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Cart #wolfhunter-0 | 2020-12-22 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Wolfhunter is an where you play as a hunter facing off against a werewolf, in a Pokemon-like combat sequence.

You have magic spells and single-use items at your disposal, but the wolf is very powerful. The only way to kill it is to weaken it with your attacks, then finish it off with a silver-knife (which you only have one shot at).

It is made with PICO-8, and can be played directly in your browser here.

> The motif and design of the game was based on the word "Moonshot", which was the theme of GitHub's GameOff 2020 game jam.


I set out to make a game loop that felt similar to the combat in Pokemon Red/Blue, which was the most popular title on the original Nintendo Gameboy.

The characters stand opposite each other, and take turns to fight. There's a bunch of other mechanics too, like strengths/weaknesses, status effects, and switching characters.

For Wolfhunter, I copied the scene layout, the turn based fighting, and the status effects. I didn't have a chance to implement other aspects of Pokemon — so instead I doubled down on the mechanics I did implement.

I've written up a more detailed technical post in my blog here. Source code is available on GitHub.

P#85666 2020-12-22 12:57


this is a very well thought out little game. due to the absence of growth mechanics, it feels a lot like a puzzle, but solving it by learning the proper counters has a nice rhythm to it and feels fun. good job!

P#85734 2020-12-24 13:52

Going to play this over the holidays!

BTW I saw your character on your blog post about pico8 and immediately thought about Napoléon, so I made this version:

Would it be OK to use it in a game? (can’t say when, many projects already, but will let you know when I make it)

P#85756 2020-12-25 03:15

@sol: Thanks! You're right about it being more like a puzzle than an RPG at this point.

@merwork: Ha! Cute sprite. It's your creation, so you don't have to ask me to use it, but I appreciate the thought :)

P#85921 2020-12-30 06:42

Found this and got excited when I saw that it was based on pokemon. Sadly, it doesn't work now. I hope that you can fix it, but it's ok if you don't (three years later)

P#126517 2023-03-02 16:42 ( Edited 2023-03-02 16:42)

@pixegami it's borked

P#126522 2023-03-02 20:02

This game is too interesting to abandon, @pixegami. Here now it is fixed.

Cart #wolfhunter_mod-0 | 2023-03-02 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

P#126524 2023-03-02 21:24

this is an awesome little game and addicting to me for some reason.

it's possible to kill the werewolf with the crossbow if it has 1 HP, not sure if this was intentional.

P#127366 2023-03-20 15:44

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