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May 4 2020

Unnamed has been in development for two years and Marcin Siwek keeps on releasing bits and pieces about that game to keep us all interested. His latest teaser is of the game's cover art and cartridge design. It's still not confirmed if the game will be released in physical form or if it will be a digital ROM download.

Atari Gamer has also been working with Marcin to get the English language story text finalised. We've got most of the text done and are now play-testing the game. This is going to be a very cool release!

So if this becomes a digital release, how much would you expect to pay?

Apr 27 2020

Last year BennVenn started making mods for Atari Lynx and his LCD Replacement Kit quickly gained popularity due to its cost (much cheaper than the McWill kit). This year BV is introducing the ElCheapoSD Cart for Atari Lynx, which lets you play Lynx ROMs from an SD card.

Atari Gamer has been working together with BV to help get the firmware developed. There's a rudimentary menu loader in place now, but we'll be making a more feature rich loader once the prototype hardware is finalised. You can see the cart in operation below...

This cart is much faster than the original Lynx SD, with 512Kib ROMs loading in under 2 seconds. It also has an onboard EEPROM, which means that games that have a save feature (mostly the recent homebrews) will work on this cart.

The best part is of course the price - at $45USD for the pre-order this is a steal! You can pre-order it here.

Apr 20 2020

Songbird Productions is at it again, announcing another two games to their line up of games to be released this year...Quadromania Redux and Sky Raider Redux. Both of these games are incarnations of their previous releases. They will come on new curved lip carts and will have EEPROM (save) support as well as many new features and updates.

The games are due for physical release in fall 2020. You can read more about this from the Songbird Productions blog - The growing family of Songbird IP.

Apr 16 2020
Have you been following the progress of Unnamed? It's an awesome looking graphical text adventure game being developed by Marcin Siwek. We've had the pleasure to try a very early preview version of it and it plays great, but what's more interesting is that there is cartridge artwork for it now, so hopefully we will see a physical release of the game once it's complete!
Apr 14 2020
Captain Harlynx has been in development for some time now and Fabien, the developer, keeps releasing teaser and update videos every so often to keep us interested. This video is truely amazing though, it's showing off the new menu and ship selection screens. The scrolling and game play are much smoother than seen previously and there is a new level and boss being shown. This game will be absolutely amazing when it is released! Watch the video here.
Apr 13 2020
Have you noticed the new forum header images and updated descriptions on the AtariAge Lynx forums? Have you also noticed the new forum links on the Atari Gamer website? AtariAge and Atari Gamer are now working together to bring you the best of Atari Lynx to you. So go on and check out content on both sites, there's enough to keep you entertained for months!
Apr 12 2020
This Easter we keep getting more and more games added to the Atari Lynx library, first Eggsavier's Cackleberry Rescue 2020 was re-released with a new 'virus' mode and now we have another updated game - Raid on TriCity. This is a completed version of Tetris Raiden and you can play it online here.

Here's a bit about the game...

Tetris bricks are falling, the only way to interact with them is to shoot one or more blocks while they drop. You can move on all the already dropped bricks. Of course, the main goal is to make lines, like in real Tetris. You lose if columns are too high, like in real Tetris...

Apr 10 2020

Last year we released Eggsavier's Cackleberry Rescue around Easter time, this year we didn't have time for a brand new game, so we decided to update Eggsavier with graphic improvements, some new sounds and a new 'virus' game play mode where you have to avoid catching viruses instead of trying to catch falling eggs.

You can download it for free over here: https://atarigamer.itch.io/eggsavier.

It's a perfect game to play while you're in isolation during the current pandemic!

Apr 8 2020
If you haven't yet joined the Lynx Programming Competition 2020 then you have more reason to now as it is one of the featured game jams on itch.io. Get your coding hat on and lets make some fun games for Atari Lynx!
Apr 6 2020

Remember when BennVenn announced his budget Lynx LCD kit? Well he's continuing the trend with budget alternatives and this time he has an SD flash cart in the works...

ElCheapoSD-Lynx cart assembled and coding commenced! Instant load times, EEPROM save support, 64gb SD card support, open source GUI, 512kbyte rom size limit. Firmware Upgradable via SD.For lynx game developers, hardware pass-through to the ARM CPU is available which means unlimited streaming from the SD and enables the use of the ARMs 32bit hardware divide/floating point math etc... RRP $45 with high quality injection molded shell

Apr 6 2020

We've announced this year's Lynx Programming Competition not long ago. We've now finished putting together our list of sponsors and prizes and are ready to kick things off formally. We welcome both Atari Age and Mark/Space on board!

The prizes have been updated too. The top 3 placing games will each receive a copy of the RetroHQ Lynx Game Drive cartridge and will be offered the chance to have their game published in physical form by Atari Age (with 5 free copies of your game), as well as in digital form by Mark/Space. In addition - the 1st place winner will get a $150USD cash prize, and the 2nd place winner will receive $100USD.

So get ready, and join the competition over at itch.io.

Apr 6 2020

A Bug's Lynx and the A Bug's Lynx eJagFest 2018 Edition have been available to play online for some time now. A physical release was due very soon but due to COVID-19 everything has been thrown into turmoil. So to ease the boredom of staying at hime, Fadest has released the "#[email protected] Release" version of this game for free on itch.io.

"My first intention was to sell digital (via itch.io) and physical games.
But with all this madness, I guess we need to take care each other, and we need some gardening. So digital is (and will remains) free. Physical relase should come when everything will be back to normal.
This version may not be the final one, some minors changes (bugs, audible music - don't be afraid about pressing Option 2 in order to mute music) may be added in the near future before official release."

Apr 3 2020
An update from Songbird Productions - "Avid fans know Songbird announced two new Lynx games in the Fall of 2019: Biniax 2 and Xump. These were originally slated for a Dec 2019 release, but got pushed back. Part of the challenge of getting new games made is manufacturing. To ensure that all Songbird Lynx games going forward can be in the classic curved-lip cartridge style, I had to invest in getting an injection mold made. The first cartridge samples arrived a couple weeks ago, and while they’re very close to the target design, some retooling was needed to remove excess flashing and mold lines. So the first real batch of cartridge shells should arrive later this month."
Apr 3 2020

The Lynx Game Drive is inching ever so closer to being a reality. Atari Age have listed it on their store. It's not available for preorder yet but you can register for the waiting list. Once available it will set you back $95 USD. Don't know what the Lynx GD is? Here's a description...

"The RetroHQ Lynx GameDrive cartridge allows you to play all your Atari Lynx games and homebrew games directly from a memory card. This updated version of the Lynx GameDrive cartridge has support for EEPROM save games as used by some homebrew software as well as improved game load time (no longer than one second for even the largest games), and an improved game selection menu."

Apr 1 2020

We published this year's April Fool's joke about a Virus found to infect homebrew Atari Lynx cartridges containing EEPROMs. Well there was an actual ROM behind it, so we're making it and the source code available to download and play. The information page is here, you can play the ROM here or download it. Then the source code is available here.

Also don't forget we are running the 2020 Lynx Programming Competition, so if you can code, you should register for that!

Mar 28 2020
Lynx GD (Game Drive) is almost ready to ship! Here's an update from RetroHQ...Lynx GameDrive Production PCB built up and tested. All looking good! Final bit of testing and these will start to go into production... finally! The website is being updated with product and distributor details as they come online. You can check out the product listing here.
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