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

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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

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.

IMPORTANT: Error: Invalid means you have a newer operating system that disables the ability to run games. To fix this, you will need to jailbreak your calculator:

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

How to Fix Error: Invalid

Installing Games on the TI-84 Plus CE: Troubleshooting

TI-84 Plus CE GameBoy Emulator

How to Store Notes on a TI-84 Calculator