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Cart #40278 | 2017-05-07 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License


Finally fixed the map issue from changes in Pico8 and fixed the 10 minute game freeze bug.
Some dialog stuff and fixed a bunch of bugs, cabins now work and there are caves you can rest in.

How to survive your first day:

  • When you wash up you're nearly dead, hungry, tired, and exhausted.
  • Your health will drop if any statuses (hungry,tired,exhausted,cold) are in the red.
  • Resting while your statuses are ok will restore health
  • Quickly drink some water from your flask. (x -> items -> flask -> drink)
  • Find some fruit/berries and pick them then eat them.
  • Salvage wood from your boat, and chop down another tree and get the logs
  • Build a shelter, eat, drink and rest, stay warm
  • After this, focus on finding freshwater (it has white sparkles) so you can drink and fill your flask
  • Then try and find some stone and build a cabin which will replenish your stamina fully
  • Build bridges to new areas


  • Day night cycle
  • Weather
  • Temperature (it's colder at night and when it's raining, stay warm in your shelter/cottage)
  • Simple menu system
  • Procedurally generated world
  • Bridge building
  • Building wells that fill with water when it rains
  • Plants grows overnight while you're resting
  • In progress
    • Farms and farming


  • Fishing minigame
  • Wild animals and fences to keep safe
  • Disallow some stuff at night to incentivise you to work during the day

I suspect code size optimisation will be quite critical =\

P#12030 2015-07-29 23:46 ( Edited 2018-09-06 16:21)

gorgeous tilework!

P#12031 2015-07-30 00:54 ( Edited 2015-07-30 04:54)

start of random map generator! implemented simplex noise.
basic inventory stuff and more menu work.


P#12100 2015-07-31 13:58 ( Edited 2015-07-31 17:58)

Ha, rad.

P#12101 2015-07-31 14:07 ( Edited 2015-07-31 18:07)

Oh wow this looks incredible, this looks so incredible. I don't even know what to say.

P#12103 2015-07-31 15:02 ( Edited 2015-07-31 19:02)

Thanks guys! :3 I think i'm being a bit too ambitious for my first project, but it's pretty fun!

P#12136 2015-08-01 01:58 ( Edited 2015-08-01 05:58)

Looks really great - exciting to see how this turns out. Also how you cope with the code/memory constraints!

P#12147 2015-08-01 09:04 ( Edited 2015-08-01 13:04)

switched to using a perlin noise generator and generating my own permutations rather than hard coding to save code size.

it now generates nice islands and finds one with enough land and trees and stone for you to start on.


P#12150 2015-08-01 10:00 ( Edited 2015-08-01 14:00)

Added fringe tiles which make things look heaps nicer, using the same fringes for sand as for grass and just recolour them via pal.
I generate the fringes once at the start of the game and cache them.

Added new intro and death sequences.

Cart #12184 | 2015-08-02 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

I've basically run out of code space now. 8153/8192.
Hopefully I can do a little more optimisation to make the game a little more complete
with a reduced scope.

Personally I think doubling the token limit would be great.

P#12185 2015-08-02 11:05 ( Edited 2015-08-02 15:05)

Oh man, this is really great. And that blocky pixel title screen on the lower half of the loading screen is really awesome.

P#12186 2015-08-02 11:09 ( Edited 2015-08-02 15:09)

haha, this is so hard to survive. but I love it. very impressive scope!

P#12187 2015-08-02 12:52 ( Edited 2015-08-02 16:52)

Really good, but I was unable to build a bridge anywhere, even with the materials. Also, tree stumps stopped you from building anything on top of them, which didn't feel right to me.

By the way, if you're having trouble with the token limit, there are ways to get around it. Strings of any length count as one token, it seems...

P#12191 2015-08-02 19:38 ( Edited 2015-08-02 23:38)

@innomin sorry about that, the bridge building is currently broken =( i'll try and fix that for the next release. and yeah, i should allow building on stumps. i'll see if i can optimise the size more to fit more in.

@Mozz indeed, i wanted to give it that retro game difficulty =)
once you find freshwater it's pretty easy though. it'll also be easier once farms and wells are working.

maybe add some wild animals to make fences useful and also be a source of food.

P#12196 2015-08-02 21:17 ( Edited 2015-08-03 01:17)
  • new update fixes bridge building and allows building over stumps.
  • improved the menus, it now merges job types together.
  • added air and body temperature, stay warm at night in your shelter
  • plants and fruit randomly grow back overnight while you're resting
  • basic shelter only replenishes a bit of your stamina, build a cottage to
    restore it all.
P#12217 2015-08-03 13:12 ( Edited 2015-08-03 17:12)

I made a cabin and got to lots of food and I wanted to try traveling but there's no fresh water down at the south* end of the island... I got my bars full and tried to build a Well and I died because he had to keep building a Well in the cold and would not stop to rest. It was sad.

