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ADABOX012: PyGamer

Player One, Ready? This ADABOX will show you how to become your own video game creator with MakeCode Arcade. No need to save your quarters up either, all you need is a computer with a web browser to use Microsoft's game creation engine. Learn about sprites, tile maps, and sound effects to craft your masterpiece, then run it on the PyGamer board for portable gameplay. 

PyGamer is our full-featured portable gaming platform. It features a color TFT display, analog joystick, buttons, speaker, headphone jack, SD card slot, as well as light and motion sensors. It's hack-able, you can plug in STEMMA cables or FeatherWings to extend its capabilities. It's designed to work perfectly with MakeCode Arcade, and you can also write games in CircuitPython, Arduino, or even run an emulator to play old 8-bit games of yore.

This ADABOX is possible with the generous sponsorship and support from Digi-Key. They made designing and shipping this box a breeze thanks to how fast they shipped our parts orders. We are so impressed with their accuracy and speed, we wrote a game in their honor, its already included on the PyGamer. Try and see if you can pack purchase orders as well as they do!


  • Adafruit PyGamer - Design and play your own games in MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino on this ATSAMD51-based portable gamer. It comes with an analog joystick, 4 buttons, a 1.8" color display, 8 MB built in storage, SD card slot, sensors, stereo headphone jack, and STEMMA connectors.
  • Speaker - Plug it into your PyGamer to play music or game sound effects
  • Lithium Polymer Battery - When installed in the PyGamer it will let you take it on the go.
  • Button Pack - Customize your PyGamer with 5 different button colors that snap on to match your personal style
  • PyGamer Enclosure Kit - Laser cut acrylic with hardware.
  • Zipper Case - Keep your PyGamer safe in this soft zipper case, it even has a storage pocket for cables, headphones or SD cards!
Bonus Extras!
  • Gridded Notebook and Marker Set - Dream up your pixel art or game map on this lay-flat notebook with a square grid background.
  • MakeCode Arcade and Retro Handheld Sticker Set -  Decorate your case and check out the family tree that inspired PyGamer
  • Wireframe Magazine - The magazine that lifts the lid on video games. Look at how games are made, who makes them, and even read through the process of making your own. 
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