How to Put Games on a TI-84 Plus CE

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Introduction: How to Put Games on a TI-84 Plus CE

About: Andres Sevilla is a High School Senior, Web Designer, Python/Java Programmer, and VFX Artist.

Thousands of students worldwide are required to use a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator every year for their math classes.

But what many don't realize is that these devices are capable of playing entertaining games! This includes everything such as Mario, Pacman, Portal, Snake, Flappy Bird, Geometry Dash, and more!

The process is not hard to learn at all, so let's get started!

Step 1: Gather Materials

Everything you need is listed here:

  • A TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator
  • Calculator charging cable
  • TI Connect CE (download here)
  • Games to download (This is the best place to get games)

Step 2: Download and Install TI Connect CE

Go here (if you haven't done so already) to download and install TI Connect CE. This is the software that will allow your computer to interact with your calculator.

Step 3: Download Games

Go to this website to download the games you would like to play. Click "Download" on any game you find interesting!

Step 4: Extract the Games

When you download the games, they will be in the form of a .zip file.

Before being able to send them, you need to take them out of this .zip file. This can be done by simply selecting all of the files in the .zip file, and dragging them onto your desktop.

Step 5: Send the Games to Your Calculator

Open up the TI Connect CE program that you installed earlier.

Click on the "Calculator Explorer" tab on the sidebar - it's the tab below the camera icon.

Plug in your calculator and double-check that it is turned on. TI Connect CE should now show a list of everything that is on your calculator.

Finally, just select all of the files that were in the file you downloaded, and drag them into TI Connect CE.

A "Send to Calculators" window will pop up. Just click "Send". If it asks you to replace any files, just click
"Replace".

Step 6: Launch the Games

On your calculator, press the [prgm] button, and select the game you want to play by pressing enter. Press enter again to launch the game.

Error Syntax or Error Archived: This means you have to update your operating system. Refer to this website for help.

Step 7: Play Your Game!

Congratulations! You have now installed games on your calculator! But why stop there? There is so much you can do on this calculator, from putting notes on it to running GameBoy emulators!


Helpful Links

Installing Games on the TI-84 Plus CE: Troubleshooting

TI-84 Plus CE GameBoy Emulator

How to Store Notes on a TI-84 Calculator

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    33 Comments

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    Sarah54321
    Sarah54321

    Question 11 hours ago

    Hi, I am trying desperately to add games, but it won't work. I installed the games but every time I try to play them, I always get an error and when I try to upload the calculator it says it's not supported. How do I fix this?

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    Poes Minoes 13
    Poes Minoes 13

    Question 3 months ago

    it all doesnt work...
    not even the error fix video on youtube...
    is it mabye because i have the python edition?

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    awesomeguywithbrains
    awesomeguywithbrains

    Question 3 months ago

    I have updated and don everything and it still won't work please help

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    Golden_Anesite
    Golden_Anesite

    Question 1 year ago on Step 5

    I got the ERROR: INVALID message so i double clicked on the file on TI Connect and it says: "Bad token. A token SNAKECE.8xp is in valid, so we are not able to open it." I have no Idea what a token is so if you know what one is, or better, how to fix it, that would be greatly appreciated.

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    jdhalz
    jdhalz

    Answer 4 months ago

    you have to drop it in the middle tab, not the one that has a download button

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    ashleykneecaps
    ashleykneecaps

    Reply 3 months ago

    i did it doesn't work?

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    vogel_VRIJ
    vogel_VRIJ

    Reply 4 months ago

    I have exactly the same problem. But I don't know what you mean by "dropping it in the middle tab". Could you explain it more clearly to me, please?

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    ItzLexiKat
    ItzLexiKat

    4 months ago

    It wont work for me, could it be because im on a TI-84 Plus CE Python?

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    williamclarksouth
    williamclarksouth

    2 years ago

    Ok can you still use it as a calculator after downloading stuff and if so how do you close the games

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    jdhalz
    jdhalz

    Reply 4 months ago

    hit cancle twice

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    HELP ME NOW BRUH
    HELP ME NOW BRUH

    2 years ago

    So I have a cyberpower pc. nothing wrong with it. but when i plugged my charger in to connect my calculator. it started setting it up. But it didnt show up on the connector app. please help me.

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    jdhalz
    jdhalz

    Reply 4 months ago

    it has to be on when you connect it

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    technetium633
    technetium633

    2 years ago

    I plugged the usb cable into my calculator and computer, but nothing showed up on TI Connect CE. How do I fix this?

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    jdhalz
    jdhalz

    Reply 4 months ago

    unplug it from the computer then plug it back in. i had this problem but this somehow worked

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    Golden_Anesite
    Golden_Anesite

    Reply 1 year ago

    Was the calculator on?

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    merel.huysmans04
    merel.huysmans04

    10 months ago

    I can put ery file on my calculator but when i try to open it i get 'Need LibLoad
    http://tiny.cc/clibs'
    i dont know what i did wrong because i followed the exact steps in the video. Can someone help me?

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    jdhalz
    jdhalz

    Reply 4 months ago

    you have to put in a clibs.8xg, but the good thing is if you already put the games in you only need to download it once for all of the games to work. ツ

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    merel.huysmans04
    merel.huysmans04

    Reply 10 months ago

    84i also noticed that i have a TI-84 plus CE-T calculater ans not a TI-84 plus CE. does this matter?