EDIT: Spelling.

P#12219 2015-08-03 14:23 ( Edited 2015-08-15 13:55)

Sorry to hear that Connorses! =(
I really need to make jobs cancellable and resumable.

I think death also needs to be more dramatic.

P#12233 2015-08-03 20:54 ( Edited 2015-08-04 00:54)

building a well no matter when, means game over.
I really like this!

P#12272 2015-08-04 13:58 ( Edited 2015-08-04 17:58)

building wells shouldn't be quite so bad now, but i still haven't really tested them much. thanks for playing!

P#12275 2015-08-04 14:20 ( Edited 2015-08-04 18:20)

I like what you've done with the graphics. Cabins don't seem to do anything at the moment, I built like three of them and they don't allow rest. I rest in my shelter and eat fruit. I'm worried I need protein so hopefully there will be room to code animals. xD

P#12284 2015-08-04 16:36 ( Edited 2015-08-04 20:37)

I can confirm that cabins do nothing. They seem to be Grass tiles disguised as houses. Maybe you forgot
to change "Cottage" to "Cabin" in some lines of code?

I managed to build a well and survive, but they don't seem to do anything.
You've got a lot of work to do :P

P#12288 2015-08-04 17:08 ( Edited 2015-08-04 21:09)

1 little bug on the code.
1 little bug on the code.
take it down, patch it around.
3 little bugs on the code.

P#12292 2015-08-04 19:04 ( Edited 2015-08-04 23:04)

yep! this is what happens when you release at 4am without testing thoroughly =) sorry about that!

I hope i can manage to fit some animals in!

P#12296 2015-08-04 22:36 ( Edited 2015-08-05 02:36)

This is possibly the best little game I've played for the PICO. Great work!

P#12371 2015-08-06 14:30 ( Edited 2015-08-06 18:30)

aww thanks! <3 i don't know it's much of a game yet, there's not much to do once you survive the first couple of days.

need to find some code space to add in some more content, maybe with an end goal of building a boat to get off the island.

but that requires exploring everywhere to find the required resources.

P#12387 2015-08-06 22:13 ( Edited 2015-08-07 02:13)

Naturally, it reminds me of the old versions of Minecraft. It was fun for a while but eventually they had to add optional, long-term goals to hold peoples' interest.

The new dialogue is very cool, by the way.

P#12388 2015-08-06 22:56 ( Edited 2015-08-07 02:56)

This is great!
Just what I've been looking for.

P#12667 2015-08-15 00:38 ( Edited 2015-08-15 04:38)

ZX and Arrow keys didn't work on day 12. Sound and statuses however, kept depleting.

P#12668 2015-08-15 01:33 ( Edited 2015-08-15 05:33)

hmm very strange!! I don't think I ever made it to day 12... not sure why that would happen! Thanks for the bug report!

P#12671 2015-08-15 01:53 ( Edited 2015-08-15 05:53)

I got to day 9 and suddenly I lost control and watched my little character just stand there and die. Had so much fun that I decided to play through again and got to day 12 and it happened again :(

This one bug aside, this game is awesome. The look and feel of it takes me back to a mix between Ghost Lion and Startropics. the feeling of it when the game just beings and you're kind of lost and everything kills you. love it.

P#12755 2015-08-18 02:58 ( Edited 2015-08-18 06:58)

looks like this bug is a big problem! i'll try and get to the bottom of it! =(

i've never heard of those games before but gosh they look similar! =)

P#12761 2015-08-18 08:42 ( Edited 2015-08-18 12:42)

Great games.

Regarding the bug, I am playing on a laptop and it may be a system bug from tapping the trackpad accidently while using the z/x buttons. It seems that if the game area is right clicked while giving an input the controls freeze up and do not recover.

P#12791 2015-08-19 02:55 ( Edited 2015-08-19 06:55)

ok, forget that last comment. I went through again and it happened on day 10 this time, I made sure to stay away from the track pad. It seemed to happen after creating my 3rd or 4th cabin. I left the cabin after resting til morning to collect a lot of wood I didn't have room for before building and got the message that I didn't have space for the wood even though I had just built a cabin and should have had a lot more space. After getting that message i moved back to the cabin and tried to open my menu, and that's when I lost control and watched my little character lose all hope and just stand there waiting to die. It's like she just gives up.

