Thumby: Download & Play Games from the Thumby Arcade

Thumby: Download & Play Games from the Thumby Arcade

This tutorial will show you how to download and add games to your Thumby hardware from the Arcade in the Thumby Editor IDE!

Go through the Getting Started with Thumby Tutorial before continuing with this tutorial so that you are familiar with how to emulate games and how to connect your Thumby to the IDE.



      • Your Thumby game
      • A GitHub account
      • Thumby Web IDE
        • NOTE: Only Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge support running the TinyCircuits Thumby Editor IDE webpage

      Playing Thumby Games

      Before you download games to your Thumby, you can play test them in the Web IDE using the Emulator. You can directly click the Thumby buttons in the Emulator with your mouse to play games, or you can use the 'w', 'a', 's'. 'd' keys for the d-pad, and the ',', '.' (command and period) keys for the A and B action buttons. 

      Thumby games are added to the Arcade by wonderful & cool Thumby users that wanted to share the games they made. (Thank you game developers!!) 

      A few mentions of awesome game developers:

       Caution: This one has some mature language that may not be suited for all ages

      Play all the games you want - be sure to check back occasionally to see new games that get added to the Arcade! Learn how to submit your own.

      Download Games to Thumby Hardware

      If you are unsure on how to connect your Thumby to the Web IDE, please go through the Getting Started tutorial to learn or refresh your memory. 

      connect thumby to web ide button screenshot

      Once you have found games you like and your Thumby is connected to the Web IDE, all you need to do is download the games to your hardware. Open the Arcade and press 'Download':

      Thumby IDE Arcade screenshot of Download button

      After a few seconds, you should see the downloaded game in your Filesystem panel. The new game is ready to play on the Thumby!

      Carpenter Bee posed and ready to play a game on Thumby

      Fred the carpenter bee plays Thumby... ThumBee?

      Having any troubles or questions? Maybe you have a game idea and aren't sure where to start? Consider sharing your ideas or questions on the Thumby board of the TinyCircuits forum, or discuss with the community on our Discord. Keep in mind that if you have serious questions or need customer support, the forum is the best place for it where TinyCircuits engineers will be happy to help you out!

        Contact Us

        If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact TinyCircuits support or make a post on the TinyCircuits forum.

        Show us what you make by tagging @TinyCircuits on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook so we can feature it!

        Thanks for making with us!