Robbo is a classic arcade game released for the Atari XL/XE computers in 1989 by the Polish studio LK Avalon. The game was designed by Janusz Pelc, and the gameplay is focused on solving puzzles and using logic to find the best path through each level. The game was praised for their unique and appealing design, and remains a beloved classic that has been ported to many other systems over the years. I believe that every platform deserves a port of this game, and a few weeks ago I realized that there is no port for the Pico-8.
I ported the full original version of the game, consisting of all 56 levels. I tried to keep the resemblance to the original version as close as possible. This was quite difficult with the lower resolution, different pixel proportions and square screen, but my advantage was the higher number of colors - 16. I also added some title music, there was none in the original version. It took me a few weeks, and I'm quite pleased with the result.
The game can be difficult for casual players, especially at higher levels. You can activate cheat mode in the pico menu. In cheat mode you can use special keys to make the game easier:
A - gives you ammunition
L - gives you a life
S - gives you a bolt
K - gives you a key
, i . - switches levels up and down
I hope you enjoy the game and maybe some of you will still remember it.
This game port was released on Forever 2023 8-bit demoparty, in Wild Compo.
Thanks for the kind words.
Yes the game is similar to Boulder Dash in places, although I would compare it more to action-adventure sokoban :)
On youtube you can find a complete walktrough of the Atari version, the levels are identical, so it will also apply here. Plus you can compare the two versions for yourself: Robbo walkthrough
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