|Esplora with an Adafruit display and 5 volt battery|
The Esplora comes with an example where you may use it as a wired controller for a Tux Kart game. Not much fun. With my definition of the "Display Header" and my supposition that the Esplora is a pin match for the Adafruit 1.8" TFT LCD Display make it possible to have the Esplora with display as a standalone game machine. Make sure you get the Adafruit display breakout and not the Arduino shield version. The Esplora's AT32U4 chip (Leonardo derivative) is not a powerhouse but many creative people have coded good games for classic Arduinos.
This project originated by R0D0T with his engineered handheld game consisting of a AT328 (classic Arduino processor) with a 1.8" TFT display, accelerometer, buzzer, buttons, and battery. Details are on his blog and on Hackaday. He was hoping to engineer his hardware as an ultracheap gaming platform. Then the Arduino Team released the Esplora with nearly the same hardware set (minus battery). I really feel for him.
|Gameplay, flick your wrist to control the ball|
I strapped a 5V battery to it for portability. You can use USB power (keep a loose cord as you will be flicking your wrist). Orient the Esplora with the joystick at top and buttons below. Then the right button (top in landscape mode) is the "bonus effects" on button. The bonus effects are Jet Pack, Frog Legs, Testosterone, and Low gravity. After turning bonus on via the button, you strike a colored platform to get the bonus to activate.
You can get the code on my public Github account at https://github.com/TheKitty/EsploraApps.
For gameplay, I refer to R0D0T's original Youtube Video and a short Youtube Video I did today.
I'm sorry my video is sideways, I need to learn yet again if I use the camera in portrait mode that it will not look right.
I hope you all download the code and have some fun with your Esplora!