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My first attempt at coding something which resembles a video game in Pico-8 :-)

You're the driver of a semi-automatic roof repairing cart and you're undoing the damage caused by the meteorites. The roof of each house can only take so much damage before the entire house is destroyed.

Controls:
LEFT, RIGHT: Drive left and right.
UP, DOWN: Extend or retract the arm of the vehicle.
Z: Make the arm repair the roof. Make sure you're properly aligned with the roof.

Scoring:
+25 points to undo the damage caused by one meteorite strike.
Level up after 200 points scored. A randomly chosen house will grow in size upon leveling up.

Thanks for playing :)

P#20495 2016-05-12 14:23 ( Edited 2016-05-12 22:50)

Nice little game! Gets pretty challenging after a bit. I like the concept that you can't stop the attack, you can only deal with it by repairing. It's like a mini-game inside of Missile Command :) Once I get my PocketCHIP this will certainly be a great little time filler.

Few bits of food for thought...

  • Change the color of the roof. It's hard to tell the dark blue from the black night background. I had trouble seeing what I was supposed to do.

  • Meteors could be a bit bigger? I didn't really see them until they really started moving and hit. Could be a cool effect to have them start small, then get bigger as they fall.
P#20498 2016-05-12 15:50 ( Edited 2016-05-12 19:50)

And the more I play, the more I want the game to not end when I lose just one building. Maybe either have it so you lose when they're all gone, or some sort of quota per level and that quota gets lower as you progress levels.

P#20499 2016-05-12 16:13 ( Edited 2016-05-12 20:13)
:: AdamJ

Thank you for your comments! I updated the color scheme so that the roofs were more visible. I like how they blended in the skyline before but this is definitely more legible! A little preview of that:

I'll try playing with other of your input too :-)

I was thinking about introducing perks. Upon completion of the level you could chose one of N perks and it would stay with you until the end of the game: Auto-repair unit on a building, so that you don't have to take care of it; double speed; toroidal level (exit left, arrive right, and vice versa); auto-alignment to the roof level; and sturdy frame of the cart so that the arm doesn't need to retract in order to travel.

PICO-8 is fun :-))

P#20506 2016-05-12 18:50 ( Edited 2016-05-12 23:12)

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