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Climb the tower of archeos and kill the evil sorcerer

  • Attack group of same kind of monsters
  • monsters will retaliate but group size dont affect final damage, so try to destroy large groups first.
  • when your xp need reach 0 you gain a new heart and refill your life + items
  • Blocked door and chests can be opened by killing monsters next to it
  • Open a door to climb one floor
  • Reach the 9th floor to fight Archeos

Controls :

  • z attack a monster / open doors / grab items
  • x enter/leave inventory

2020 patch change list :

  • new difficulty setting
  • better tooltips
  • When you click a group with partial armor you now kill all non-armored creatures
  • goblins : now deal 1 damage for each daggers. dagger doesn't shield anymore.
  • giants : now only protect nearby allies instead of the whole group
  • slimes : glue replaced with a clone ability
  • armor : now work only on >=5 groups

    new monsters

    new items

Steam version :

If you like the game, please check the enhanced version on itch.io or steam.

P#10388 2015-04-30 16:36 ( Edited 2020-07-05 22:43)

I really like this game, it combine a very good strategy game with a touch of RPG. Its really cool.

P#10394 2015-04-30 23:59 ( Edited 2015-05-01 03:59)

Very nice. I found it pretty difficult and I'm not quite sure I understand what all of the differences between the monsters effects are, but I think it is brilliant.

The diagonal dissolve is cool. Also, I noticed what looks like a table of monsters stats in the tile map. That is a clever way to store data in limited memory.

P#10395 2015-05-01 00:40 ( Edited 2015-05-01 04:40)

Wow, lots of cool things to learn from here.

Benjamin, would you mind pointing me to the line number where you implemented the red screen wipe?

P#10401 2015-05-01 13:45 ( Edited 2015-05-01 17:45)

Also, I think this earns the distinction of being the first PICO-8 game that is compelling due to it's own design, and not simply because it exists on a fantasy console.

P#10403 2015-05-01 14:29 ( Edited 2015-05-01 18:29)

adamrobo > I use the variable 'fs'. if not nil I just fill the screen with fs color after the cls() in _draw function

P#10431 2015-05-03 06:38 ( Edited 2015-05-03 10:38)

This game is genuinely clever. It has an amazing amount of depth, and I'm pretty sure I haven't seen all the monsters and items yet.
Once I started understanding the mechanics, I really started enjoying it--deciding between different groups of monsters, working out how much XP each monster would give me.
The armor items are very powerful, by the way--surprisingly so. Probably because the attack items don't give experience for monsters defeated with them, so you can't just use the fire wand on a bunch of particularly tough monsters and get their experience points.

P#10520 2015-05-06 22:58 ( Edited 2015-05-07 02:58)

The game seems to have a syntax error :( See screenshot

P#10677 2015-05-15 06:28 ( Edited 2015-05-15 10:29)

ok, fixed

P#10688 2015-05-15 15:46 ( Edited 2015-05-15 19:46)

after finding Archeos, I hit him once and then he's gone. I cleared the board but nothing happens...

P#10723 2015-05-16 18:47 ( Edited 2015-05-16 22:47)

I have the same problem than kozie :(

P#10724 2015-05-16 19:28 ( Edited 2015-05-16 23:28)

@mx.Bug: You do not hit Archeos directly, you kill the monsters around him (think of him like a door or chest). If you kill him the game will become unwinnable and you will have to reload. Be careful with the glue guys, they WILL force you to have to kill him if your cursor gets glued to him.

P#10732 2015-05-17 03:02 ( Edited 2015-05-17 07:02)

i'm not sure I like that !! but fair enough

P#10789 2015-05-19 19:52 ( Edited 2015-05-19 23:52)

Totally just /smoked/ Archeos. You are my game dev idol, Benjamin. Incredible!

P#14260 2015-09-16 16:30 ( Edited 2015-09-16 20:30)

Whoa! I'm so impressed by what is being done with this tool. I'm all over this.