P#12792 2015-08-19 03:20 ( Edited 2015-08-19 07:20)

awww.... depression from being alone so long.. it's a feature? I guess? i'll try and fix it =) and also add new features soon!

P#12793 2015-08-19 03:27 ( Edited 2015-08-19 07:27)

joshmillard wisely pointed out that it's probably the time counter overflowing and causing weirdness. I'll have to separate the day number from the time within a day.


P#12798 2015-08-19 09:43 ( Edited 2015-08-19 13:43)

Had the same bug at day 10, and sometimes I can't build but I don't know why. Even if I got the resources

P#13237 2015-08-28 10:44 ( Edited 2015-08-28 14:44)

you can only build in certain locations (not on sand or rock), i need to make it more clear why in the interface.

P#13293 2015-08-30 00:45 ( Edited 2015-08-30 04:45)

Great survival game! I finally managed to survive first night, then built cabin, well started exploring islands but then I got stuck on bridge and died of starvation :'(

P#13571 2015-09-02 14:19 ( Edited 2015-09-02 18:19)

sounds like you hit the day 10 bug =( need to fix that!
it's to do with a comparison and a counter overflowing.

P#13586 2015-09-02 20:03 ( Edited 2015-09-03 00:03)

It's so cool. But it's really hard!

P#14284 2015-09-17 01:19 ( Edited 2015-09-17 05:19)

I really like the game! Compelling, difficult, and fun! I had a lot of problems hitting the wrong button in the menus, though. The controls didn't seem consistent. Re-working them to be more straightforward would really improve the game, because I died very frequently because I couldn't make the right selection several times in row.

P#17690 2015-12-11 01:05 ( Edited 2015-12-11 06:05)

I love this game, it's like don't starve but much harder. If you're planning on continuing it I'd use farming to add a blanket to protect from the cold. Also it seems a little unreasonable that you would be starving once you woke up but that may just be me. I would love the idea of being able to make a boat that would have a chance of either taking you to another island, or maybe a mainland. My favorite parts of the game are the tiles with the random fringed edges and the title screen. Both are works of art. Good luck on continued development.

P#17914 2015-12-18 23:10 ( Edited 2015-12-19 04:10)

@CKH4 thanks very much!!

Yes I hope to continue working on it soon!
It's definitely too hard at the start right now, not very fair at all.
I plan to add farming, fire and boat making if I can find token space =)

P#17915 2015-12-19 00:11 ( Edited 2015-12-19 05:11)

I hope you continue working on this game! I got trapped and died from the Day 10 bug, unfortunately, but roaming around exploring is good fun. The graphics are super cute, too!

Once I spawned in on a small island with enough resources to build a cabin but not a well. Thankfully there was 1 square of fresh water available. But, the other land was too far away to build a bridge to get off the island - the player character would need a boat :)

P#21250 2016-05-24 11:22 ( Edited 2016-05-24 15:22)

Thanks gerbilfat!

The new token counting in 0.1.6 should allow me to extend the game further =) I'll get back to it soon!

P#21373 2016-05-25 22:36 ( Edited 2016-05-26 02:36)

A little more leeway when you begin will take this game far. Out of 10 starts, 8 failed in the first night because making shelter and getting food (one or the other) were both too out-of-reach of the starting location. Once you get past that, it's pretty solid.

P#22320 2016-06-05 01:27 ( Edited 2016-06-05 05:27)

@TonyTheTGR yep, it's very unbalanced so far, the start is too hard then it gets too easy once you get up and running.

Need to figure out a good way to keep it interesting and challenging.

P#22321 2016-06-05 01:46 ( Edited 2016-06-05 05:46)

Anyone play this on 1.8 yet? I'm loading it in the Pico8 client and the sprites are all messed up. They have lines on them and stuff...very unplayable.

P#25131 2016-07-11 23:18 ( Edited 2016-07-12 03:18)



Tempest is taking advantage of a "bug"? in earlier versions of pico8 where mset() in the shared section of the tilemap didn't change the spritesheet data.

I suspect related to:

  • Fixed: mset()'d changes in shared memory not readable via peek() / sget()
P#25132 2016-07-11 23:35 ( Edited 2016-07-12 03:35)

Getting a lot of garbage for graphics.
Have you tried this in SPLORE and Online in Firefox ?

P#28070 2016-09-06 01:08 ( Edited 2016-09-06 05:08)

it seems it's not compatible with pico version 0.1.8
I don't know if it's possible to fix this.

P#28081 2016-09-06 06:03 ( Edited 2016-09-06 10:03)

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