? Imagine having the ability to create retro type LED games similar to the classic handheld LED games of the late 70s and...Read More…
Imagine having the ability to create retro type LED games similar to the classic handheld LED games of the late 70s and early 80s but with only 10 NeoPixels oriented in an arc combined with lots of sensors! We are challenging makers to create games that transform the Circuit Playground board into a handheld electronic game system leveraging our electronic game kit. The Circuit Playground is a perfect board to explore coding based on creating retro LED type games with young programmers.
This handheld electronic game kit leverages the sensors on the Circuit Playground while using the 4 buttons of the kit as additional inputs to support multiplayer games. We focus on LED type (now NeoPixels) gaming because it provides a great way to teach basic coding and gaming concepts while keeping costs low. LED based games were fun as portable handheld gaming systems for us who grew up in the 80s, so I am seeking to capture that same kind of fun with Circuit Playground Express while teaching young programmers how to code. With all of the sensors on the Circuit Playground, it makes the perfect platform for developing handheld electronic games. Instead of 80s LEDs with no extra sensors, Circuit Playground includes NeoPixels and a variety of other sensors to create handheld electronic games.
This handheld electronic game kit encourages young programmers to code. The kit comes comes preassembled with 4 buttons soldered to the game kit circuit board. A Circuit Playground Express is included. We are currently building a library of games in Python. The Circuit Playground Express includes a 1 to 4 player tennis game in Python to immediately start exploring basic Python electronic gaming. The Circuit Playground boards have a host of other sensors that we plan to leverage to create a variety of handheld electronic gaming projects.
The Circuit Playground Handheld Electronic Game Kit requires no soldering and includes:
To challenge makers to design handheld electronic games using NeoPixels and explore basic gaming programming concepts on the Circuit Playground with young programmers. We are currently creating games to explore a variety of coding concepts in both Arduino and Python. The first game we developed for this handheld electronic game kit is a 1 to 4 player tennis game to illustrate what type of games can be created on the Circuit Playground.
Where else can you find an electronic game kit to motivate young coders while having all these sensors to explore leveraging Python? This is the first of its kind! Follow us on Twitter @iTapArcade and tell others about this project.
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Philip | Feb. 25, 2017
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ITapArcade focuses on developing innovative arcade controller kits for enhancing gameplay with indie software games for both mobile and desktop devices. I develop a variety of software and hardware projects. I hope to provide arcade controller kits that inspire you to be creative.