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The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:36 pm
by stolk
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
http://stolk.org

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Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:25 pm
by ghans
Awesome. I don't know when i get around to
try it though :(

ghans

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:50 pm
by lonku
can i set keyboard keys to control the crane?

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:17 pm
by stolk
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.

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:27 am
by simplesi
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 :)

Simon

PS Maybe the PiStore works OK on 512MB RPi but its unusable on my R1s :(

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:17 am
by duberry
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 ,...

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:14 pm
by simplesi
Nah - not going to mess around just to get one thing to work :)

Simon

Re: The Little Computer That Could

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

Simon
Never used a DOS machine for gaming then....

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:51 pm
by mrpi64
Will you port the ability to make your own levels?

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:57 pm
by stolk
Currently I have no plans to port the world editor to Raspberry Pi.

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:46 am
by mrpi64
:(

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:41 pm
by stolk
Thank you, the 6K Raspberry Pi gamers that tried Little Crane this yr.
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Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:28 am
by Robertsrobson
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?

Re: The Little Computer That Could

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:00 pm
by stolk
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?

thx