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Learn - Build - Code - Play

Welcome to iTapArcade where we provide fun ways to learn how to code based on creating retro handheld games on a variety of coding platforms like the Micro:bit, Circuit Playground, and Raspberry Pi.   We like to demonstrate coding concepts with just LEDs and NeoPixels when possible.  We like to create games leveraging the Micro:bit and Circuit Playground as handheld electronic game development platforms based on some variant of Python.  We are creating a series of electronic game projects centered around Python to inspire coders of all ages.  Check out our latest Button Shield Kit for the Circuit Playground Express (CPX) to explore CircuitPython coding with Neopixels.  Explore how we create CircuitPython based games like a 4 player pong game.  Follow us on Twitter @iTapArcade so you know when we release  games for our Button Shield Kit.  Our kits provide a great platform for learning CircuitPython game programming with your CPX.  In the coming months, look for a variety of game projects for the micro:bit to help teach game coding concepts.

Current Game Project:  Creating MicroPython Games on the Micro:bit with the Paddle:Bit

Using games on the micro:bit to teach Python coding concepts helps students focus on core gaming concepts while learning how to develop games with a limited display (5x5 grid of LEDs) to create games.  This is a great coding problem for developers with real-world consequences normally found in various engineering disciplines.   We seek to create MicroPython based games based on our Paddle:Bit game controller.  Our first game is a racing game that operates with similar game mechanics as the Auto Race game shown below.  A paddle is used to dodge cars on our racing game.  The Auto Race game is based on Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) (before NeoPixels) released in 1976 by Mattel Electronics.  We seek to create a similar car game on the micro:bit with the Paddle:Bit game controller. Follow us on Twitter @iTapArcade to get more information about our Micro:bit gaming projects and the Paddle:Bit. 

paddle:bit with micro:bit

Paddle:bit Game Controller

  Example of the Auto Race handheld electronic game by Mattel