Chip8/SChip8 Emulation Library & Games v0.9 Beta
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Attention span: 6/10 Standard classic games|
Controls: 4/10 Unintuitive and unresponsive. Just like the original.
Implementation: 7/10 Pretty well-done emulation.
Overall: 7/10 Relive the old days!
A rising scene in the current world of computers with gigs of memory stuffed into their internal fixed disks and RAM spilling out their auditory ports, emulation gives people a chance to relive the golden age of gaming, before the rise of Nintendo and Sega, in the days when Atari reigned supreme and you were lucky if you had more than 2-color graphics. Despite squabbles over the legality of the scene, it remains well-liked by avid gamers in attempts to disprove the ancient proverb "You can't go back again."
The Chip8 is fairly standard of old-style game systems; blocky graphics, slow animation, and strange play control. This emulator conveys that style quite well. It comes packaged with a big humongous pile of games. Some are rather interesting, some are pretty lame, ranging in interest level from a Simon-type game called Merlin to a Nibbles game called Syzygy which is much more challenging than any current Nibbles games.
The play control is completely horrible. A 4x4 array of buttons covers all functions, which wouldn't be so bad except that the exact function of each button is different for every single game. I can understand 2, 4, 6, and 8 for down, left, right, and up, but Syzygy's 6, 1, 2, and 9??? Of course, the control was undoubtedly like this in the original Chip8, so we're just recapturing the spirit of frustrating yourself by not knowing what button to push that filled classsic gaming, I guess.
Some of the games work okay, but some still have garbled graphics, which I assume wil be fixed in a future version.
If you really are a hardcore fan of classic gaming, or if you just want to see how much we've progressed since the '80's, go on and check this out.
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