June 30, 2014

Two-player Tetris with the Raspberry Pi

If there's one thing better than a good game of Tetris, it's sharing the fun with another player. Years ago it was possible with two Nintendo Game Boys and the link cable, but now you can reproduce it yourself with two identical Raspberry Pi setups and some excellent software by Michal Sienkiewicz and the "Tetris Duel Team".

They've documented how to wire up original NES hand controllers to a Raspberry Pi, and this wil suffice for single-player mode. However a pair the described hardware can be linked together via GPIO pins to create the dual-player version as shown in the video below:

For the coding enthsuiasts - the game was written in bare ARM assembler, and you can download the binaries and instructions to play yourself from the project github page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Every day we find more uses for our PiBreak board - the great way to mount circuitry to your Raspberry Pi. It provides labelled breakout pins for all GPIOs, a large prototyping area with solder pads, and power rails for easy power connection:

Furthermore the PiBreak also includes mounting hardware to firmly attach it to your Raspberry Pi using a nut, bolt, and spacer - and is compatible with all revisions of both model A and B Raspberry Pi computers. For more information about our new PiBreak board, our Getting Started guide, and to order - visit the product page.

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