What is the Hydra? Here’s the blurb…
The HYDRA Game Development Kit is a complete edutainment platform to learn multiprocessing game development, graphics and media applications on the HYDRA Game Console. Based on the new Parallax multiprocessing Propeller Chip. For beginner to intermediate coders, you need only basic programming experience in any BASIC or C-like language to get started with the kit. The kit includes everything you need to get started (TV and PC not included).
The kit also comes with a comprehensive book on game programming for the Propeller in Spin and assembly language – “Game Programming for the Propeller Powered HYDRA” (Table of Contents). Within the book, the HYDRA hardware is covered in grueling detail with schematics, descriptions, and tips allowing you to take full advantage of its resources, including its expansion port and game card. Written by best-selling game development author Andre’ LaMothe, the included book is your complete guide to developing games, graphics, and media applications for the Propeller Powered HYDRA Game Console. The book assumes you have only basic programming experience in any BASIC or C-like language. It covers all aspects of the Propeller chip from its architecture to using the Propeller Tool IDE for programming in both Spin and assembly language, with numerous demo programs to use as starting points for your own games.
Included on the kit CD is all the source code and executables for all the included, games, demos, tools and examples. Additionally, the HYDRA Game Development Kit includes HYDRA BASIC which is a dialect of “Tiny BASIC” based on the specification originally published in “Dr. Dobb’s Journal” in 1975. With this classic version of BASIC you can write programs directly on the HYDRA without the need for a PC! Simply load BASIC into the HYDRA or on the included game cartridge and you are up and running with nothing more than your TV and keyboard.
The HYDRA is not only a game console, but a complete computer system with everything you need to get started exploring the fascinating world of game development and the new multiprocessing Propeller Chip!
It’s a fantastic piece of kit for both the beginner programmer and the retro enthusiast alike and we’re chuffed to have one to give away. Depending on how things pan out, there may be more in a similar vein to come, we’re working on it! Stay tuned…