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Issue 20 HackSpace magazine: Minimalist Game Controller with #CircuitPlaygroundExpress #CircuitPython #Adafruit #Gaming @HackSpaceMag @ben_everard @adafruit

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Ben Everard in HackSpace Magazine writes about using CircuitPython to easily turn an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express educational/multifunction board  into a USB-connected game controller.

We’re going to look at a really simple game inspired by Moon Buggy – an old terminal-based Unix game where you’re driving a buggy across the moon, and have to jump over boulders that litter your path.

In our game, we’ll use the ten pixels on a Circuit Playground Express to represent our moon, with red pixels indicating rocks, and white pixels representing our buggy as it drives around this tiny planet. Touching one of the pins will be the only input to the game – it will make the buggy jump for one step. If you hit this, you can clear a rock and keep going, otherwise, you crash out and have to start again.

It takes less than 50 lines of Python to get this game running, here shown in the Mu editor

See the full write-up in Issue 20 of HackSpace Magazine (PDF pages 86 to 87).


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