Control the Body
A game in which one is tasked to control a body.
This game will autosave your progress.
Also playable on https://gate.itch.io/control-the-body. You can check out my other games there.
Arrow keys -- move and rotate body
X -- hold breath
Z -- jump (only with shoes); hold to jump higher
Down -- interact/talk (context sensitive)
Enter -- pause menu
Pause Menu Options
Continue -- Continue player
SFX -- turn sound effects on or off
Music -- turn music on or off
Timer -- turn game timer on or off (useful for speedrunning)
Game Speed -- speed up or slow down the game; can be used as an accessibility option, but certain challenges can still be very difficult even at the lowest speed
(X) Delete save -- delete your save file and restart the game
The following creators were my primary inspirations for this game. If you like my game, please check them out!
This is an amazing hard platformer game, and the inspirations are pretty clear. I'm not familiar with sylvie so I'll have to check her stuff out, but increpare and bfod are great!
I managed to collect all the green orbs and all but one yellow orb (in the upper left map, even with extra checkpoints on the crazy path to it, it seemed impossible...). Eventually I cheated, and tweaked the code to see what those red shoes did. Fair warning to everyone else: they do nothing! It's not an upgraded jump or anything. :P
I'll probably revisit collecting the red orbs later, but this is easily one of my favorite pico-8 games already. I've put 3+ hours into this so far, and even though some parts were frustrating, the way you've explored these very simple mechanics and pushed them to the absolute limit is fantastic. The skill ceiling keeps breaking wide open as I discover new abilities and strategies, and most maps have great checkpoint placement as well.
Maybe test that one yellow orb in the upper left map though? I think your air drains too quickly outside of the map, because I wasn't able to make it even once after 20+ (cheated) attempts there.
What a weird game! But so strangely creative. The first few screens had me thinking this was just some physics test gone awry, but after a few more I could see that this is a whole fleshed out concept.
The wall jumps are really hard but satisfying to pull off.
I love this game so much and I especially love the theme that plays in the water area, would you mind if I uploaded it to youtube so I can add it to my playlists? fantastic work on everything btw this is seriously one of my favorite pico-8 games and I could talk for hours about how well it's designed
That song was originally going to be more of a joke and a straight transcription of the Donkey Kong Country water music, but I got bored transcribing it and then gave it a different cadence. It still has mostly the same melody and some of the same features (e.g. the slowly rising tone), but I added a counter melody and it goes off a bit in the second half, lol.
And thanks for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed the game.
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