Welcome to my latest Pico-8 project I'm working on called StarBase! The aim of the project is to create a sandbox style game focused on mining resources from asteroids and building space stations. Any suggestions of what to add or how to improve it are very welcome!
Be sure to take a screenshot and comment pictures of your bases you build, I'd love to see them!
In this update I added auto-tiling for base blocks and EXPLOSIONS!
- Improved the particle system
- Changed some sounds
- Changed ships particle effects
- Reduced the number of blocks in the build menu
- Added explosions and screen-shake
- Added item/block names
- Building over asteroids gets rid of them
- Building landing pads causes you to take off
- Mining lasers on your space-craft that allow the gathering of materials from asteroids
- Different coloured asteroids that will provide different materials when mined
- Different station parts that provide unique utilities (space-craft construction etc.)
- Z = Get out/Into ship (whilst on top of space-craft)
- Z = Land on space stations (whilst in space-craft on a landing pad)
- X = mining laser (whilst near ore)
- Arrow Keys = Float/Fly around
- Z = Place station block
- X = Change current block
! Shuriken Toss v1.2 !
- Edited the Title screen slightly
- Added a menu system to the Title screen
- Added a 'Giant Shuriken' power-up
- Kunais now add to your score when they destroy a bamboo
- Some new sounds
- Bug fixes and improvements
The garden has become overrun by bamboo shoots! Destroy as many as you can before the time runs out.
- Z to use power-ups
- Directional pad/Arrow Keys to move
! Shuriken Toss v1.1 !
I've added general improvements and bug fixes in this update.
- Controls are now shown on the transition screen at the start
- Revamped the scoring system to be more intuitive and make more sense
- You now score 1 point for destroying a bamboo shoot
- You have 30 seconds to destroy as many as you can
- Changed collisions with bamboo shoots and power-ups to be more fair
- Added a game count on the end screen so you know how many games you've played
- Changed the kunai ability (knife throw ability) to now always throw one kunai in each of the four directions making it a lot more reliable and useful
- Optimised some bits of code
- When a kunai destroys a bamboo you don't get the point for it - Fix for this coming very soon!
- Some graphical issues with bamboo shoots appearing on top of each other
Snake 1.3! - Rainbow Snakes!
Fixed some bugs and changed the snake into a ummm...rainbow snake. May add some BG music and a lose condition in the future.
-Revamped the color mechanic to make it a RAINBOW SNAKE
-Added in the ability to change the length of color stripes on the snake
-'Fixed' the bug that made the segments out of line with the head
-Added white outlines to the snake head and pellets to make location clearer for the player
-Added dithering effect to each segment that makes them look fuzzy and blend together
-Arrow Keys to move
-'X' to change color stripe length
Snake 1.2! - A...game...?
I've gone ahead and added in some simple gameplay elements to make it more of a game than a web toy now however you cannot lose or win at the moment...only score. Suggestions on how I could improve or change the game (and possibly add a lose condition) are very welcome!
-Added 'food pellets' that make you grow
-Removed the ability to randomly pick your position
-Changed some sfx around
-Added 'Length' and 'Score' counters
-Changed red text to match BG color
-Arrow Keys to move
-'X' to change snake color
Snake Toy v1.2! - Flight!
-Added a shadow below the snake to make it look as if it's flying
-Added text to tell the player the controls
-Added the ability to change color with 'x'
-Added some simple sounds
-Gave the snake little snake eyessss
-Arrow Keys to move
-'Z' key to pick random positions
-'X' key to change color of the snake
Made this little snake toy based off of the code in the GIF from the Pico-8 0.1.8 update blog. Mainly Zep's code with alterations and added features such as the 8-way directional snake head.
-Arrow Keys to move
-'Z' to pick random positions
Things to add:
Update 1.5! - Music, Mines and Mayhem!
I've been working hard lately on some of my current projects and finally got around to updating Space Delivery! This time round I've added in enemy mines that you need to dodge whilst collecting and delivering packages around the map. On top of this, the player can now get a GAME OVER screen when they die and strive to beat that high-score! I've also worked on ironing out lots of bugs and improving the overall graphical fidelity of the game.
As always, community feedback is much appreciated and has a big impact on the final result. Any suggestions, constructive criticism (or just criticism) about the game are more than welcome!
-Added bad music
-Added a deadly space mine enemy
-Added a game over screen
-Added high-score functionality
-Added a black border around text for better readability
-Added a particle system for creating explosions + smoke
-Added sprite frame animation support
-Added more asteroid islands
-Optimised some functions
-Players now gain 2 health whenever they deliver a package
-Changed the package sprite to a more traditional box
Arrow Keys - Move
Z - Land / Take-off
Follow the arrow to collect and deliver packages. Land on the delivery zone to deliver a package.
