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Posted: May 6, 2019By: Jordan Halliday

 

The Ultimate Birthday Gift

 

I’ve had the idea to create a retro video game that actually works on original physical hardware for a long time. When I heard about a new game engine that essentially converted JSON to C to Game Boy Assembly ROM files with the ability to allow for MIT ‘Scratch like’ block-coding as well. I had to give it a try.

Design by Jordan Halliday of Pinebee Creative

Design by Jordan Halliday of Pinebee Creative

 

Time Crunch

 

My wife’s birthday was just around the corner. But, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to treat the game I created like a Game Jam. Essentially creating an entire game in 72 hours. I used the base game as a starting point and utilized some open source elements as well as custom elements to get it done. Creating a game you can play in around 5 minutes with a custom story & many hidden Easter Eggs. The entire game came in around only 1/2 Mb.

Final Touches

You can’t have a Gameboy game without box art. I wanted her present to be extra special with all the bells and whistles you could ask for when it came to a new game being released for an old system. So I created box art and a cartridge just for that extra special touch.

Design by Jordan Halliday of Pinebee Creative

Design by Jordan Halliday of Pinebee Creative

Design by Jordan Halliday of Pinebee Creative

Design by Jordan Halliday of Pinebee Creative

The Result?

She loved it and said it was one of the best gifts she had ever gotten. Honestly, that’s all I wanted. It was a game and story just for her.

Play the Game

You can watch a quick playthrough on the side or if you wanted to give the game a try you can click the button below to play the game.

CONTROLS:
Up – Up Arrow / W
Down – Down Arrow / S
Left – Left Arrow / A
Right – Right Arrow / D
A – Alt / Z / J
B – Ctrl / K / X
Start – Enter
Select – Shift

Are you ready to get started?

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