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Hi! It's been a while since I have finished a pico-8 game to be able to share it here, but this is one!

The controls are Z/C to Jump, and X/V = Shoot (or respawn if you become a slimepire)

~ Story: ~
Years after the horde have claimed Earth's surface, they find their way into Bunker 4103 - the last bastion of humanity. You awake in a remote part of the underground shelter, and if you want to remain human you must reach the bunker's deepest point: the safe room.

~ Extras ~
You can tip $3 or more on itch.io for access to extra goodies: illustrated & pixel maps, a comprehensive manual, and also a 2 hour video of me talking through the game project and its code.

~ Links: ~
Return of the SLIMEPIRES! on itch.io
My Patreon - supports things like this <3
Development thread on twitter

P#110276 2022-04-15 10:46

i have no idea how this room is possible. you cannot reach the ladder and the jump is too far even if you do a somewhat precise sliding jump, you still fall just short. you can't diagonally shoot the barrel (which doesn't do anything as far as i can tell).

what are you supposed to do?

P#110279 2022-04-15 15:10

i think you can climb up the ladder, duck, and then shoot

P#110281 2022-04-15 16:24

@JROMHacks Just jump below the ladder and press up. You may need to press jump twice, but it is definitely reachable.

P#110282 2022-04-15 16:29

Got ending B) and C),

and a suicide room
, what to do to get the other two?

edit: thanks, reached. Excellent game!

P#110284 2022-04-15 17:58 ( Edited 2022-04-17 11:59)

What a marvelous action/shooter, @SophieHoulden ! Reminds me a bit of Blackthorne for the Super Nintendo, where he can cling to edges and attack enemies.

Here is a gold star to wear on your uniform.

P#110291 2022-04-15 22:13

This is so good! Holy cow

P#110300 2022-04-16 04:00

lovely game, great job sophie!

@JROMHacks - i got stuck in the same spot with the high-ladder - you won't grab it if you're holding the Jump button! try holding Up the whole time, but then only tapping Jump momentarily

P#110321 2022-04-16 13:33 ( Edited 2022-04-16 13:35)

Wasn't easy but I got all the 4 endings. A very enjoyable experience for sure. Thank you for this wonderful game!

P#110325 2022-04-16 14:43

i got ending b, a secret room, and another secret room using a glitch, also did a pacifist and deathless run
edit: got to that first secret room using the same glitch aswell
edit 2: crashed game using glitch
edit 3: beat the game with left terminal off
edit 4: found speedrun skips for every terminal
edit 5: found a way to beat the bottom terminal without hitting button to open all terminal routes up
edit 6: idk how tf you get other endings, if anyone could inform me on how many ther are id be happy (dont tell me how to get them tho)
edit 7: got ending c
edit 8: got into safe room without any generators on lol

edit 9: got ending a

that was a cool bossfight good job on making that so enjoyable while short

edit 10: i should probably post some proper feedback now:
this game is very polished, with fluid movement, and nicely made parkour sections, it makes the player think, but not too much, and the endings are quite nice once you finally find them. the game never confused me, but gave me different paths to take, which is quite nice. the different endings and routes are enough to keep a player enticed for the longest of times, 10/10.
edit 11: @ffa to hide text use 'hidden' and '/hidden' not 'hide' and '/hide'

P#110326 2022-04-16 15:12 ( Edited 2022-04-17 11:07)

AMAZING! The flavor text was great. 10/10 if the gun sound was a little better it would be 11/10.

P#110328 2022-04-16 16:44

How to get the boss fight?

P#110362 2022-04-17 14:26

@CrownDeluxe if you really want to get ending a then

the way you obtain the bossfight and ending a is you kill every (moving) slimepire without death, then go to the safe room. you will then see the emprex slimepire, who is noted in a secret room
this is a major spoiler and ruins the fun of finding it out, but there are still lots of secret rooms hidden throughout the game, have fun!
also, if you are unable to find ending c, i know that one aswell.

P#110364 2022-04-17 17:39 ( Edited 2022-04-17 17:43)

You also get a kind of boss fight in ending d.

