DIY Cheap Arduino Gameboy




About: "Dreams are not those that we see while sleeping, dreams are those that don't let us sleep"-APJ Abdul Kalam

Everyone gets bored while traveling in long trips and want something to cheer them up!!

Reading novels can be choice :/

But they also get boring after some time!!

So in this Instructable I will show you how to make a handheld gaming device using Arduino UNO/Nano and LCD screen which allows you to play your favorite Flappy Birds game :D :D


So let's Begin!!

Step 1: Gather the Components!!

Materials Needed:

1)Arduino UNO/Nano

2)LCD Screen(16x2)

3) a Push Button

3) a Switch

4) A 9V battery/Rechargeable Battery(recommended)

5) Perf Board

6)10k Potentiometer

7) A Casing for the components(I used a small lunch box)

8) 2 x 220 ohm resistors

9) Some jumper cables

10) A male barrel jack

Step 2: Wire Up Everything!!

1)First solder the push button and the lcd on a piece of perf board.

2)Make two slits on the perf board for the switch above the push button

3)Extend solder rails from each of the pin of the lcd

4)Now make the connection by soldering the wires as follows:

For LCD:

VDD---> +5v on Arduino

VSS---> GND on Arduino

RW--->Pin 12

E--->Pin 11


D4--->Pin 5

D5---->Pin 4

D6--->Pin 3

D7---> Pin 8

A---> +5V with the 220 ohm resistor

K---> GND

V0---> Wiper of potentiometer

For Push Botton:

Connect one terminal to +5V with a 220 ohm resistor

Connect the other terminal to GND

Connect the terminal with 220 ohm resistor to pin 2 on Arduino

For Potentiometer:

Input---> +5V of Arduino

GND--->GND on Arduino

Wiper---> V0 pin on LCD

For Switch:

Connect one terminal to Negative on the Battery and other to the male barrel jack

Connect the positive terminal of the battery to the barrel jack

Step 3: Upload the Arduino Code:

Now open the Arduino IDE and open the code file attached with this instructable

Connect the Arduino to your computer and upload the code

*Test the game once after uploading the code and double check your connections!

Step 4: Prepare the Casing!!

1)Make the layouts of the switch and lcd on the lid of the case and cut the out with the help of a utility knife and some caution.

2)Drill a hole for the push button below the the slit for the switch on the lid.

3)Take out an empty refill from an old pen and cut out a small peice of it. Then hot glue it on the push botton.

4) Connect the battery and place it in the box with Arduino UNO.

5)Place the perf board with the components soldered on it behind the lid in such a way so that the lcd and switch come out of their designated places.

6)Close the lid and then take a push button cover(I used one from an old broken Headphones) and hotr glue it on the refill coming out of the hole made from the push button.


Now switch it on and start gaming!!

Carry it while traveling or play at home

Just the press the push button to rescue the bird from getting smacked :D :D



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    16 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Games projects are one of the best to fast learning :) Coding it is fun :) Great work!

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    1 year ago

    Great instructable! I would make this instructable for my nice.
    PS- It gives me the feel of jumping dinosaur game in chrome,when they is not internet connectivity. :D Keep up the good work.

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    1 year ago

    Its really nice the you tube video of this was really fascinating keep it up your work is really nice

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    1 year ago

    You may add some stuff like apples to speed up, bones to slow down, and other pickable stuff to reverse direction for example, or to multiply/add scores, or even some magic pot to go through obstacles. Maybe, levels, where you must kick (just add 1 button) obstacles instead of avoiding them.

    It's good enough diy practice, but old used android for same price will be much better for gaming at home and especially at travel. Power on your imagination, squeeze all juice from your hardware - it can be much more entertaining!)

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    1 year ago

    Great idea!

    You could try using a 16x4 LCD display so that your bird has more space to jump. I loved the whole simplicity of it :D

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