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.

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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.


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 Looping Louie Game:http://amzn.to/1r4GgXi

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

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

1x 10k Potentiometer: http://amzn.to/1qGX63Z

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

1x Project Box (black):http://amzn.to/1xJGvP1

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

1x 9V Power Supply (1A):http://amzn.to/1xZbe97

1x Slide Switch:http://amzn.to/1z2Xtos

1x Hook-Up Wire:http://amzn.to/1z2XyIP

1x Silvered Copper Wire (Bridge Wire): -

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

1x LM7805:http://amzn.to/1xZbsNz

2x 10µFCapacitor:http://amzn.to/1xygW23

2x 100nF Capacitor:http://amzn.to/1p5Pxmd

2x 22pF Capacitor:http://amzn.to/1p5Pxmd

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

3x 10k Resistor:http://amzn.to/1v2wQ3F

1x 16MHz Crystal:http://amzn.to/1p5PDKB

1x Male header:http://amzn.to/1zJAsaQ

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

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

1x FTDI breakout:http://amzn.to/1z2ZbGp

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

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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    6 Discussions


    4 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

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Did you get this working on the uno?

    And did you include the LCD in the end?


    4 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


    4 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!