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Cart #marsdefender-8 | 2023-05-24 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

After a week of programming I'm happy to release Mars Defender.

It's my first game for PICO 8.

5 waves of attack will keep you occupied for about 10-15 minutes.

Your mission: Destroy all the aliens and save your men.

Keyboard controls:

Start game with x

Navigate ship with cursor keys.

x = fire
z = Go to intro page after game over.

Or use our favorite controller.


P#107921 2022-03-02 10:24 ( Edited 2023-05-24 05:02)

The effects when shooting were super satisfying, I liked how the particles lingered as a reminder of the destruction. The little parachutes that the soldiers get was also a great touch. I would say the really fast acceleration on the spaceship was a little awkward, I did get used to it after a bit though. Also maybe if you made the black bit below the planet the same colour as the planet?
Fun game, nice job!

P#107998 2022-03-03 23:23

@TrueCube4134 thanks for writing I really appreciate it as I put alot of work into polishing game mechanics and making this "a full game", albeit a short game.

You're right about both issues, for the controls @dw817 hinted at faster maneuvers in the original defender games, but it does take getting used to in this game with gravity and what not. I found while gametesting control became second nature so I had to keep increasing speed until it felt comfortable and this makes the experience more enjoyable in the long run, especially with a game controller (I use an 8BitDo) myself but keyboard also works well with this speed.

P#108015 2022-03-04 06:26 ( Edited 2022-03-04 11:32)

interesting take on defender genre, but I also think the ship accelation is too much.

Even the original defender wasn't this fast. very often i felt my ship is slow af compared to crazy mutants or baiters.

P#130086 2023-05-24 00:20 ( Edited 2023-05-24 00:21)


Yes, you're right. I have now set it back to something close to the initial speed, it was set way too fast and I uploaded a new version. Thanks for the feedback!

P#130091 2023-05-24 04:28 ( Edited 2023-05-24 04:55)

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