First TI-84 Plus CE Assembly Games Arrive
Published by KermMartian 8 years, 9 months ago (2015-06-22T21:12:45+00:00) | Discuss this article

The TI-84 Plus CE has only started arriving in retail stores in the past month, but already the industrious members of Cemetech have been exploring programming on the new calculator. Three of our esteemed assembly programmers, MateoConLechuga, DrDnar, and Patrick Davidson, have released assembly games for the TI-84 Plus CE based on their impressive programming work for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition. All three authors have created nostub (shell-free) programs, as despite the many requests for Doors CSE for the TI-84 Plus CE, we do not yet have an App key to be able to make Doors CSE and other Apps for the TI-84 Plus CE. Without further ado, the three authors' impressive creations, along with the downloadable files for each:
  • Portal Returns CE by MateoConLechuga: Simply put, a 2D Portal game. In the author's own words: "Enjoy blasting through space at breakneck speeds and almost being fried, crushed, and insulted all for the hope of cake at the end. With 78 total levels, the fun will probably end at some point. But that is why there is a level editor to make even more mind boggling puzzles. So, good luck, and remember that GLaDOS is always watching...". MateoConLechuga made this game as a port of his popular TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition game called Portal Returns, and we find that it shows off the speed and power of the TI-84 Plus CE well.

  • Robot Finds Kitten by DrDnar: A so-called "Zen simulation" game, you are a robot attempting to find a kitten in a field of assorted objects. Robot Finds Kitten has been ported to many different platforms in many different languages, and DrDnar's TI-84 Plus CE version is a port of his well-known TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition port of the game.

  • Pac-Man by MateoConLechuga: An authentic port of the hugely popular arcade game, Pac-Man brings the fast-paced gameplay and iconic graphics of the original to the TI-84 Plus CE. As an added bonus, MateoConLechuga has included the source code for programmers wishing to learn more about assembly programming on the TI-84 Plus CE. Unlike the other games in this list, Pac-Man is not a port of an existing TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition game, although Cemetechian assemblybandit made a Pac-Man game for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition.

  • Calcuzap (Color) for TI-84 Plus CE by Patrick Davidson: Patrick Davidson and Phoenix are among the best-known names in casual graphing calculator gaming. Patrick is one of the community's longest-participating members, and his monochrome Phoenix game has found a home on practically every modern TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus calculator. In the spirit of continuity, he has ported Phoenix to the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition and TI-84 Plus CE as Calcuzap, bringing the speed anf fun of the original to the color-screen calculators. The TI-84 Plus CE version is particularly fun and fast-paced, something we like to think is facilitated by the faster memory-mapped LCD and ez80 processor. The author indicates that this version has 29 levels, a user-selectable speed, saveable games, 4 types of power-ups including double cannon and triple cannon, and a high score table. TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition owners can download it here.

  • Puzzle Frenzy by MateoConLechuga: Never one to approach a project halfheartedly, MateoConLechuga has brought yet another popular arcade game to the TI-84 Plus CE. Puzzle Frenzy, one of the four games in Detached Solutions' PuzzPack App included with many TI-83 Plus calculators, includes several puzzle challenges to match blocks quickly or efficiently. In each mode, you must make horizontal or vertical sets of three or more blocks in order to erase them. As you play, the game ticks down the number of moves you are allowed, or the screen quickly fills with blocks. A description can only convey so much of the Tetris-cum-Bejeweled gameplay; for the full experience, download it and give it a try. Fear not: if you're a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition user, there's a version for you as well.

  • CMonster for TI-84 Plus CE (color) by Patrick Davidson: Although Patrick Davidson never created a Breakout clone for the monochrome TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus calculators, his color-screen versions are remarkably fast and fun. If you've owned a cell phone, gameboy, or computer in the past two decades, you're no doubt familiar with games where you bounce a ball off a paddle in order to break formations of blocks, and CMonster is a fine rendition of the concept. It includes 19 levels, 6 speeds, and 4 types of power ups, including multi-ball. It also supports saving the game, and has a high score table. A TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition version is also available.

Congratulations to these Cemetech members and their impressive assembly programming work for the TI-84 Plus CE and TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition. We're excited to see what new TI-84 Plus CE games, educational programs, and utilities will be created this summer.

Portal Returns: TI-84 Plus CE; TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
Robot Finds Kitten: TI-84 Plus CE; TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
Pac-Man: TI-84 Plus CE
Calcuzap: TI-84 Plus CE; TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
Puzzle Frenzy: TI-84 Plus CE; TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
CMonster: TI-84 Plus CE; TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition

From left: Portal Returns CE, Pac-Man, and Calcuzap (Color).