GameRunner is an Openmoko Linux distribution. It aims to convert the Freerunner open mobile phone into a Linux-based handheld game console. It is simple, and contains cool open source games suitable for Linux mobile devices.
- Good boot time : 30 seconds (15 seconds if using Qi)
- Minimal rootfs with the proper libs for games (like SDL and Allegro) : tgz 36MB size.
- There are no services running, so all the resources are there just for games.
- GameRunner provides a simple beta application to control games. It reads touchscreen and accelerometers and sends games key Xevents. So we don't need to modify the source code of the games to play.
- It has a simple main menu on GUI.
- Current and new Ported games.
To understand GameRunner, you must first understand IT IS NOT A DISTRIBUTION FOR PHONE APPLICATIONS. The aim of GameRunner is to turn the Freerunner device into a handheld gaming console. Think in it like a dingo with dingux and an OpenHandhelds.org File Archive.
GameRunner runs off the MicroSD card, so you can switch to it every time you want to play some games, and after that just switch back to your regular distribution.
In the GameRunner, there are no GUI libraries, no window managers, no telephony or GPS applications. We want to keep it small and simple - just Xglamo + game launcher menu. For the full hardware support, please use another distribution, like SHR, qtmoko, Debian or Hackable1.
GameRunner has 20+ cool games ready to play. You will find known games for Openmoko plus new ones, like Quake1, TecnoBallZ, GNURobbo, Block Rage, Powder and Tyrian21.