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Vampachi v1.1

Dodge, evolve, survive! This is my PICO-8 take on Vampire Survivors. As a vertical shmup. It started out way more Vampire Survivors-like and turned out way more shmup-like. At least it's not just a clone.


Yeah, sure. Okay, well: Help vampire hunter Liz Belmont to survive until dawn. Except dawn will never come. Sorry.


Endless survival shmup gameplay
15 types of enemies
4 types of bosses
10 upgradable abilities and weapons including:

  • A god-worthy hammer
  • An adorable bee
  • A Pac-Man
  • A fluffy sheep
  • A Croissant
  • Melee damage
  • up to 8-way shooting (completely automated)

How to play

Just dodge everything on screen but the blue gems. Those will level up your abilities and give you bonus weapons.
Shooting is completely automated. You don't need to press any buttons.
Fly near enemies to kill them with your melee claws.

Press C to start the game.
Use the arrow keys to move and dodge.
Or use a game controller.


  • More overall balancing.
  • Maybe a score system overhaul.

Update v1.1

  • further balanced gameplay and difficulty (I hope so)
  • added new dynamic explosion effects
  • bosses now appear in random order for more diversity
P#114993 2022-07-30 07:23 ( Edited 2022-09-17 21:13)

This could use some explanations. On my first try, I got 2 levels of "luck", 2 levels of "melee", 1 level of "shot rate" and 2 levels of "bumblebee". I only noticed any difference at all from the last one.

Also, the time to put a message blocking an important part of the screen would be before the game begins, not during it.

P#114995 2022-07-30 08:49

@kimiyoribaka: I might add some explanations to the level up animation. It's just basic stuff, though.

P#114997 2022-07-30 09:14

An interesting concept. Nice polish too. My one issue is that it starts quite slow. It takes good minute or two of just blasting bats before anything interesting happens (bullets, new enemies, etc.) Nonetheless great job! I look forward to updates!

P#115117 2022-08-01 16:00

@MLGDuckboi: Thank you for playing Vampachi! Yes, I tried to mimic the slow start of Vampire Survivor. But I think you're right and I need to tweak it since Vampachi is an overall faster game.

P#115175 2022-08-02 22:20

do you plan to add an ending?

P#117001 2022-09-07 01:42

@Sup3rAw3som3Gam3r Right now I am focusing on balancing with a new update coming soon. I thought about adding an ending but I have to optimize the games source code a lot to fit somethig new into it 😅

P#117005 2022-09-07 05:01

alright, good to know

P#117047 2022-09-07 23:26

This is excellent. Doesn't need anything.

P#117455 2022-09-15 03:38

could you put each upgrade, and what it does in a bit more detail?
it would also be cool if you could pick from 2 choices when leveling up

P#124729 2023-01-23 16:33 ( Edited 2023-01-23 17:09)

@Sup3rAw3som3Gam3r: I already added a short explanation for each upgrade but the update is not yet ready. I need to further shrink and refine my coding to make place for new stuff, haha. Sorry 😅

P#125121 2023-02-01 15:54

no problem, it's fine

P#125133 2023-02-01 19:21

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