Open gaming roundup: May 10 - 16, 2015

Arduboy, Lakka, Google release, and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Arduboy, Lakka for retro games, a Google release, and more!

Open gaming roundup: May 10 - 16, 2015

Open gaming with Arduboy

Creator Kevin Bates began a Kickstarter campaign to bring his tiny gaming device Arduboy to the public.

Arduboy is the size of a business card, just a few millimeters thick. It can be charged with a mini USB and gives 8 hours of play time. It runs 8-bit monochrome games, which are open source, like Alien Attack, Space Invaders, Ardumon, and more. Because the games are open, you will be able to edit and remix them. Tutorials will be available to create your own games on Arduboy.

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Lakka, a Linux-based retro game console

At Softpedia, read about Lakka, a Linux distribution that turns your system into a retro gaming console. Lakka is a lightweight distribution, based on OpenELEC an RetroArch. It runs on: PCs, Raspberry Pi, Hummingboard, and a lot more computer boards. It also support controllers from Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Lakka emulates NES, Super Nintendo, Gamboy, and more. Downloads are available for all major platorms.

Built on top of the famous RetroArch emulator, Lakka is able to emulate a large range of hardware and has some usefull features such as Braid-like rewinding, joypad hotplug and video streaming.

Google release: Games in Motion

Google has released an open source game sample called Games in Motion. The purpose of this release is to demonstrate to developers how they can make games using Google Fit and Android Wear. Games in Motion is available on GitHub.

New games out for Linux

Action Henk

RageSquid has released Action Henk for Linux, bringing improved online multiplayer, Twitch chat integration, and more.

Run, jump and butt-slide into the glorious toy-filled world of Action Henk! Become a master of momentum and defy physics as you race against a band of ragged 90s action figures to once and for all prove that Action Henk is the fastest of them all!

Interplanetary

Interplanetary was released on May 12. It's a turn-based strategy game where players play against each other in interplanetary battles. You can build your own home planet and use artillery to wage war.

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