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 is a fun, interactive game. No programming required, copy and run files are included!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.