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Hello y'all! My name is Lobo.
This is my first attemp at making a Pico-8 game.
Some aspects are a little rough (mainly the coding and the music), but I hope you like it!

EDIT: fixed a sound effect playing on ending screen when it shouldn't :)

P#149656 2024-06-09 02:02 ( Edited 2024-06-09 03:54)


This is an amazing little game with a surprising amount of game feel once it gets going. The level design and variety of obstacles are great too! I think the title undersells the game and you might lose some players' attention right at the start.

The ending was cute and I think you could add something similar at the start to guide the player into the start of the game. Maybe you can't control the balloon at first, you press X and the balloon floats to the next screen and then gives the player control?

P#149660 2024-06-09 03:03

This was even more polished than mine! And is.

P#149662 2024-06-09 03:31

so much charm!! 🎈

i think i missed an area? i found the key in the electric level, but then it flies off-screen. i went looking for it and passed a gate w a lock on it, but then i went up/outside and the game ended?

P#149667 2024-06-09 04:15

What a charming 10mn little stroll that was ! The backtracking to find the key was also a nice touch. The level of polish is very impressive.

What I also liked about the game is the seemingly relaxed approach of the game build :
A lot of pico-8 games are all about pushing the boundaries : bigger map, more sprites, more colors, bluffing effects, optimizing code to do as much as possible per frame, pushing the sound engine, crazy token optimizations...

Your game feels comparatively stress free :

  • a simple 4x8 full screen map, with a bit a scrolling here and there when the level design calls for it to make coherent "rooms".
  • sprites used skillfully until there's no more and that's it.
  • standard pico-8 palette except for beige that's replace by a blue, I think ?

The final result feels very "pico-8y", you feel the comfy charm of the beloved console alongside the charm of your game.

P#149673 2024-06-09 06:42 ( Edited 2024-06-09 06:43)

Thanks for the feedback, everyone!
@ridgek yeah, the key goes somewhere else, you need a little backtracking to find it ;)
@RealShadowCaster Thank you so much! That's exactly what I was aiming for: to play with Pico-8's limitations instead of against them. Maybe in the future I'll poke some of the console shanenigans to push its limits, but for now, while I'm still learning, I'll stick to simpler games like this one :)

P#149679 2024-06-09 11:48

Amazing first PICO-8 game. Excellent level design, sound, music, charm, etc. The only thing I struggled with was knowing which screens I could go to.

Is this just your first PICO-8 game or first game in general?

P#149694 2024-06-09 18:16

@SVEDEN11 It's my first Pico-8 game. I've made other games before using HTML and vanilla JS, but nothing too complex, only small minigames

P#149700 2024-06-09 20:29

Great first entry and welcome to the BBS!

P#149713 2024-06-10 01:13

Crazy that this is your first PICO-8 game. It feels so nice to play and looks really terrific! Very well done.

P#149714 2024-06-10 01:24

Yeah I loved this.

As others have said this is almost a perfect cozy pico-8 game. Not to demanding, simple idea perfectly executed. echoing @RealShadowCaster comments..

P#149730 2024-06-10 05:49

Great game, so fun and charming!

The controls feel real good. Also, I am curious about how you managed the string physics, they look great.

P#149736 2024-06-10 08:36

@Elfamir : when you look at the string, it feels elastic, the length of the rope varies. If you move the balloon sideways while maintaining the balloon's altitude, the lower point of the string stays at the same altitude, that's how you can figure out the trick : the string is a sequence of small segments, the points joining the segments are moving exactly as the balloon, but with a delay that increases the further down the wire the point is. Very simple and effective, no complex rope gravity or elasticity computations needed.

P#149737 2024-06-10 09:24 ( Edited 2024-06-10 09:25)

@Elfamir It's exactly how @RealShadowCaster described! Nothing fancy going on with the string physics: I use linear interpolation (lerp) to set a few points below the balloon and draw a line between them! The lerp changes based on percentage, so it always stays a little behing the ballon's position when its moving, giving it this elasticity @RealShadowCaster mentioned

P#149743 2024-06-10 12:25

A delightful and polished game, especially the different music and hazards of each environment. Gold star.

P#149749 2024-06-10 13:08

Lovely little game, full of charm. Thoroughly enjoyed every one of the five minutes I spent with it. Agree with everyone else that this is a perfect PICO-8 game that plays to its strengths rather than fighting its limitations.

P#149796 2024-06-11 07:56

Balloon tips

How do they make an balloon game?

Tip 1:


If the balloon touches the Lever, Lever activates, for example:

Doors: Opens any doors
Electrical: Shuts down any electricity

Tip 2:


This is a balloon, If any dangerous objects hit the balloon, it will pop, for example:

Spikes: Spikes pops the balloon
Bats: Bats pops the balloon
Frogs: Frogs pops the balloon
Zap: Electric zaps & pops the balloon

Tip 3:


This is a checkpoint, The fake balloon will pop if you touch the checkpoint

Final results:


Minutes: 6
Seconds: 47

Deaths: eighteen

Unlock on the door: No

P#149809 2024-06-11 13:44 ( Edited 2024-07-14 00:07)

that's my video game... bravo monsieur

P#149812 2024-06-11 16:37

This is great!! Thank you for sharing this. I love how it starts very innocent, but soon gets more dramatic, with unlocking secret passageways and dangerous environments. This 'simple' game had me hooked! The reduced UI really helps the immersion; like how the timer only shows for a short time after dying. I didn't realize the balloons were checkpoints (I though they were extra lives) until my first death. Some of the passages felt quite challenging - but I managed to finish in around 9 minutes. The secret behind the locked door is wonderful!! Thanks again.

P#149883 2024-06-13 08:53

Wow. Nice job for a first game!

P#149951 2024-06-14 21:01

Reaallly nice game!

P#150077 2024-06-18 16:53

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