ATASCII Tile Sheets
So, I have been knocking around the idea of making some games that mimic the old Atari computer aesthetic in both graphics and sounds. These games will just be for fun and they will probably be just game starters – single level game to demonstrate or duplicate a game type. It might be a retro game or even a new style game, but being a complete and total Atari 800 nerd, I thought it would be fun to make the games look like they were built to run on the old Atari 8-bit computers.
I have not yet started the scrolling shooter that was going to be my first game (will it be in Flash, HTML5, Corona, or something else), but to get my creative ideas flowing, I decided to try and find some Atascii tables on the internet (I did, at http://joyfulcoder.net/atascii/) and turn them into 3 png tile sheets: an 8×8, a 16×16, and a 32 x 32 set of the full 256 characters (including inverse video). I thought it would be fun to make games using these. I figured that I would share them with anyone who wanted to use them.
To make it interesting, the first person who uses these tiles (go ahead and be creative and color them any way you like) to make a decent version of Star Castle (in any language you prefer, as long as I can play it on my PC (browser or not) will get a complimentary signed copy of the new version of our book. I only have a single copy to give away though. This is NOT a contest or any type. I just want to encourage creativity in any way I can.