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Throwback: Interview with Ken Beckett, creator of Crystal Mines

Waaaaay back in 2000, Songbird founder Carl Forhan interviewed the creator and programmer of Crystal Mines (NES) and Crystal Mines II (Lynx), Ken Beckett; and the Lead Level Designer, C. Scott Davis. At the time, Carl and Scott were working on the PC-based expansion for Crystal Mines II called “Buried Treasure,” which later was also […]

Raiders of the Lost ROM part 6

Here we are, at the final installment of ROM hacking for Quadromania. I’ve got three areas left to discuss: Replacing graphics EEPROM support Encrypting scores to allow validated player score submissions online Replacing graphics is not for the faint at heart. Yes, aspiring Lynx developers do have wonderful tools at their disposal — including the […]

Biniax 2 and Xump for the Lynx!

Songbird is super-excited to announce orders are open for Biniax 2 and Xump for the Atari Lynx! Biniax is a frantic push-your-luck puzzle game that includes Biniax 1 and Biniax 2, while Xump is a clever navigate-the-maze game with dozens of levels. Both games feature top-notch graphics and music to keep you entertained. First run of each game is limited to […]

Raiders of the Lost ROM part 3

We’ve been walking through the process of revitalizing an old 1990s era Lynx ROM called Quadromania. So far, most of the work has been focused on making existing features work. This time we’re going to try adding a brand new feature: stereo panning. Panning is only supported on the Lynx II model. I’ve even read […]