Projects of the Month: November 2021
Published by epsilon5 1 year, 4 months ago (2023-01-17T19:56:39+00:00) | Discuss this article

Welcome back to another month of PotM updates! As usual, there were a lot of great projects this month. Remember that since these were all made a good deal in the past, there's a chance that they will be available for download/have further updates now. Let's get started.
  • A dragon on the CE!: Privacy_Dragon unveiled a new project this month, which will allow you to interact with a virtual dragon. It's sounding like a fun pet simulator-type program, so stay tuned for more updates!
  • A transliterator on the CE: Privacy_Dragon made lots of progress on this transliterator program, which allows for the conversion of text between English and various fictional alphabets. This month, more languages were added, some bug fixes were made, and a beta version was released.

  • Alien Breed 5 Episode III: Impact: JamesV added some slick new boss sprites this month after a brief break from the project. After years of work, the project was released this month as well! It is a hugely impressive and massive top-down space shooter featuring levels, bossfights, cutscenes, high scores, achievements, and much more. And no need to worry about whether you have a monochrome or color calculator, either--it's available for both! Be sure to download it and give JamesV some much-deserved recognition.

  • Banchor II (TI-84+CE): As if releasing Alien Breed 5: Episode III wasn't enough for this month, JamesV also found the time to work on another old project of his, Banchor II. This month, he got the new rendering engine working and added some new graphics, which should increase the visual appeal and consistency of the game.

  • Baseball for the TI-84 Plus CE: darkwater4213 introduced a new project this month, a port of Mattel's handheld baseball game from long ago. Check it out and give darkwater4213 some suggestions and support!
  • BTD Remake: Frederik released a work-in-progress build of a Bloons Tower Defense clone for the CE. As the game is currently incomplete, give it a download to tell Frederik any improvements or additions you'd like to see.
  • C8SALT: A CHIP-8 emulator in TI-BASIC for the 83+/84+: Oxiti8 revealed a CHIP-8 emulator written in pure TI-Basic this month. It will be available for both monochrome and color calculators. Many of the tests are already working, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates.

  • Calc2KeyCE: Dmalenke massively improved the screen mirroring performance of Calc2KeyCE this month, a utility that allows mirroring a computer screen to your color calculator, using the calculator as an input device for the computer, and much more. A few new releases were also published this month, including one that added cross-platform screen mirroring support. Check it out!

  • CEleste: commandblockguy ported the classic PICO-8 platformer to the CE this month. This involved a lot of work to resolve hardware differences between the two platforms and make the graphics look reasonable. It also was released this month, so be sure to download it if you're looking for a fun new platformer for your calculator!

  • Durer's Magic Square: darkwater4213 created and released a Durer's Magic Square program for the CE this month, created in pure TI-Basic. It generates possible sets of four numbers in the square--though they may be duplicates. darkwater4213 is planning a new version that will not count duplicates so be on the lookout for that.
  • Elimination RPG: Early Release Build!! | Elimination: An RPG inspired by Earthbound / Pokemon: Hot_Dog released a test build of the upcoming RPG Elimination for monochrome calculators this month. Check it out if you're looking for a new RPG to play with an expansive map, Pokemon-like battle mechanics, and much more!

  • Janus — A quickstart library for games: slimeenergy added physics to Janus this month, which is a library including many helpful tools for game creation. The engine allows for easy handling of collisions of objects, forces, and much more. Check it out and give slimeenergy some support!

  • NIM for the TI-84 Plus CE: darkwater4213 created and released a new Nim game, where players take turns taking stones from piles and avoid taking the last stone, for the CE this month. An update fixing bugs and improving quality of life was also published, so give the project a look and darkwater4213 some kudos!
  • Slime Hunter: A TI-84+ Roguelike [Axe]: kilo made some great progress on Slime Hunter this month, a new roguelike game with dungeon generation and some very nice graphics! Check it out and give kilo some support.

  • SNAKE++: RedSpacePanda published the first version of a fresh take on the classic Snake game for the CE this month. It includes several different modes, a nice menu, and plans for further customization and deeper gameplay. Give it a download and RedSpacePanda some congratulatory words!

  • [On Hold] VYSION 2 CE: the ultimate CE shell: epsilon5 made some impressive improvements to VYSION 2 this month. Included in the long list of improvements and additions are the ability to close windows, window location previews, and a rewrite of the core GUI update loop. Check it out and give epsilon5 some support, and suggestions!
That's all for now--be sure to vote for your favorite project in the poll above, and see you next month (or in a few weeks, if we're on schedule!).