Saturday, 7 July 2007

MeBoy: Gameboy fun for your Non Symbian Phone

Let's take a rest from Flash Lite just for a minute. I just came across this really cool application called MeBoy:

MeBoy is a Gameboy emulator for mobile phones (which means you can use it to play Gameboy games on a mobile phone). It works on phones with support for Java Micro Edition, specifically MIDP 2.0. Your phone manufacturer's web site can tell you if this includes your phone.

This means you can load up Gameboy (and Color) ROMs onto your cell phone and play them. I decided to give it a try with my SE W300i. A great added function for v 1.4 is the ability to shrink fit, meaning your screen can be shrunk to fit on your cellphone screen if it's too small; this was great for my 128x160 screen. Also, the rotate screen function also makes lets me maximize the screen for a larger display, albeit more awkward controls. However, you get the flexibility of designating all the controls which is nice.

Gaemplay is surprisingly good on my w300i, averaging around 20fps at most times. But to be honest, there is a noticeable decrease in performance in certain circumstances (fading, transitions) but I guess you can't expect too much. Another big downer is the current lack of audio support. Oh well, I guess you can't have it all. Either way, it's still great to see this program bring back the great Gameboy games of our time. You can visit the developer site here: MEBoy.

Now, back to flash for a minute: wouldn't it be cool if emulators could be created in Flash (or flash lite?). Would be pretty awesome, but I honestly have no idea if that's even possible. Just a thought...


Rahul Bhatnagar said...

hey man, i bought a w610i, bt all the themes wer deleted, i tried using flash themes i found on the net, but they arnt working wid my cell phone

Rahul Bhatnagar said...

the menu still stays the same, i think my fone supports flash themes then wat shud i do??, thanks for all those tutorials..

Philip Lam said...

Maybe your firmware version doesn't support it... Try reflashing the firmware? Posting your problem on the SE-NSE forums will also yield a better response.