Questions about the Arduboy
Arduboy is a miniature open source game system. You can learn to program and make your own games online with an awesome community of developers.
Arduboy is based on Arduino, an open source development platform for programming microcontrollers. The Arduboy uses the same 32u4 processor that is in the Arduino Leonardo.
To learn more about the Arduboy, visit our awesome community forum. There is an active user base developing new games and improvements every day!
Arduboy is available for purchase at a variety of online retailers. Buy one today!
Don't panic! Its pretty difficult to damage an Arduboy so it probably just needs some troubleshooting first. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
We no longer run a store so the first step is to confirm where you purchased your Arduboy and contact their customer support first. If you purchased from our old store and still need support, or would just like to let us know about your experience with a distributor please use the contact form to reach our customer support.
Issues related to the physical product
Just because nothing is on the screen doesn't mean the device is damaged. Incorrect software can sometimes be running but unable to display on the screen.
Sometimes the Arduboy can encounter a situation that requires the device to be put into a recovery mode known as the bootloader. Flashlight mode is the easiest way to place the Arduboy into bootloader mode.
Note: Some games do not include Flashlight mode and cannot be recovered using this method. If flashlight mode does not function, then use the reset button to recover the device.
Sometimes the Arduboy can encounter a situation that requires the device to be put into a recovery mode known as the bootloader. If flashlight is not available then you will need to use the rest button to recover the device. The reset button is located on the bottom left of the Arduboy, beside the USB port. You will need a paper clip or SIM ejector tool to press the button.
The Arduboy will only be in bootloader mode for 6 seconds using this method so timing is critical. For best results press the reset button just before Uploading... appears in the status bar. Try the upload routine several times to become familiar with the timing window.
When plugged into a USB power source, a red LED will illuminate in the bottom left of the device indicating the battery is charging. The LED will turn off when charging is complete. If there is a mechanical failure of the battery connector, then the LED will still indicate that it is charging.
The best way to check if the Arduboy is functional is to plug it into a PC with the supplied USB cable listen for the USB connected noise. A functional Arduboy will also flash the Green LED for a moment when establishing a USB connection.
If the Arduboy is still not responding, please let us know using the contact page
Support for programming the product
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. The Arduboy uses the same ATMEGA 32u4 chip, used in the Arduino Leonardo . The Arduboy is programmable by Arduino's Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and existing libraries make it easy to program for the Arduboy.
You can find over 100 games in the community forum!
We are also working on an online library that can be easily browsed online, stay tuned!
After downloading a game in the form of an arduino sketch, place it in the correct folder
This is the most common time to experience difficulties, but most of them can easily be resolved. If you have a problem check out the community or use the contact form to contact customer support.
There are a few problems that can happen during compile that can be solved with a few quick checks:
If the game successfully compiles but does not upload to the Arduboy there may be a problem with the connection to the device.
Arduboy is a great place to learn to make your own game. Because Arduboy is based on Arduino there it draws from a large existing community of developers familiar with the platform. In general terms, if you would like to do something in Arduino its usually easy to find a solution with a simple internet search.
We are preparing a guides section to our website that will provide a walkthrough for users to learn to make their own game.
There are some excellent guides already on the community that can help you get started.
Questions about life, the universe and everything
Arduboy was originally intended as an open source circuit board art in the form of a business card. The response was overwhelming and was covered by virtually every internet news media outlet on the planet.
Months later a successful Kickstarter campaign was launched to develop a production version of the design.
Currently the Arduboy is in serial production with our partners at Seeed Studio!
The Arduboy is successful mostly due to its amazing community of developers who have helped make this possible. Through the use of open source and an active community of amazing people, the software and a library of over 100 games makes the platform so great!
While not technically a question... That's great! Thank you so much, you helped create the Arduboy!
Its still on the way! We have had many delays in trying to make sure you we bring you the best quality product. Currently we plan to be able to deliver pre-orders in February. It is our best intention to deliver these units, however we realize there have been a lot of delays. If you have a problem with your pre-order of the Tetris Microcard please use the contact form to get a hold of us.
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