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Cart #27211 | 2016-08-22 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Hey everyone!
I just finished my little pokemon-esque jrpg: pico monsters.

In this game there are markers called 'picostops' scattered throughout the map which drop
random items whenever you have defeated a few wild monsters. 'Picostops' also replenish and revive all the monsters in your party. Catch new monsters with picoballs. Due to the save restrictions of pico8 the
team size in this is only 4. Every wild monsters can have up to 4 different moves it's recommended to catch and compare to build your best team. There is also a very small story about professor corks whereabouts...

Let me know if you run into any issues. Thanks for checking it out :)

arrow keys: move around
x: open menu to view monsters, items and save
z: interact with people and things

Each monster is associated with an element and some elements have advantages over others.
Advantage of elements:
Earth: none
Air: Water
Water: Fire
Fire: Earth, Air

fade to black effect innomin https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=2467
zspr(n,w,h,dx,dy,dz) from http://pico-8.wikia.com/wiki/draw_zoomed_sprite_(zspr)
everthing else by me :)

Version 1.1: Added reset game, fixed some bugs

P#26810 2016-08-12 16:31 ( Edited 2018-08-04 14:48)

Awesome Game XD Pico monsters And Btw why Didnt You Put Picomon Or Did someone use that name AnyWay Awesome Game You Used Pico-8 Great with It AWESOME STUFF

P#26811 2016-08-12 16:54 ( Edited 2016-08-12 20:54)

Very nice headchant. Awesome to see you experimenting with pico8!

P#26817 2016-08-12 19:03 ( Edited 2016-08-12 23:03)

man i am going to have to sit down and put some time into this, but after a couple minutes already this is amazing

P#26818 2016-08-12 19:06 ( Edited 2016-08-12 23:06)

This is really really impressive.

P#26823 2016-08-12 21:46 ( Edited 2016-08-13 01:46)

I'm not sure if I'm seeing this right, but I think when you miss an attack it just skips the enemies turn. Other than that this game is really fun! I like the pokestops and the world is cool.

P#26828 2016-08-13 00:31 ( Edited 2016-08-13 04:31)

Looks like there are some issues with dropping items and releasing Pico-mon. In the case of items it's okay because items just drop the first of the type of item you select, making organizing your backpack impossible but that's not much of a hassle. But in the case of Pico-mon, whenever I press the release button on ANY mon, it specifically goes out of its way to release this other high-level one that I want to keep. :( blarf.

P#26841 2016-08-13 09:38 ( Edited 2016-08-13 13:38)

Thank you everyone for playing!

@JTE: I did update with a quick-fix for the monster release issue. Maybe sorting the inventory automatically by type would help with the item drop issue?

@Sadministrator: Ooops, yeah that's a bug. Will be fixed in the next version.

P#26846 2016-08-13 10:40 ( Edited 2016-08-13 14:40)

Yeah, sorting the inventory by type would make the item drop issue appear to magically vanish. Still gonna blame zep for coming up with an awfully wacky implementation for del(), though.

P#26847 2016-08-13 11:41 ( Edited 2016-08-13 15:41)

Is there anyway of deleting the save data and starting a new game?

P#26900 2016-08-14 11:12 ( Edited 2016-08-14 15:12)

It's cool to see a nice turn-based rpg in pico-8! I think leveling up would be a bit more compelling if the monsters learned new moves, because as it is now, leveling up just makes everything else in the world stronger along with your monster. I tended to upgrade my party instead of leveling them :)

Just a heads-up, I got a runtime error when re-entering the cave with the stairs past the boulders:

runtime error
  camx = p.inside.x*8
line 1899: attempt to index field 'inside' (a number value)
in _draw line 1899
P#26901 2016-08-14 11:56 ( Edited 2016-08-14 15:56)

@Sibwara: Thank you for playing and the suggestions! Yeah, probably a good idea to implement unlockable moves for monsters. Will think about it.
Newest version should have the cave stairs error fixed.

P#26903 2016-08-14 12:12 ( Edited 2016-08-14 16:12)

This looks great! I was gonna do a Pokemon battle simulator in PICO-8, I didn't think a full Pokemon-esque game would be possible, but here it is. Nice job.

P#26905 2016-08-14 12:42 ( Edited 2016-08-14 16:42)

This is really great! I had a great time playing it!