Update 1.4.1! - Sound!
Just a small update to re-implement sounds into the game. It's interesting how much of a difference it makes with and without sound!
Update 1.4! - Overhaul!
So after another long break from the game whilst developing 'Shuriken Toss', I decided to revisit it and... completely remake it! That's right, completely re-write the game and strip it down to the bare bones and focus this time on the core gameplay mechanics and functions of the game. I felt that I kept wasting too much time before getting bogged down with trying to optimise the game (although it was never optimised!) and adding silly extras such as text systems and palette swapping when there was no core game there yet. This is a good thing, however, as I have learnt a lot from working on this and other projects that has helped to better this game.
Your goal is to follow the direction of the objective arrow and collect the delivery orb. You then take it back to the drop off point marked by a:
Next I think I will try and add some kind of threat to delivering the orbs like space mines or enemies that keeps the player on their toes. I may also add shooting, however I'm very tempted to keep the protagonist a pacifist as they are only a delivery courier, not a space marine ¯_(ツ)_/¯. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated ;) .
At the moment I'm very torn with whether to add the fuel system to the game or not as i feel as though it can be more of an inconvenience than a 'main feature'. I would love your feedback and ideas on this and any other aspects of the game, thank you!
-Changed the world size from 3x3 rooms big to 4x4
-Changed maximum fuel capacity
-Changed fuel bar size and position
-Added 'Delivery Orbs' that can be delivered for points
-Added a score to the UI
-Added an objective pointer that points towards the 'Delivery Orb'
-Added a life bar for the player that decreases by one when you run out of fuel
-Added a classic building from the old versions of the game back in because I liked the design
-Removed sounds from the game (temporary)
I hope you enjoy this early version of the game!
Update 1.3! - Fuel, Explosions And Even More Space!
Sorry for not updating for so long (I've been rather busy) but here is my Space game at the moment. It's still pretty bare-bones with no goal however I've been working hard on implementing some new features and had to completely re-write how the world map is stored and used by the game... See the change-log below for a full list of changes. I'll probably add some kind of respawn next after you explode and see if I can get a simple delivery system working. Any suggestions in the comments are welcome as usual!
Future Update Ideas:
My idea for this game is that you'll have to collect and deliver packages from around the map to certain places whilst dodging enemies and making sure you don't run out of fuel on the way! The fuel gauge can represent the players fuel AND also the players health so that your fuel decreases when you get attacked AND when you fly around.
-Explosion particles stay on the screen when you change room
-Player sometimes doesn't spin out of control when they run out of fuel
-Changed ship speed and acceleration/deceleration
-Changed the map to now support 3x3 rooms!
-Changed all of the contents of the rooms
-Changed landing/taking off speeds to be faster
-Changed all of the sounds in the game
-Changed the name of the game to 'Space Delivery'
-Changed screen border thickness
-Fixed when the player moves into the next room
-Fixed graphical glitch when changing rooms
-Fixed players minimum landing height
-Added a simple menu system for palette swapping
-Added a title screen for the menu
-Added a fuel system for the ship
-Added particle generator for explosions
-Removed the text system (for now anyway, it was creating clutter)
-Moved the palette swapper into the menu
-Fixed a sound bug
Minor update 1.2.1 - Let There Be...Color!
-Added the ability to change the palette by pressing 'x'
-Fixed the player and player shadow drawing on top of the screen border
-Minor tweaks and changes to the floaty player text
-Added a sneaky easter egg ;) (no really, it's an egg)
Update 1.2! - Lift Off!
Added a few cool new features (even if they are a bit useless at the moment) which you can check out in the change-log below.
-Added the ability to take off/land
-Added text for takeing off/landing that lerps to the player
-Added some sounds for taking off/landing/flying
-Made the two colors dependant on a variable for future palette swapping
-Made the shadow further from ship to give a better sense of height
-Shadow now decreases if you fly over stations (buildings)
-Can't land on top of stations
-Can't land if you are moving too fast
-Re-implemented white border around the edge of the screen
-Added more buildings
Update 1.1! - More Space!
Updated my space game (still has no title) to version 1.1.
Any suggestions of things to add next are more than welcome.
-Added multiple 'rooms' to explore and fly around
-Made the camera static instead of follow the player
-Added some new tiles for building space stations and small asteroids
-Now loops the player around a larger world instead of one screen
-Fixed player outline and shadow drawing
Update 1.0! - Original Prototype!
Greetings Pico-8'ers! I'm quite new to game development and have decided to start making a little 1-bit (may add colours) space exploration type game. It's currently a work in progress and I intend to add things to discover on the map such as asteroids and crashed spaceships that you could somehow interact with. I'd like to implement text boxes at some point so I may require your help!