With thanks to Robert Broglia and his awesome series of ‘.emu’ emulators and huge thanks Lon Seidman’s Youtube channel tutorial, I can now play Colecovision games on my Ouya…and in particular, a couple of rather funky homebrew titles too.
If you fancy having a go with your own Ouya, you’ll need three things (plus some games to play).
Download and install the MSX.emu emulator from the Ouya Store.
Download and install a File Manager on your Ouya – I’m currently using ES File Explorer which I found via Google and sideloaded to my Ouya via my USB stick. It’s a little clunky to use and I’m sure that there’s better file managers out there (any suggestion would be welcome) but once you get used to navigating around, it’s not too bad.
My Ouya ‘Make’ folder.
Download the Coleco BIOS files from Robert Broglia’s website, extract the zip files and copy the folder (and contents) called ‘COL – ColecoVision’ to a USB stick. Do not rename the folder or files.
Download link – http://www.explusalpha.com/home/msx-emu
This next bit wasn’t overly clear in Lon’s tutorial, but what you need to do is copy the Bios files to folder that is found on the root directory of the Ouya. The root folder is actually called ‘SD card’…I’m not sure why, but as the Ouya OS has ties with the Android OS, I’m guessing it relates to the fact that most user account root folders found on Android devices are generally SD cards?
This is the root (sdcard) folder of my Ouya. Note the MSX.emu folder…inside there is another folder called ‘Machines’ and inside that folder, copy the ‘COL-ColecoVision’ folder (and it’s contents) from the USB stick.
So…the full path name should be – SDcard/MSX.emu/Machines/Col-ColecoVision – and inside there should be the two Coleco bios files.
To change MSX.emu emulator from MSX mode to Colecovision mode, fire up the emulator, go to the Systems Options Menu and you should be able to change the Machine Type to COL – ColecoVision. Then all you need to do is browse to wherever you store your game files, Load and blast away.
As I mention above, the two Coleco homebrew games I’ve been enjoying on my Ouya are –
Space Fortress by John Dondzila – He’s the chap behind so many of those great homebrew Vectrex games – http://www.classicgamecreations.com/
Pound away at the enemy shields whilst dodging incoming fire in this homage to Coin-op and Vectrex classic, Star Castle
Make a hole and destroy the cannon at the centre.
Next up is the most excellent classic shooter – Terra Attack by Scott Huggins.
It’s plays sorta like a mixture of Missile Command and Pleiads. You control three cannons at the bottom of the screen. Each have limited ammunition in which to destroy the alien craft flying about that are hell bend on introducing you to a pixelated death. The game is played over a few levels offering different enemies and attack patterns until the final showdown with said aliens mother.
Terra Attack is one outstanding retro shooter and if even if you don’t have an Ouya, it’s well worth locating a suitable Colecovision emulator and give this one a go