Bennupack 1.5 pro available (re-updated)

The Colombian Developers Team (Coldev) brings us the latest version of their BennuPack. BennuPack is the essential pack for developing BennuGD games in Windows; bundling most of what you’ll probably need: Bennu itself, an IDE, more DLLs than you knew existed, coding examples, documentation… all for your coding pleasure.
(Click on “Read More” for more juicy details, and a changelog).

This new version updates BennuGD to r22 (not quite the latest version, but who can keep up SplinterGU’s development pace, anyway?), adds coding examples for medium level Bennu and for the bundled dlls and includes two tools that allow you to create FPGs and FNTs.

Certainly a must-have if you want to develop Bennu games in windows.

Update: They released 1.4.1 with more improvements!

Update: They released 1.5 with an improved Notepad++ IDE integration, a new utility called SplitImage, a MNG library example and more.
You better keep an eye on their rss feed

Bennu ported to GP2X!

Well known forum user (and wiki site admin) Sandman has announced in a forum post that he’s ported BennuGD revision 30 to the GP2X console (more after the break).

GP2x is a game console that runs a custom form of linux and is well known in the homebrew game development communities.
To our knowledge, this is the first time BennuGD has been ported to this (or any, for the matter the Wii port has been with us for a while) console, although Fenix did have a GP2X port that is in fact mentioned in the wikipedia entry.
The GP2X wiki lists some of the games developed with Fenix for the device. Maybe one the most memorable ones for some of us DIV oldies is Castle of Dr Malvado (pic shown below).
Time to start coding for those tiny 3.5” screens!

Getting started with BennuGD

BennuGD is a great tool for creating games, but it might seem to be extremely confusing to newcomers.
If you are one of them, the BennuGD wiki has an entry detailing how to get started, both for Windows and Linux, here (read on for more details…)

Once you’ve installed BennuGD your next step is to check on the related wiki entry on how to create a simple “Hello World!” program. It contains the basics of BennuGD programming and will teach you how to create a simple multi-process program in just a few lines of code.

Also, the forums are the main source of news. You can get in touch there with the people that create and use BennuGD on a daily basis, exchange your ideas and comments with them, and will find help as you need it, so….

See you in the forums soon!