Projects of the Month: August 2020
Published by Michael2_3B 3 weeks, 6 days ago (2020-12-19T11:46:42+00:00) | Discuss this article

We are back for another round of projects from the month of August! As you can see, there were many exciting projects being worked on, and even some long-running projects finally released. So in case you missed some of them, here's a quick recap!

  • Amnesiac Engine (Pyglet Edition): beckadamtheinventor has announced that they have been working on a top-down 2D game engine, programmed in python, and there is even a demo available! It is still a work in progress, so be sure to go show your support.
  • BASE: BASE is a fun new action strategy game being developed by BioHazard for the TI-84 Plus SE monochrome calculator! There are several difficulty levels and many features to this game, so check out the thread for more info.
  • Bubbles!: We are glad to see a new project by SomeCoolGuy, who has started to develop a bubble shooter game for the color calculators. So far he has the main mechanics working, and it looks great so be sure to show your support!
  • CalcBucket, an easy way to manage your calculator programs: Nomkid has been working hard this month on a new all-in-one computer program that expedites the process of program finding, downloading, and transferring to the calculator, even including any libraries you may need. It sounds like it will be a very useful tool!
  • CEVidium - Video playback for the CE: Cemetech member Iambian has made some changes to his video player for the CE, and even improved the user interface a bit too. The screenshots look amazing, you don't want to miss this!
  • Contagion CE - Plague, Inc. port: This month, epsilon5 and EverydayCode have been working very hard and now have officially released their new game, Contagion CE! Based on the game Plague, Inc., Contagion CE allows you to create your own virus and simulate it on a global scale. It is quite an interactive game, so be sure to go give it a try and let them know what you think!
  • Cow Clicker for the TI-84 Plus/SE: TIny_Hacker has announced a new clicker game, written in TI-Basic! In this game, clicking on cows earns you "Mooney" which you can use to buy upgrades, more cows, and custom cows. If you're into clicker games, keep an eye on this one!
  • HexaEdit CE: On-calc hex editor: Looking for a way to debug your games without a computer? Captain Calc has just the solution for you, with a hex editor that allows you to edit files directly on the calculator! This month, Captain Calc has made 2 small updates which make the user experience even better, so don't miss it.
  • Maze Dash CE [C]: Cemetech member matkeller19 has been continuing work on this fun new puzzle game, this month finishing the tiles and working on the user interface. The objective of Maze Dash is to cover all the squares of a level using a snake and all the resources given to you. It looks like it's coming together nicely!
  • n-as, a TI-Nspire on-calc assembler: Just as the title suggests, nspiredev500 has created and released his very own assembler program for the TI-Nspire, written in C. If you like to program, and you own a TI-Nspire, this assembler is for you!
  • NESizm (Casio Prizm NES emulator): tswilliamson has officially released version 1.00 of his NES emulator for the Casio Prizm! This is an impressive achievement, seeing as it was started all the way back in 2017. Be sure to congratulate them and try it out for yourself!
  • Oiram port to Prizm: Cemetech member tswilliamson has also completed another project, a port of MateoConLechuga's famous Oiram game onto the Prizm calculator! If you own a Prizm, you don't want to miss out on this.
  • Programmer's Calculator CE: DrDnar has announced a new tool for programmers, a calculator that provides functionality such as arithmetic in binary, hex, and decimal, for numbers up to 128 bits in size. There are even more features coming, so go show some support!
  • RGB to 1555 [C]: matkeller19 has completed a simple little project that converts RGB to 1555 IBGR format. It has a great user interface and looks very simple and practical!
  • Sonic CD Intro on Ti-83+SE: New cemetech member Crazy_Fox2 has come out of the blue with an app that plays video on monochrome calculators at up to 15 frames per second! Using a combination of RLE (Run Length Encoding) and LZSS (LZSS) to compress each frame of video, this app allows video files to take up less space and play at great speed. Be sure to check out some of the impressive videos in the thread!
  • Tanks! CE: commandblockguy has made good progress on his Tanks game for the CE this month, including graphical improvements, developing more of the game mechanics, and more. Be sure to follow this thread!
  • The fantasticabulous CALCbox rebirth!: Nomkid has announced the rebirth of CALCbox, based on his Calcnet box which was allows you to plug in external devices, as well as a 84+CE or anything else with MiniUSB, in order to expand the functionality of the calculator. Be sure to check out this cool hardware project!
  • TI-81 Wi-Fi enabled keypad mod: tr1p1ea has continued their work on a TI-81 calculator completely remotely controllable via Wi-Fi! tr1p1ea has troubleshooted some issues, and it seems to work great now. Be sure to check out the thread for videos!
  • TI-Authenticator: OTP for the CE [C]: deuteriumoxide has created a One Time Password (OTP) program for the CE, which has allowed him to learn about HMACs and OTPs. Check out the thread for more info.
  • tihle: calculator emulation without ROMs: Spurred by the recent development of TI removing Assembly support from the TI-84 Plus CE, Tari has started creating a new emulator that doesn't use any of TI's code at all. This means you can emulate any program without the need for a ROM which all other emulators require. Even better, you can run tihle directly in a web browser! There's a far more detailed description on its capabilities and the development process which you can read by visiting the link in the thread.
  • TI-Trek: This month, ACagliano has announced a publicly available pre-release! TI-Trek is a major project with many ships, features, and will eventually be a fully complete multiplayer Star Trek game. In this version, there is a splash screen, menu options, and logging in and registration menus. beckadamtheinventor and commandblockguy have been helping out with the development as well, so go show some support for this impressive project!
  • Upgrading Breakout v2.1: KermMartian has began work upgrading his Breakout clone, which dates back to April 2003! It is a very simple yet classic and fun game, so go show your support for this great project! Kerm has even said he might port it to the CE eventually which would be great!
  • z80 QR Code generator: ReGuess has let us know that he is restarting on this project, and is making a bit of progress! Inspired by his past attempts at making a QR generator in Basic, this version is in assembly which will allow for far bigger, more complex QR codes.
  • [TI-84+] 9-Level GrayScale Image Viewer: tr1p1ea has dug up an old project of theirs and publicly shared it! This program allows you to view 9-level grayscale images directly on your monochrome calculator, although the author has noted it may have some issues so be careful!
  • [TI84PCE] Scratch CE Development [C]: Alvajoy123 has made some impressive progress on his implementation of Scratch, the popular block-based language, for the CE. This month he has been adding new features, commands, and GUI improvements so go check it out, especially if you like scratch.
  • [TI84PCE] Trello CE [C]: Alvajoy123 has been working on another app called Trello, inspired by the original project board manager. The screenshots look great so be sure to check it out!

And that's it! There was certainly a lot going on this month, so don't worry if you couldn't keep up with everything. But please make sure to check out all the finished projects and vote for your favorite in the poll! There were quite a few impressive ones, so pick carefully!