Game development is something you hear about a lot in news lately. Long hours, intense weeks of crunch, and the result is nothing short of magic. Digging into the programming behind it all, it becomes readily apparent why these things take so much effort to make.
If you’re looking to try it out without the need for vast programming skills and artistic talent, the PicoPew could be a great place to start. This little add-on lets you turn your TinyPICO ESP32 development board (sold separately) into a tiny MicroPython game console. It also happens to be compatible with the PewPew family of devices as well.
The display is composed of 8×8 LED pixels with a simple API in a high-level language. This means that quick prototypes and a streamlined workflow let you get results faster than ever before. Experienced developers can also find challenge in squeezing out every last bit of performance from the microcontroller.
The kit comes partially assembled with some soldering required. A TinyPICO is required, but things like a battery and 3D-printed case are optional if you want to add them on later.