So far this is as far as I've gotten in the game:

  1. take swooty
  2. talk to cork's assistant to get garden key
  3. open gate and get apple
  4. Give apple to hungry guy, get swimtrunks
  5. Swim to middle of lake to talk to oak, who gives you hammer
  6. Go to cave (get candy if you want) and head west until you go outside
  7. bugs bugs bugs?

I'm guessing this is as far as you've gotten? Code doesn't seem to have anything else.

P#26926 2016-08-15 00:38 ( Edited 2016-08-15 04:38)

I'd expect Earth > Fire and Water > Earth. And then Air > Water, and Fire > Air. I'll have to give this a go and see how it plays out, it looks pretty legit!

P#26944 2016-08-15 09:10 ( Edited 2016-08-15 13:10)

@josefnpat: Whoops. Fixed it, don't know what caused that. But you basically completed the storyline.

@TonyTheTGR: Had to change up the elemental advantages a bit to have some kind of balance in the game.

P#26947 2016-08-15 09:53 ( Edited 2016-08-15 13:53)

ooooh shit it's headchant

nice stuff man!

P#26960 2016-08-15 16:56 ( Edited 2016-08-15 20:56)

This game is awesome, really catchy, I've played it for a while, it's very entertaining!

P#27023 2016-08-17 11:36 ( Edited 2016-08-17 15:36)

:D been waiting for this one. Worth the wait.

P#27093 2016-08-19 19:09 ( Edited 2016-08-19 23:09)

Wind element uses the water icon, and water uses no icon... Did something get mixed up here?

P#27175 2016-08-21 17:59 ( Edited 2016-08-21 21:59)

JTE: Good catch. Had air in there twice...should work now.

P#27212 2016-08-22 09:59 ( Edited 2016-08-22 13:59)

Back to my childhood, superb Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow clone!

P#27314 2016-08-24 19:55 ( Edited 2016-08-24 23:55)

Awesome game!
Couple notes:

When a monster has more than 2 attacks it spills over the frame.. would expect them to be more to the right after the first 2

Don't get what was really unlocked with the hammer, there doesn't seem to be anything of interest in there, am I missing something?

How do you win? Did I win or am I stuck? Maybe if there was a cliff leaving your house, you could end the game when you get home, or maybe have cork count how many monsters you've caught, and endgame when you've turned them all into cork?

Not trying to be critical, this is probably the best game I've played on pico8.


P#28028 2016-09-04 21:31 ( Edited 2016-09-05 01:31)

@Gzuh: Great ideas! I should really implement a better ending. But I also hit the token count, so might need to minify first.

P#28142 2016-09-07 09:16 ( Edited 2016-09-07 13:16)

Played this to the point where the guy says now you can explore the cave. Hammering down the walls didn't reveal anything. Minju, this might've been an earlier version as someone else apparently reached the ending.

Overall, an incredible and PICO contender to the considerably more complex, Pokemon.

Here is Pokemon Blue running in B&W (w color enhance) at 1mb. This is the one that started it all in the U.S. ! :)


P#28153 2016-09-07 11:46 ( Edited 2016-09-07 15:46)

It's super effective!

P#40793 2017-05-20 10:17 ( Edited 2017-05-20 14:17)

Great job with the music for different locations too! Neat little detail there.

P#54679 2018-08-04 10:48 ( Edited 2018-08-04 14:48)

"We abolished capitalism for a Picostop-based economy"

lmao I love this cart!

P#66323 2019-08-02 17:51

I know you haven't updated this in a while, but how possible would it be to add the functionality of naming the pico monsters you catch?

P#66324 2019-08-02 17:57

Great game! Really pushes what you can do with pico-8. 1 thing. How do I move the rocks?

P#67429 2019-09-09 15:20

Awesome game!
Loved "Tinkerelle" lol.

Just a little note: The random encounters are waaaay too often imho. Please reduce them a little in your next update. :)

I'm looking forward to create a Dragon Quest/Warrior Monsters inspired game when I get the time to look a little into PICO-8 developing.

P#98991 2021-10-21 13:16

pokemon? A W E S O M E

P#105020 2022-01-13 18:28

@hcnt some ideas I had for endings:

  1. deliver mail to the professor (goes back home or something idk)
  2. at the end of the cave past the rocks, there could be a gym with either one guy with every picomon lv. 5-10? OR 4 guys with each type of picomon.
P#135043 2023-09-28 15:31

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