P#14283 2015-09-16 23:35 ( Edited 2015-09-17 03:35)

Double level ups are hella satisfying

P#14297 2015-09-17 15:31 ( Edited 2015-09-17 19:31)

EDIT EDIT: I have now recreated a bug where sometimes you level up after using up your HP and you get Game Over, even though your health refilled. It only happened when I had the ring of +1 XP per fight.

P#14302 2015-09-17 23:38 ( Edited 2015-09-18 05:42)


This game is freaking addicting. I want a PICO-8 emulator for my iPhone so I can play it wherever.

P#14303 2015-09-18 00:22 ( Edited 2015-09-18 04:29)

So, another apparent bug... I got to the final boss, I clicked him because I had clicked a "glue" enemy underneath him and I had to click him, and he disappeared. I couldn't damage him, and I kept clearing the monsters and refilling my health until there weren't enough monsters to continue. Once I finally drained my health, the game got stuck on the flashing empty hearts and didn't go to "GAME OVER".

ANOTHER EDIT: So according to the comments if you click the boss he runs away and you're stuck with an unbeatable level. If clicking him ends the game, he should be un-clickable. It's not a fun thing to discover, that if you try to click the boss you're screwed and you have to try again.

P#14304 2015-09-18 00:25 ( Edited 2015-09-18 05:44)


It took a while but I beat it. Pretty darn satisfying I gotta say.

I don't think I beat a single level with those PROTECT monsters, though. They're probably OP. I'd love to know what other players think about it.

P#14508 2015-09-22 20:09 ( Edited 2015-09-23 00:09)

I don't know if I'm not getting the rules or there is a bug in the game. The cursor highlights different kinds of monsters and are all seemingly unrelated to what I'm pointint at. And now the screen is completely empty of monsters and there is nothing to do. I can still move the cursor around and at some positions it seems to find targets, calculates my resulting life etc but at the top right corner it shows X 0 (as in there are no monsters of that type in the field).

P#15017 2015-10-05 22:38 ( Edited 2015-10-06 02:38)

oh yeah something has majorly screwed up since last time I played this.

P#15053 2015-10-06 15:32 ( Edited 2015-10-06 19:33)

I had the same problem as Diego.

P#17613 2015-12-09 00:06 ( Edited 2015-12-09 05:06)

Yeah I think the game is broken. I will have a look and try to fix it

P#17623 2015-12-09 07:51 ( Edited 2015-12-09 12:51)

(Benjamin -- send an email just now about this)

This is my bad -- the web player was supposed to inject the legacy api implementation for TOA because newer versions of del() and add() behave differently; they both assume packed arrays (i.e. no nil gaps).

here's a version with the older api pasted at the start of the code:

EDIT: removed, as the head post's version is fixed.

P#17625 2015-12-09 08:20 ( Edited 2015-12-30 19:23)

Very cool level!

P#17628 2015-12-09 10:57 ( Edited 2015-12-09 15:57)

Thanks for fixing this! I really like the way you've stacked the ideas from several different games together. It took me a little while to dial in, but once I did I really had fun. Haven't won it...yet!

P#17989 2015-12-21 22:59 ( Edited 2015-12-22 03:59)

Finally defeated the Archon! This is a fabulous game, thanks so much for making it!

P#18062 2015-12-26 21:39 ( Edited 2015-12-27 02:39)

this game is so gooood

P#18094 2015-12-29 15:40 ( Edited 2015-12-29 20:40)

What does the chest, which says "-1 on upper level" do? I haven't been able to figure out what "upper level" means.

P#18320 2016-01-15 15:33 ( Edited 2016-01-15 20:33)

i used "burn a 3x3 area" on archeos... and he just disappeared haha
didn't click him directly. guess fire makes him run away too?

awesome game :)

P#18695 2016-02-07 08:55 ( Edited 2016-02-07 13:55)

Yeah I have a lot of bugs on archeos himself... I should spend time someday to debug the pico8 version but since I prefer collect unfinished/bugged projects, I'm currently working on a bigger haxe version of this game :D

P#18732 2016-02-08 17:27 ( Edited 2016-02-08 22:27)

OH DANG that remake is looking good, I'm definitely interested. I still replay the PICO-8 version sometimes, so a sequel sounds awesome.

