Arrows to move the cursor
Press Z on a unit to select it, then move the cursor to pick a path
X to cancel actions.
Unsettled with the crown, a small group sets off to take the castle by force and defend the throne as their own. Their success will depend on their tactics on the battlefield, and the cunning by which they select their allies.
This is that game your uncle got you for your birthday after picking the one with the coolest looking box, but was too hard and unbalanced for your 8-year old self to beat.
Glad I'm getting to release this before I start work :D Lots of stuff I'm not happy with in this, and lots of stuff that I am happy with. It's a bit rough around the edges, a little too difficult for some runs and (maybe) a little too easy for others. There are definitely some bugs, especially with the enemy AI (but they're not getting fixed - currently sitting at 8192/8192 tokens :P) It's sort of a very simplified tactics-roguelike. It's designed such that you aren't really supposed to win on the first time (or second, or third) thanks to permadeath. You're supposed to play through a couple times and get a feel for how all the units work, what situations they're good in, how many hits from other units they can take, etc. In a perfect world I think I'd have around 4-5 more units in there, but alas, no room.
I think this won't be my last foray into this genre, though. I was a bit out of my comfort zone on this, and I learned a lot about what makes this kind of game fun. I think I'll be able to make something much more interesting the next time around.
This reminds me of Fire Emblem by Nintendo. Really love this genre and glad to see someone finally made a game like this on the Pico-8 Console. (If there was a previous game like this, I haven't seen it yet).
Will say it was a little difficult for me to tell which units were mine (at first), but then later realized That mine were facing right, and enemies left.
Also I would like to say it is a bit hard to judge proper movements, as for games like Fire Emblem, they always gave you every bit of information possible (Exact HP, Exact Atk Strength, Which Units are good against others, etc.) So this was a little tough for me.
Overall happy that it was possible to make. Would like more, but sadly that limit has you stuck.
omg i love this one, you defenetly have to block the ai's movement to win most of the time
i lost track wat level i was on (4th or 5th i think) but man befor you know it my last orc had a name a story, and on the battle field he went out with a bang (getting surrounded by 3 enemy orcs) the granader was prety fun and unexpected.
i like the random nature of the game to bad there isnt enugh memory, i would realy like to see more
I've got token count down to 8141. Not sure if I've broke something, but it should work judging by my short tests.
Hint: Take notice how I call there parameterless functions.
Overall, token count could be even more reduced, but this would require total rewrite.
It isn't a good idea to even try doing OOP on such limited system, you should make it so it is more structural without fancy objects, this will reduce token count even further.
Also, epilepsy warning on the title screen.
This was fun! Managed to finish my last game with no units lost.
Okay, we've got goblin, orc, tank, archer, grenadier, healer as playable units. The enemy has goblins, orcs, and two others, right? I think the black ones are spiders...what are the slow, tough, hard-hitting grey-and-red guys meant to be? Knights, perhaps?
Agree with the other guy that grenadiers are very powerful! Even if the enemy doesn't group up, their range and blast radius means it's easier for them to get a target than the archers. Two grenadiers means two free hits every turn, almost guaranteed. I like them :)
Finding this many years later-- thanks for making and sharing it. I'd just finished playing one of the Fire Emblem GBA games so was in the mood for some "team tactics" combat, something I haven't seen much in PICO8. Also, I love the design of the curvy movement path arrow, I'll have to take a look at how much code that took.
I only made it to the 4th level on my first play, I'll try more in the coming days...
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