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Cart #downward-6 | 2023-05-04 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA


Answer the Call of the Abyss!

What's at the bottom of the pit? Could be anything! Could be everything! I have to find out!

How to Fall

Press โŽ or ๐Ÿ…พ๏ธ (x or c on keyboard) to jump into the pit.
Use left and right arrow keys or d-pad to drift during free fall.
Press โŽ or ๐Ÿ…พ๏ธ to fire downward, launching yourself up!

Press the right button in the main menu to see the credits.
Press the left button in the main menu to access the hat shop.

Use the up and down buttons to navigate the shop.
Hold โŽ or ๐Ÿ…พ๏ธ in the shop to buy a hat.
Press โŽ or ๐Ÿ…พ๏ธ to equip a hat you already own.

The Pit!

How Not to Get Hurt

Do not run into blocks of dirt.
Do not run into the insectoid inhabitants of the Pit.
Do not let the green bugs spit acid on you.
Do not let the red bugs explode near you.
Shoot dirt blocks and insects to destroy them.
Stone blocks cannot be destroyed.
Hug the sides of the pit to fall slower.

The Pit!


All art, sounds, and code were created by Glenn Cagle.
Feel free to use any of these assets in your own work.
If you do, please credit me and let me know so I can check it out!

The Pit!


Version 0 - Initial Release

Cart #downward-0 | 2022-11-04 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Version 1

  • enemy projectiles now obey physics
  • added coins
  • increased maximum rate of fire
  • added button prompts where appropriate
  • added hats

Cart #downward-1 | 2022-11-08 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Version 2

  • fixed money resetting glitch
  • removed button prompts for unimplemented features
  • included "stashed" and "grabbed" labels in the run summary
  • added a few hats
  • changed coin sound and particles slightly
  • added credits screen

Cart #downward-2 | 2022-11-09 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Version 3 - Mistaken Upload

  • mistakenly uploaded a previous version (face palm)

Version 4

  • tweaked coin spawning to prevent memory leak
  • added hat shop
  • added a lot of hats

Cart #downward-4 | 2022-12-23 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Version 5

  • tweaked block spawning
  • added red bugs

Cart #downward-5 | 2023-04-27 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Version 6

  • added unbreakable blocks
  • deeper areas are now not quite as crowded
  • your hat now flies off when you die
  • added explosion sound for red bug
  • added shop transition animation

The Pit!

Thanks for playing!

P#120106 2022-11-04 05:20 ( Edited 2023-05-04 04:06)

The pit!

P#120112 2022-11-04 14:02

First thing I noticed, @MisterWizard01, is that you should be able to float a little up and down as well instead of just left and right.

I had one green shot come straight at me from the side and no way to dodge unless I went up or down.

P#120121 2022-11-04 16:15

Fantastic game. Super fun!
@dw817 - just fire to get an upwards boost :-)

P#120126 2022-11-04 18:01

@dw817 - @aced 's solution is the intended one. However, I was considering a downward/sideways dash ability...

Thank you both for playing! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

P#120129 2022-11-04 18:47

Hi @MisterWizard01.

Ah, indeed. Yet after 631m I am not seeing the game get any more difficult. Nonetheless. An original and interesting premise to the old falling down the pit game.

Gold star work, clearly. :)

P#120135 2022-11-05 00:06

Neat! I like how vague and simple it is, but it still manages to have a cool concept.

P#120137 2022-11-05 00:33

I loved it, with a few more features it'd be amazing.

P#120235 2022-11-06 23:33

I love it. Just mak it harder and some more enemies

P#121328 2022-11-24 16:24

@dw817 I'm finding it gets significantly more difficult around 950.

P#122934 2022-12-24 15:37

love the downwell vibe

P#128521 2023-04-14 01:46

so cute, i really love the recoil movement. adorable sprite.

P#128594 2023-04-15 19:47

really fun hat collector! needs more enemies thou

P#128607 2023-04-16 01:40

Excellent time waster. I keep coming back. Just got to 1281 feet!

P#128966 2023-04-24 19:01

It's awesome. I jumped 5 times before I realized I could shoot. I probably should have read the instructions. Then I found myself building skills. Very cool mechanic.

P#128988 2023-04-25 03:10

It's good up to 1000m, then the rocks start to get out of hand and you're soon more drilling than falling. Still a good game though.

edit: actually the rocks are probably fine. I just chose to shoot everything because it was easier than dodging, but it also made the game play further down more boring. I suggest adding some limit to bullets to reduce the "play it safe" play style (like a six-shot revolver, where you have to freefall to reload).

P#129386 2023-05-04 18:21 ( Edited 2023-05-05 16:41)

How many hats are there?!??!!! Glorious awesome hats!

P#137134 2023-11-09 00:53
P#137232 2023-11-10 15:04

The pit!

P#137445 2023-11-14 20:26

Love this! Great artwork. Took me a few falls before I figured out the controls. Guess I could've tried like pushing buttons instead of just using the direction keys. Haha. Great game.
I've only made it too 788, but was a little sad to find the hats don't effect gameplay. That would be a nutso addition I would imagine. Game as-is is feels fun and fluid. Looking forward to more dives.

P#137976 2023-11-28 17:25
P#140069 2024-01-13 12:05

I locked in

P#141222 2024-02-06 18:24 ( Edited 2024-02-06 18:25)

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