P#110367 2022-04-17 18:19

@ChakAttack oh theres an ending d? if you could give me a small hint thatd be nice, but thanks for informing me that there is an ending d

P#110370 2022-04-17 19:59

what a great game! ill be sure to go give the $3 you're asking for as soon as i can! there are a few glitches - sliding and jumping in tight spaces can often result in the player warping within a room or even into an entirely different room.
I've gotten all 4 endings after about two hours of play. tip for ending D to everyone else, it is very similar to ending A except the exact opposite, it also showed me just how much care had to go into the level and enemy design, I appreciate it a lot. note about some secret things (rot13 to avoid spoiling): fnqyl gur svtug vf irel purrfnoyr ol fgnaqvat va gur fcvxrq cyngsbez naq fubbgvat qvntbanyl, fb gb vzcebir vg v jbhyq znxr gur nggnpx qvntbany nf jryy.

P#110376 2022-04-17 22:23

@demonix don't tell her about the slide glitch it's good for speedruns
also wdym its like ending a but the exact opposite

P#110378 2022-04-17 22:44 ( Edited 2022-04-18 08:05)

@alola ending a requires

exterminating and not dying.

ending d requires
embracing and dying.

P#110388 2022-04-18 08:24

@ChakAttack thanks for that, i thought he meant like

going to the start while red

also im going to assume you mean
dying as a slimepire

ive made it to the boss as a slimepire so idk what you mean tho lol

P#110390 2022-04-18 09:12 ( Edited 2022-04-18 15:19)

Thanks for all the kind words and feedback everyone (and thanks for playing!)

For Ending D, I’m pretty sure it’s possible to do it without dying (not sure if I’ve ever managed though :p), and the sliding glitch I found pretty early but deliberately kept in specifically for speedrunning. I thought casual players would be unlikely to find it but I’ve been proved wrong on that lol. Still, I don’t plan to remove it :)

P#110392 2022-04-18 10:17

yooooo shes keeping the glitch
cool dev (as always from sophie)
also if theres a speedrun discord i already have a route to share

P#110396 2022-04-18 10:46 ( Edited 2022-04-18 10:50)

I'm enjoying this game but have got totally stuck. How on earth do you shoot the red blob on this screen? If I get down to the spikes I can't shoot it because my bullets are too low. I thought I could shoot it from the ladder but any attempt to shoot from the ladder make me fall off.

P#110413 2022-04-18 16:18

@phil go to the left then crouch and shoot
also ive created a temporary discord server for speedrunning purposes, if you want me to take off the link or delete the server at any time, please notify me sophie

P#110414 2022-04-18 16:26 ( Edited 2022-04-18 16:59)

@alola THANKS!!! So obvious now!

P#110415 2022-04-18 16:32

@phil np it annoyed me a bit aswell, but once you get it, its a cool puzzle

P#110416 2022-04-18 16:59

Woah, what the heck happened here? 😅

edit: ah, this is that "speedrun glitch" that allows all kinds of silly runs to be possible? fun.

P#110472 2022-04-19 11:31 ( Edited 2022-04-19 11:39)

@JTE yes, you can also jump while in the start of a half block while sliding, which is a more useful way to use this

P#110475 2022-04-19 12:47


i looked through me ending b pacifist run footage, saw the hole in the wall and got annoyed at myself, but cool ending d boss

@ChakAttack could you please explain what you did to obtain ending d through a glitch? ive gotten to that room but instantly died because i was at the top of the screen and you instantly get hit

P#110479 2022-04-19 13:24 ( Edited 2022-04-19 14:00)

After reading the manual and watching the walkthrough video I realised that I reached ending D not the normal way but through a glitch :) That's why I thought the requirements were different.

P#110481 2022-04-19 13:52

What a wonderful game! Wow, it has been a long time since I have used this account...

