The Little Computer That Could


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by stolk » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:36 pm
There was once a Little Computer called Pi. He was smaller than all the big computers around him. Pi wanted to do the work that the big computers were doing. He would love to run high resolution 3D games for all the gamers in the village. But the big computers made fun of him. "Oh, you are too small for HDTV gaming." they would scorn. But the Little Computer would respond "I think I can! I Think I can!" But the big computers would not let him run the complex games. "Too slow for rigid body physics simulations" they would say. Well, "Running physics simulations, I think I can, I think I can!" responded Little Pi.

On one day, when all the expensive computers were busy charging micro-transactions to their users, Little Pi was given the task to run a crane simulator game with complex rigid body simulation at a 1920x1080 resolution. The programmer demanded a fluid 30 frames per second. The Little Pi was straining, but thought "I think I can! I think I can!" It began calculating the constraints and solving the matrices, it would spew out 2 MPixel framebuffers, and there it was. "I knew I could! I knew I could!"

If you want to play The Little Crane That Could on the big screen, now you can conveniently do so with a Raspberry Pi. This little $35,- computer packs quite a punch, and manages to run the game at 1920x1080 at 30 frames per second, albeit without the dynamic shadows. So why don't you head over to the Pi Store and get yourself a free copy of The Little Crane That Could.

http://store.raspberrypi.com/projects/littlecrane
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by ghans » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:25 pm
Awesome. I don't know when i get around to
try it though :(

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by lonku » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:50 pm
can i set keyboard keys to control the crane?
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by stolk » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:17 pm
lonku wrote:can i set keyboard keys to control the crane?


You can drive the truck with cursor keys.
But crane control is either via mouse, or with a PS3 gamepad.
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by simplesi » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:27 am
I have the problem that the Universe will probably have ended before the Pi Store loads onto my computer but I'll see if I can get it loaded by Christmas :)

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PS Maybe the PiStore works OK on 512MB RPi but its unusable on my R1s :(
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by duberry » Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:17 am
simplesi wrote:PS Maybe the PiStore works OK on 512MB RPi but its unusable on my R1s :(

Did you try adding swap partition ? or changing the mem split ,...
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by simplesi » Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:14 pm
Nah - not going to mess around just to get one thing to work :)

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by jamesh » Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:25 pm
simplesi wrote:Nah - not going to mess around just to get one thing to work :)

Simon


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by mrpi64 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:51 pm
Will you port the ability to make your own levels?
I'm happy to help.
http://goo.gl/TAUaLS - List of games that work on the Pi.
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by stolk » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:57 pm
Currently I have no plans to port the world editor to Raspberry Pi.
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by mrpi64 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:46 am
:(
I'm happy to help.
http://goo.gl/TAUaLS - List of games that work on the Pi.
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by stolk » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:41 pm
Thank you, the 6K Raspberry Pi gamers that tried Little Crane this yr.
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by Robertsrobson » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:28 am
We've just started using the pi, and my son was really excited about this game - but it freezes after the parallel parking. I saw somewhere else to plug the mouse directly into the pi, and have done that, but it still freezes. Anything else to try?
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by stolk » Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:00 pm
Robertsrobson wrote:We've just started using the pi, and my son was really excited about this game - but it freezes after the parallel parking. I saw somewhere else to plug the mouse directly into the pi, and have done that, but it still freezes. Anything else to try?


Do you have a model A or model B?
The former may not have enough memory.

What happens if you skip the parallel parking level?
Start the game, press the right arrow and start the basketball level.
Does it run?

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