DIY GAMER KIT
from £65 ($135) / techwillsaveus.com
So you dug out your old Nokia 3210 to play a nostalgic game of Snake but there’s less life in it than a grandpa’s 60th birthday party. Don’t worry. TWSU’s DIY Gamer Kit has all the ingredients you need to make your own handheld console, with Snake pre-coded for you.
Sounds too easy, right? Depending on your skill level you can buy it pre-soldered, or for $20 less do all that yourself. There are 40 pieces that need to be assembled on the circuit board, including an 8x8 display and four-way D-pad. It should take about 90 minutes.
After about five minutes, when you’ve remembered how tedious Snake is, download the Arduino Game Library from the TWSU website and you’ll be able to install others, such as Breakout and Flappy Bird. It’ll also allow you to tinker with the games’ source code.
Once you have the Arduino software you can also start writing your own games for it. There’s a whole section on the TWSU website with tips, guides and cheat sheets to help. Don’t expect Far Cry 4 – it’s only an 8x8 screen – but it’s a good way of picking up the basics.