I want to use the following materials for animations with kids:

  • A Raspberry Pi 3 model B running Ubuntu Mate
  • A 17 inches screen with 1600x900 resolution
  • A Makey Makey and a few alligator clips
  • Bananas as controller for the Makey Makey

As such, I am searching for a game for them to play.
This game must fulfil these requirements:

  • Use simple-to-understand mechanics (think Pacman level)
  • Fairly basic control-wise:
    • The controls allowed with bananas are:
      • space keys and left-click (simple ones)
      • w a s d f g (wiring a wee bit more complicated)
      • for the pointer and both clicks (controls way harder than with an actual mouse)
    • As such, the game should be fully controllable with only the above keys. Rebinding is okay.
    • Due to the nature of pointer controls, games which are simple to play with an actual mouse can become very challenging when using the Makey Makey.
  • The game must be able to run on a Pi, although not necessarily at full resolution.

What would also be great is:

  • If the game was Open-Source
  • If it had some kind of local (one screen) multi-player, or even LAN multi-player
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    There is another question on this topic, but it did not provide any control information.
    – Kyll
    Jun 10, 2016 at 13:03
  • Throwing bomberman in here, no information on open-source though. But it does have a LAN multiplayer :D
    – Seth
    Jun 10, 2016 at 13:10
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    bomberclone on the universe repository works nicely yep!
    – Kyll
    Jun 10, 2016 at 13:37

1 Answer 1


SuperTux, a free clone of Super Mario Bros.

  • It runs on the Raspberry Pi
  • It uses the keys, the space bar and CTRL to shoot
  • Simply to understand mechanics. I think everybody knows how to play Super Mario
  • It doesn't have network support
  • But it comes with a map editor. However you will need a mouse to design a map.


  • Interesting. The keys can be rebound, so I can plug the action key to a banana too. I'll have to check how nicely the game runs on a Pi though, a 3 minutes search brought this video of someone successfully using a Pi to play the game back in 2012.
    – Kyll
    Jun 12, 2016 at 17:10

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