Crafti for the TI-Nspire
Posted by Ryan on 6 November 2014, 20:15 GMT
What better way to kick off Nomination November than with a program that people have been politely nudging me about for over three months? In e-mails, PMs, and via morse code, users have been clamoring over Crafti for the TI-Nspire. Crafti is a gorgeous 3D Minecraft-style game (and the premier ticalc.org release) by Fabian "Vogtinator" Vogt.
If you've not heard of Minecraft by now... well, there's not much that I can tell you. What I can say is that combining the ideas of poking around in an open-world, a 3D game premised on world modification, and crafting has turned out to be wildly appealing (and extremely lucrative) prospect for gamers all around the world on any major platform. Heck, even us calculator people love the concept.
What's at least (if not more) impressive is the engine upon which Crafti rests. Vogtinator started development on nGL roughly a year ago, showcasing what can be done with some serious know-how and a lot of elbow grease. Eventually, he caved in and went from 3D Tetris, 3D Snake, etc., to a guaranteed hit. Furthermore, this engine (and indeed, all of Crafti) is open source for all of your learning and modding pleasure. This affords us all the benefit of learning how to accomplish so many things at once, including engine development, structuring, and creating Minecraft-esque goodness on an Nspire.
So, if you're one of the five people left in the world who hasn't heard of Minecraft, you should absolutely get on the trolley with this superb release. Outstanding work, Vogtinator!