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! Shuriken Toss v1.2 !


  • Edited the Title screen slightly
  • Added a menu system to the Title screen
  • Added a 'Giant Shuriken' power-up
  • Kunais now add to your score when they destroy a bamboo
  • Some new sounds
  • Bug fixes and improvements

The garden has become overrun by bamboo shoots! Destroy as many as you can before the time runs out.


  • Z to use power-ups
  • Directional pad/Arrow Keys to move

Cart #32183 | 2016-11-03 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

! Shuriken Toss v1.1 !

I've added general improvements and bug fixes in this update.


  • Controls are now shown on the transition screen at the start
  • Revamped the scoring system to be more intuitive and make more sense
    • You now score 1 point for destroying a bamboo shoot
    • You have 30 seconds to destroy as many as you can
  • Changed collisions with bamboo shoots and power-ups to be more fair
  • Added a game count on the end screen so you know how many games you've played
  • Changed the kunai ability (knife throw ability) to now always throw one kunai in each of the four directions making it a lot more reliable and useful
  • Optimised some bits of code

Known Bugs:

  • When a kunai destroys a bamboo you don't get the point for it - Fix for this coming very soon!
  • Some graphical issues with bamboo shoots appearing on top of each other

Cart #31939 | 2016-10-28 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

P#31802 2016-10-26 05:37 ( Edited 2016-11-07 14:24)

Great little game and lovely art!

My highscore after 4 tries^^

Maybe you can add some different objects to destroy(take more hits, or needs the power up to destroy them) but they give you more points to shake up the gameplay a little. Also an idea is some more power ups that you can master, so that you can become better on the game without relying on RNG!

P#31842 2016-10-26 16:14 ( Edited 2016-10-26 20:14)

Thanks for the suggestions and support! I think I will add some more power-ups to the game and maybe red bamboo that give you 5 points or something.

I may also change it / add a different game-mode where you have to score as many points as possible within 50 seconds.

P#31848 2016-10-26 17:17 ( Edited 2016-10-26 21:17)

Took me a while to figure out the goal. Would it make more sense to count down from 50 rather than up? Or maybe Ui should say n/50 to let you know you are trying to get to 50. Also a button hint to throw knives might help.

P#31854 2016-10-26 17:43 ( Edited 2016-10-26 21:43)

High score is 20 seconds! I like the feeling of weight in the controls and the graphics are very clean. It feels like you have to be awfully close to the bamboo shoots in order to hit them, though. I know you have to hit the base, but even then it still seemed like I hit it but would either pass through or maybe I just wasn't quite close enough. I probably need to get more used to it, unless there's a collision detection bug.

How does the powerup work? One time I fired it and it looked like it only fired two kunai, but other times it fires 4, and it also seems like there's a chain reaction effect, too?

Lastly, I wonder if you can throw in fractions of a second. It can be annoying to get 20 seconds twice in a row and not know how close you were to beating your record. Maybe it at least could show the tens place, e.g. "20.8 seconds"?

Overall it feels fantastic and was fun to play, and all of my suggestions weren't any kind of deal-breaker!

EDIT: By the way, that intro sequence? Awesome.

P#31873 2016-10-26 22:07 ( Edited 2016-10-27 02:08)

Thanks for all the feedback everyone, keep it coming!

Yes I totally see where you're coming from, it was kind of a last minute thing before release to have it count to 50 but I'll hopefully be changing the scoring system in the next update as well as adding a menu with controls/instructions :)

About the collisions, I also noticed that they can feel a bit cheap at points and make you go "Aw come on, I should've hit that!" so I'll fiddle around with the collision boxes and make them a bit bigger perhaps. At the moment, it destroys the bamboo shoots or collects the power-ups when the centre of the shuriken sprite enters the collision box for the objects.

I'll admit that the power-up is a little bit 'buggy' at the moment. What's happening is when the player has the power-up and presses the z key, it creates 4 kunai objects. When a kunai object is created it picks a random direction (up, down, left or right) to move in so there's a chance that all 4 kunai created have the same direction :/ . I can change this to fire one kunai in each direction, but that'll have to be in a future update.

When a kunai hits a bamboo shoot it destroys the bamboo shoot and then creates a new kunai that can then fly off and destroy another one.

P#31911 2016-10-27 16:32 ( Edited 2016-10-27 20:32)

This is a lot of fun! My best is 21 right now...chasing that 18 though!

I second most of the comments already mentioned. Count down rather than up and double checking all the collisions. I seemed to feel like collision to get the K bonus was wishy washy.

And everything you said about the bonus shots too...just having them go in all 4 directions I think would be a fair bonus.

I could see future "modes" or whatever where there is an obstacle on the board, so different level layouts...and maybe even special bamboo that are different colors but get you extra points or time or something.

Great idea and lots of fun plus room to expand. Well done.

P#31921 2016-10-27 19:47 ( Edited 2016-10-27 23:47)

The 1.1 update is exactly what was needed, way to go! Just feels better all around now given the revamped scoring and timer. I'm now more motivated to keep playing to try and beat my own high score.

Keep it up...don't discount small "features" that you can add like alternate color palettes and such. Make them unlockable achievements so people have more things to chase.

P#31975 2016-10-28 20:24 ( Edited 2016-10-29 00:24)

Thanks for the motivation, I'll carry on working on this game for sure!

P#31996 2016-10-29 04:22 ( Edited 2016-10-29 08:22)

Cool little game. Could we get some kind of recognizable-yet-chaotic-yet-exploitable pattern on the bamboo spawns? Having it just be noise doesn't allow any anticipation of "oh, I can set up this cool combo here".

Edit: my best is 89

P#32042 2016-10-29 19:25 ( Edited 2016-10-29 23:28)

Yes I see what you mean triplefox, that would be a cool feature to have so I'll look into it!

P#32072 2016-10-30 05:57 ( Edited 2016-10-30 09:57)

Nice addition with the giant star! Still lots of fun...my high is 118 so far.

Had another thought, for what it's worth...have a checkpoint mode or whatever that has "stages" with required numbers to reach (counting up) that keeps you going like Pole Position or Rad Racer. You have X seconds to get Y number of bamboo.

P#32251 2016-11-05 16:39 ( Edited 2016-11-05 20:39)

What would be the point in trying to get to the next checkpoint then? would the number of checkpoints be your score at the end or something?

P#32263 2016-11-06 03:25 ( Edited 2016-11-06 08:25)

I guess in my head the checkpoint model probably coincides with additional features within a level (like obstacles). Point to get to next checkpoint is to keep going and slice more bamboo. If you miss the quota when time runs out, game over; if you reach the goal, time extends and you keep going.

The hiccup with how the game currently plays is it doesn't get "harder" the longer you go, and that's what would make checkpoints work. So there's more to my suggestion that I thought...guess I hadn't really thought it that far along either.

P#32277 2016-11-06 14:16 ( Edited 2016-11-06 19:16)

Okay yeah, I get what you're saying. I think I'll take a break from working on it for a bit and then work on improving aspects of the game such as replayability and gamemodes but I'm quite happy with the project in its current state.

P#32281 2016-11-06 16:38 ( Edited 2016-11-06 21:38)

Totally agree. It's a ton of fun as-is. I just can't help myself from playing these games and thinking up new ideas :)

P#32292 2016-11-07 09:24 ( Edited 2016-11-07 14:24)

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