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 retro handheld 1D arcade game system. The Circuit Playground board is a perfect board to explore coding based on creating retro LED type games with young programmers.
Our 1D arcade games are centered around retro LED gaming with just 10 NeoPixels. We focus on LED 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 while teaching young programmers how to code. With all of the sensors on the Circuit Playground, it makes the perfect platform for developing LED based games. Instead of 80s LEDs with no extra sensors, Circuit Playground with NeoPixels and a variety of sensors are available to create this 1D arcade game system.
The NeoPix Arcade Kit is a 1D arcade game system to encourage young programmers to code. The NeoPix Arcade Kit comes unassembled with or without a preprogrammed Circuit Playground that includes our 1D Pong Game to immediately start exploring basic game programming concepts on the Circuit Playground. The Circuit Playground Board has a host of sensors to create a variety of handheld electronic gaming projects.
The NeoPix Arcade Kit requires no soldering and includes:
To challenge makers to design 1D arcade games 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 with respect to 1D arcade game programming. The first game we developed for this 1D game system is a NeoPix 1D pong game to illustrate what type of games can be created on the Circuit Playground when multi-tasking different elements of an arcade game (sound, display, controller input).
The NeoPix Arcade Kit is a 1D arcade game system with the option of purchasing a preprogrammed Circuit Playground that includes our 1D Pong Game to immediately help young programmers start exploring basic game programming concepts on the Circuit Playground. Where else can you find a 1D arcade game system to motivate young coders while having fun? This is the first of its kind! Follow us on Twitter @iTapArcade and tell others about this project.
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.