Anyway, I love this. I wonder if there's an area I can only beat as a slimepire...

god i love body horror

P#110482 2022-04-19 14:01

ok i got ending B but can someone tell me how to get the everyone dies ending please

P#110488 2022-04-19 14:14

@alola I don't know under what circumstances it worked, but what I was trying when I reached ending d was

shooting the safe room switch and quickly slide back before the door closed. Then I was teletransported to the passage before the Emprex's sanctuary

P#110489 2022-04-19 14:15

@ChakAttack ok thank you, i do that to crush myself as a joke in my runs so there must be some other condition that ill research. it may be another instance of slide clipping so ill try jumping as i do it.
@Roninnozlo there is no "everyone dies" ending, but there are 3 other endings in the game for you to find, heres a hint for one of them:

which room has no roof and who can fly? hope this helps

edit (for @ChakAttack): i was correct, jumping while sliding under it will warp you into the hallway next to the good emprex, but exiting on the left will put you in the wall, if you jump then it clips you out though. this could be huge, thank you so much for sharing!

P#110497 2022-04-19 15:38 ( Edited 2022-04-19 15:55)

does anyone know how to get the ending d

P#110504 2022-04-19 16:51

@pingüino324 yes, i know how to obtain ending d MAJOR SPOILER:

instead of killing everything (ending a) kill no moving enemies, the pod things can be killed if needed tho, then when going to ending b, there will be a hole in the wall, go in and go to the farthest right you can, talk to the emprex, and youll be half slime, go back to the start (2nd room) and there will be a pit of spikes with a hole, go down that hole (while slime you cant die from spikes) and you should be able to find the boss room from there

P#110508 2022-04-19 17:14

it is possible to reach ending a while half slime!

P#110518 2022-04-19 19:47

Very good game 10/10. Thanks to @alola :)

P#110532 2022-04-20 00:28 ( Edited 2022-04-20 00:57)

no problem @pingüino324 its a pain to obatain without alot of time on your hands

P#110567 2022-04-20 11:37

I love the poetic endings!

P#110584 2022-04-20 15:52

I really enjoy this game, thank you Sophie!

P#110595 2022-04-20 18:19

i love this game got ending B but not c.

P#110650 2022-04-21 14:12

"@daniel hall of sus" for ending c:

become slime boi and fly out of 1st room

ending a:
kill all moving enemies without dying

ending d:
dont kill any moving enemies

P#110728 2022-04-22 18:56


I added music and changed the gun sound. Please check it out!

P#110804 2022-04-25 01:13 ( Edited 2022-04-25 01:14)

I really liked this. So much so, I made a video. :)


P#111158 2022-05-01 21:39

I like ending C

P#111288 2022-05-04 16:34

I really enjoy the game, this is by far one of my favorites! I managed to get all the endings except A. MINOR ENDING A SPOILER:

On my ending A attempt, I turned red as I killed the last enemy in the red generator area, but then accidentally slid into one of the pits with the pods and died. Lol it was painful. Still, amazing work, i'll try again sometime!

P#111309 2022-05-05 03:14 ( Edited 2022-05-05 03:20)

This is really fantastic. Wouldn't have thought you could fit a full game and four compelling endings into a Pico cart. Well done.

P#111737 2022-05-12 15:59 ( Edited 2022-05-12 15:59)

At first I thought: What a nice and decent platformer, oh halfheight blocks, interesting and than I came across the first story tidbit and now I will play this through after work in the eveening!

P#111765 2022-05-13 06:00

amazing level desgin

P#112140 2022-05-22 17:08

Hey @SophieHoulden

Ok so I ran into some trouble with the...

pacifist ending of the game. Ive already activated the other two generators with no problems. But in order to duck/slide through this area its impossible not to touch the slimepire there. Ive tested and all the other duck/slides spit you out immediately after the halfblock portion, but this one doesn't? Maybe its just me doing something wrong and not realizing it.

As for the game itself, I love it! Ive gotten endings B and C (with some help on that last one). The gameplay is pretty smooth, and there's a lot here, especially for pico8. Cant wait to complete the other endings...

Dont understand the objective for ending A though... what is it?

P#112872 2022-06-08 01:29

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