Gamby: Retro Style Gaming on Arduino
Gamby – the Games for Arduino Made By You!
When I’m personally not security testing, I like to chill out, play games, play with electronics kits, and usual stuff like family time. I think its important to remember to leave work behind on the Friday, have some fun over the weekend, and resume the work life on Monday.
Today, I received my Gameby kit after seeing them demonstrated at Defcon 21. Regular followers of the blog, will know of my interest in Electronics, Raspberry Pi, Adafruits Ice-Tube Clock, and the IR-Blue Infrared Camera. I am also a fan of retro-gaming. So hearing that these little devices are limited to 500 – I had to have one! Mine is numbered 216/500; so there are only a few left up for grabs (10 6 5 4 3 left). Good news another batch has been produced. Sadly I missed the opportunity to buy on at the show so after my following months pay-check, I jumped on-line and bought one from Tindie (https://www.tindie.com/stores/logicalzero/) for $25(USD) (+$10 postage to GB).
Is it a Nintendo Gameboy? No! Its basically an Arduino shield, and games are programmed and uploaded through the Arduino interface. Already there are a few demo games, with more planned to be released shortly:
- Jewels (like bejewelled)
- Drop-The-Block (like Tetris)
Games by Team-arg:
- Shadow Runner
- T-bots (soon)
- XD1 (???)
- Bubble-Pop? (???)
Assembly instructions, are trivial to follow as nearly all the components are through-hole, with the exception of the LEDs (Surface-mount so can be tricky for beginners) and the Screen (which will simply clip in place). Instructions can be found on the logicalzero website: http://logicalzero.com/gamby/assembly/
Where to Buy One?
So if you fancy a Gamby, pick one up quickly before they all go…