P#19279 2016-03-17 21:33 ( Edited 2016-03-18 01:33)

I just uploaded a new cart with multiple bugfixes concerning archeos fight :

  • can't select archeos to kill him anymore.
  • can't use rod of ice/fire on archeos.
  • arrow now inflict damage on archeos rather than kill him.

Archeos was a very weak boss before this patch :)

P#19486 2016-03-30 08:17 ( Edited 2016-03-30 12:17)

Cool the graphics remind me of the original gauntlet arcade - very stylish, well done!

P#19487 2016-03-30 08:55 ( Edited 2016-03-30 12:55)

The more I play this, the more I realize how much my wins are influenced by whether or not I get lucky items early on. Helmet+chestplate=OP

P#19537 2016-04-01 19:09 ( Edited 2016-04-01 23:09)

Hello ! If you like the game, I posted a new beta version of tower of archeos on itch.io : https://benjamin-soul.itch.io/tower-of-archeos

I need your help for tests ! ^^

P#20191 2016-05-05 11:31 ( Edited 2016-05-05 15:31)

Great job! :D This version plays wonderfully, has great art extensions, and some much needed features imo. =ω= I'll post any bugs I happen upon, but your work is usually pretty solid!

Edit: Hmm.
The Demon monster says "Burn nearby monsters when die alone", but neither killing one while a connected one is blocked by an Ogre, nor shooting it with the bow triggers that effect. :(

P#20219 2016-05-06 07:33 ( Edited 2016-05-06 12:17)

Aww man, I got myself into a situation where I carried over some chests from a previous floor, opened both the chests and no more keys existed to open the door...

The only reason I'm not permanently stuck here because of that fairy, is because I can use my Hammer to avoid triggering its ability and the Floor Clear Bonus gives me an extra key.

P#22173 2016-06-03 06:32 ( Edited 2016-06-03 10:54)

How do you like working with Haxe? Is it a big learning curve? I'm looking into potential game engines.

P#26496 2016-08-04 20:39 ( Edited 2016-08-05 00:39)

Probably one of the better games I've seen come from here
Great job!

P#26498 2016-08-04 21:18 ( Edited 2016-08-05 01:18)

Tower of Archeos was launched yesterday on Steam : http://store.steampowered.com/app/499370

I want to thanks the pico8 community and also zep.
Pico8 is a wonderful tool for prototyping games.

Here's some keys for you guys :


P#28192 2016-09-08 08:25 ( Edited 2016-09-08 12:25)

Wow, thanks so much! :D

P#28194 2016-09-08 09:33 ( Edited 2016-09-08 13:33)

grabbed the 6th one, thanks! saw zep rt your release just before then and happened to wander back here first

ive already blasted it out to a few people i think will enjoy it, hope the launch goes well

P#28195 2016-09-08 09:45 ( Edited 2016-09-08 13:45)

This is a really interesting game! Though I'm stuck on the 4th floor...

P#28199 2016-09-08 11:24 ( Edited 2016-09-08 15:24)

Any plans for a Mac release? I love the Pico-8 version, and was excited to see that you went ahead to make a full edition. :)

P#28207 2016-09-08 14:46 ( Edited 2016-09-08 18:46)

I plan to release on mac too.
Infact a mac release is already available on itch.io but the version is only 0.96

The reason is I dont have a fulltime access to a mac computer.

P#28215 2016-09-08 20:41 ( Edited 2016-09-09 00:41)

i was up way too late last night with the steam version. its a four coffee morning because of you lol

managed to hit floor 8 on difficulty 0 tho. progress!

P#28226 2016-09-09 10:10 ( Edited 2016-09-09 14:10)

I bought it on itch.io when I could, randomly saw it had a Steam key just now. Congrats!

P#28860 2016-09-20 06:09 ( Edited 2016-09-20 10:09)

Aww darn, all the codes have been claimed. This is definitely one of my fav pico-8 games.

P#28863 2016-09-20 09:05 ( Edited 2016-09-20 13:05)

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