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Learning a bit more!

This is a game where you're a bird that poops on cars.

P#106822 2022-02-13 05:23 ( Edited 2022-03-05 23:30)

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This version is a complete rewrite in a more OO style. I'm figuring out my preferred way to work with Lua and organize game logic - feedback welcome.

P#108105 2022-03-05 23:30

I kept losing and had no idea why. It seemed to occur every time I shat on a car. I figured that was the point of the game so I was so confused.

Turns out I was being hit by cars. ?

Some recommendations:

  • Provide some form of instructions (Shit on cars! Don't get hit by cars! You lose if you get hit by one. Try for a high-flying score!)
  • Tell me how I died. (You got hit by a car!)
  • Why would the bird get hit by cars if it is high enough to shit on cars? It doesn't really make sense.
P#108116 2022-03-06 03:04

Ha, you're right that it doesn't make sense that the cars would hit the bird. That's a great idea to at least display a message like "you got hit by a car," that would be really simple to add.

I think I see some other cards have an instructions screen that you can access from the splash screen, like "press x to play, press o for instructions". I might try that.

On a related thought, a lot of retro games relied on you having read the manual before playing to learn how the game worked. How cute would be it if Pico-8 let you attach a "user manual" to each cart - maybe a text file, or a single image? idk

P#108478 2022-03-12 04:44 ( Edited 2022-03-12 04:46)

That would be nice. What most people do, since most games are posted only here in the BBS, is use the formatting available to give what is basically a manual below the player, in the cart post. Like this:




U/D/L/R: move bird
X: turd bomb


Crap on as many cars as you can while avoiding being hit by them. Rack up a high-flying score!

P#108482 2022-03-12 05:13

Crazy game, @gregsabo. I'd worry about a bird that can do this in real life:

And yes, the logic a flying bird gets hit by a grounded object.

Still, a game is a game. :)

P#108507 2022-03-12 17:39 ( Edited 2022-03-12 17:40)

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