HACKED!: Looping Louie on Steroids

Introduction: HACKED!: Looping Louie on Steroids

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In this project I will show you how I "hacked" a kids game called "Looping Louie". This way the speed of the toy airplane receives a big speed boost and makes the game more fun and difficult for adults. You can control the speed with a potentiometer from -9V up to +9V or choose one of the three random modes (easy,medium and hard) which randomly selects a speed value and direction.

Step 1: Watch the Video!

The video gives you all information you need to build this on your own. But here I will also present you my parts list, schematic, pics and the arduino sketch.

Step 2: Order Your Parts!

Here you can find all the parts that I used in this project. Feel free to order them with the given links (affiliate links).


1x Looping Louie Game:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x LCD 16x2 HD44780:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x Push button: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 10k Potentiometer: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Potentiometer Knob:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Project Box (black):http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x DC Jack: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 9V Power Supply (1A):http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Slide Switch:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Hook-Up Wire:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Silvered Copper Wire (Bridge Wire): http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x PCB (copper dots): http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x LM7805: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x 10µFCapacitor:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x 100nF Capacitor: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x 22pF Capacitor:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 100k Potentiometer:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

3x 10k Resistor:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 16MHz Crystal:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Male header:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Female header: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Atmega 328P:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x FTDI breakout: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x L293D: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...


1x Looping Louie Game:http://amzn.to/1AsIY1e

1x LCD 16x2 HD44780:http://amzn.to/1vwaSYT

2x Push button:http://amzn.to/1vwbaiC

1x 10k Potentiometer:http://amzn.to/1xVIq0q

1x Potentiometer Knob:http://amzn.to/1r4DsJE

1x Project Box (black): -

1x DC Jack:http://amzn.to/1xZ9jBJ

1x 9V Power Supply (1A):http://amzn.to/1xbdZQU

1x Slide Switch:http://amzn.to/1r4D51T

1x Hook-Up Wire:http://amzn.to/1qGS87j

1x Silvered Copper Wire (Bridge Wire):http://amzn.to/1xZ9xIZ

1x PCB (copper dots):http://amzn.to/1AsLlB2

1x LM7805:http://amzn.to/14X4EFV

2x 10µFCapacitor:http://amzn.to/1r4ExkF

2x 100nF Capacitor:http://amzn.to/11lxZYo

2x 22pF Capacitor:http://amzn.to/11lxZYo

1x 100k Potentiometer:http://amzn.to/1r4ELZ4

3x 10k Resistor:http://amzn.to/1xZ9VqI

1x 16MHz Crystal:http://amzn.to/1r4EUvA

1x Male header:http://amzn.to/14X5eDy

1x Female header:http://amzn.to/1yyG2MC

1x Atmega 328P:http://amzn.to/1uj2YLw

1x FTDI breakout:http://amzn.to/1F8tjlM

1x L293D:http://amzn.to/1vwcxh7


1x LCD 16x2 HD44780: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dW1U1Fi

2x Push button: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dXIIMcP

1x 10k Potentiometer: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dX83GAF

1x DC Jack: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d6cVZVl

1x 9V Power Supply (1A): https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d8Hnap2

1x Slide Switch: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dVn7Jlz

1x PCB (copper dots): https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dXx2Zv5

1x LM7805: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dXSrfiP

2x 10µFCapacitor: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d7dOwRz

2x 100nF Capacitor: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dU4FEsB

2x 22pF Capacitor: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dU4FEsB

1x 100k Potentiometer: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dX83GAF

3x 10k Resistor: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dTPpXjt

1x 16MHz Crystal: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dZ5pf72

1x Atmega 328P: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dVDipC8

1x FTDI breakout: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dV4Gqp1

1x L293D: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dZiFjuy

Step 3: Build the Circuit!

Here you can find the schematic that I made for the project. Feel free to build your own board design but you can also use my own design as a reference.

Step 4: Upload the Code!

Here you can find the Arduino Code that I used in this project. I used an FTDI breakout to program my Atmega328P but you can also just place it inside an Arduino Uno and program it this way.

Step 5: Success!

Now you can enjoy your hardcore Looping Louie game with some new awesome features!

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    11 Discussions


    Question 4 weeks ago

    "2x 10µFCapacitor" is in the list but on the picture clearly a 47 µF is on the table and another one that seems even bigger. Why the differences between foto's and list?


    1 year ago

    Thx dude for this, works well!


    Reply 6 months ago

    Did you follow the schematic for this or did you try to dissect the images?

    I found a discrapancy between the video and schema and don't knkw which to follow


    Reply 6 months ago

    Hey i Used the Schema in the Video and the script ino in this Post and Build my own Programm.


    6 months ago

    Can you post a clearer schematic? I'm trying to read it but the image file distorts the scheme. Additionally when I try to compare it with the video, I can't fully understand which lines are matching which wire.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, I have finally buildt your Hacked Louie but when I try to upload the ino file with my UNO and an Atmega 328p-pu I got compiling error and a lot of red lines indicating missing commands. Can you help? Best regards /Dan


    Reply 4 years ago

    Did you get this working on the uno?

    And did you include the LCD in the end?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, here in Sweden LCD's are so expensive, can I just exclude it or do I have to change more things. The switch will toggle anyway?


    Nice Hack!!

    As your project... I knew that there are many toies can hack.

    thank you


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool! That game looks like a lot of fun. I wonder if someone would make a homemade version completely from scratch... Hmmm!