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Controls: Arrows. Get to the highest level you can before you run out of shoes.

Okay, let us travel back to ... 1980!

Our family got an Apple ][+ on June 9th, 1980. I LIVED on that computer all summer. Making text adventures, graphics demos...

One of the first games I made was WALK INTO THE DOT. It was in Apple ][+ lo-res graphics. There are BAD DOTS. Do not walk into them. There is a GOOD DOT. Walk into it if you can!

It wasn't great, BUT it did bring up some subtle game design ideas, and was part of me learning, 39 years ago, how to design games.

But how to re-make it now? Make it with cool graphics? NO. I would make it like it was. Crappy, primitive, but hiding some interesting lessons.

So, I programmed the old Applesoft lo-res commands of PLOT, HLIN, and VLIN and re-made this crappy old game.

HOWEVER, there is something about it! As you get above level 10, level 20, you start feeling that "slot machine" feeling and "I almost made it"! That weird frustration-success feeling is addictive, and is worth study, even in such a primitive game as this! Also, you can learn the secrets of the game's collision: if ANY pixel of your dude touches the good dot (even if other parts touch the bad dots), you win the level! Often you may see you can win when it looked hopeless.

Caution, this is a quickly done game, not well-coded, but it's an interesting study in very raw game design. AND... there is... A CHALLENGE.

THE WORLD RECORD IS LEVEL 36. Playing, you will see how hard that is!


CRT Shader version on itchio:


P#63938 2019-04-24 19:04 ( Edited 2019-04-27 20:54)


I love this! :D My high score is 30 so far. You're very right... it's addictive! :D

P.S. I love the little player sprite! :D

P#63948 2019-04-24 21:06 ( Edited 2019-04-24 21:06)

Aw thanks, heh! I wanted to keep it lo-res, but falling in to "lo-res land" seemed charming. :D

30 is a GREAT score! Be proud.

P#63949 2019-04-24 21:10

As infuriating as it is simple. 's a great first cart and a fun one to boot. The simplicity makes you think you can beat the record, but yeah...

P#63950 2019-04-24 21:20

Haha, seriously.... BUT there ARE some surprising places you can wiggle through...


The world record owner is 64 years old, btw!

P#63951 2019-04-24 21:26

Okay, think I am done with this one -- will plop on thattomhall.itch.io with the retro TV shader by ultrabrite!

P#64011 2019-04-27 18:56

Cool Game! my high score is 25. A couple of times I got trapped or the white square was blocked:

P#75230 2020-04-23 20:22 ( Edited 2020-04-23 20:29)


P#75231 2020-04-23 20:30

Heh, nice! As I say in the article with the cart, it's random, like a slot machine, so you can just straight up lose a level.... but there's something compelling about it being unfair, but you always think you might do better next time.

But sometimes you can work your way around the bad lava blocks carefully!

P#75243 2020-04-23 21:30

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