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You are standing outside a yellow castle. It is a fine summer day.

This is a PICO-8 homage to Atari 2600 Adventure. It's not just a nostalgia trip; I tried to make it a fun game in its own right.

Hints & History:

  • Use the O button and press direction to move what you carry.
  • You get one ship trip per game.
  • Forest altars have healing powers.
  • There's a way to open a gate without a key--once?

-> V7.0 Update. More enemies! More items! More graphics! More magic! More secrets! Less swamp!
-> V7.2 made duck more stompy
-> V7.3 keyless, token reclamation, timer, small tinkers
-> V7.4 green castle, minor fixes
-> V7.5 added knight hesitation, sound cue
-> V7.6 altar clue

P#12448 2015-08-07 22:36 ( Edited 2023-03-28 15:11)


All I could think while playing was:
I gotta get this freakin' duck away from me!

P#12449 2015-08-07 23:15 ( Edited 2015-08-08 03:15)

So great.

P#12450 2015-08-07 23:23 ( Edited 2015-08-08 03:23)

This is so great! I have missed you, arrow sword! Amazing job on this.

P#12457 2015-08-08 01:09 ( Edited 2015-08-08 05:14)

If only the dang Curse ghosts don't teleport your items away!

Other than that, great game!

P#12462 2015-08-08 03:31 ( Edited 2015-08-08 07:31)

If you play on hardcore mode it's not a problem :D

Edit: less cheekily, yes the skeletons are easily the biggest jerks in the game. The swamp isn't so awful once you find the second exit--that can save you one or more trips through the skeleton room. And the whole purpose of the ship is to give you a one-time bypass that you decide when to use. And, while the sword doesn't kill them, it can affect them.

P#12463 2015-08-08 06:27 ( Edited 2015-08-08 15:48)

DUCK! Haha oh my god giant duck! This is incredible. Simply amazing.

P#12473 2015-08-08 12:34 ( Edited 2015-08-08 16:34)

The sword can push them away, yes, but they'll end up behind you and banishing your sword to oblivion, making the game harder for you.


P#12479 2015-08-08 16:30 ( Edited 2015-08-08 20:30)

Harvested some tokens and put on some polish.

  • Clouds and cutscenes for the ship and duck teleports.
  • An effect for the healing spring.
  • Utilized spare room. Maybe not as well as I'd liked to, but:
P#13672 2015-09-04 04:34 ( Edited 2015-09-04 08:34)

OK, the ship animation/sfx has got to be the best thing ever.

P#13689 2015-09-04 12:40 ( Edited 2015-09-04 16:40)

I love this game and the old school (2600) aesthetic. Strong.

P#13788 2015-09-07 13:36 ( Edited 2015-09-07 17:36)

It turns out since the last time I released this, some token calculation changes were made that freed up about 2000 tokens! I was able to add a lot of little things that I had wanted to do but just didn't have the tokens for.

My favorite addition is a purely cosmetic one inside the blue castle though.

P#30777 2016-10-12 15:52 ( Edited 2016-10-12 19:52)

WOW ! I didn't know there was an update to this. I love the SNOW sequence with the hidden ice monsters. There's a lot of creativity flowing from this game cart and it shows in every play !

P#30788 2016-10-12 18:49 ( Edited 2016-10-12 22:49)

What's the red key for? I can't find a red fortress.

Also the chalice is for the duck??

Very cool game. Perfect example for good design.

Looking at the tilemap, there is no use for the red key right?

P#31030 2016-10-16 07:38 ( Edited 2016-10-16 11:41)

Yes the chalice is for the yellow dragon (I'm not sure why people call it a duck???) Aka your mom. (Edit: I mean literally as in, the duck is yellow, you are yellow, your castle is yellow; you're on the same team.)

The red key is something of a red herring, but its uselessness has a use, if you understand the forest altar.

P#31090 2016-10-16 22:48 ( Edited 2016-10-17 05:16)

very nice take on Adventure with so many creative additions.. I will have to play through this one!

P#31097 2016-10-17 00:16 ( Edited 2016-10-17 04:16)

cheepicus, I have yet to beat this but I REALLY like it! My dad showed me "dungeons and dragons" on his intellivision, which I believe was a knock off the original Adventure.

I had trouble running this on my PocketCHIP. I eventually got it running, but it seems like, for some reason, PocketCHIP does not like conditionals being in Parentheses AND using THEN. For example

IF (NOT S) THEN -- causes error on PocketCHIP

This happens maybe 3 or 4 times in your code. I removed them and then it runs fine (besides some slowdown in the snow)

P#31112 2016-10-17 11:37 ( Edited 2016-10-17 15:37)

Thanks for the heads up paloblancogames. I went through cleaning up the IF statements. I don't have a PocketCHIP, so I can't test the changes I made. Let me know if the new version is still broken. And I hope I didn't mess anything else up.

As for Intellivision AD&D, to me it seems pretty directly inspired by Hunt the Wumpus. Exploring a cave by sound and blind-firing bouncy arrows is totally some wumpus huntin action. I wouldn't be surprised if Colossal Caves and Adventure's bat were inspired by Hunt the Wumpus, too.

P#31130 2016-10-17 19:48 ( Edited 2016-10-17 23:49)

damn that blue maze and its attacking blue things and the white things in the white castle! It was hard, but I finally won!

P#31139 2016-10-18 02:49 ( Edited 2016-10-18 06:49)


Lines 35, 76, and 1431 all still give the pocketCHIP some trouble for the same reason:


needs to be:


after those three lines it is pocketCHIP safe.

P#31231 2016-10-19 11:28 ( Edited 2016-10-19 15:28)

Hey ! Finally won the game. There's quite a bit of Legend Of Zelda in here too if you look. WOW ! What a big chalice, and ... nice big duck sits in it. I'm not cleaning up after that. Owell. :)

P#31239 2016-10-19 12:39 ( Edited 2016-10-22 02:16)

Hey, I created an account in Pico-8 just to tell you that I fucking love this fucking game, man.

Keep it up!

P#31373 2016-10-21 05:39 ( Edited 2016-10-21 09:39)

Thanks! Yes I do need to complete more games.

I wish I had more tokens for this one just so I could add some achievements like:

  • You killed the Nommer
  • You killed the white knights before you entered the white castle.
  • You stole the chalice without entering the white castle
  • You stunned all the ghosts
  • You used the red key
  • You opened a castle without a key
  • You won the game without using a key
P#31586 2016-10-23 18:01 ( Edited 2016-10-23 22:01)

It's supposed to be there but it is also supposed to go somewhere else!

P#54164 2018-07-14 13:32 ( Edited 2018-07-14 17:32)

Fun game, although I would like a list that shows each item and explains their use, I.E the magnet.

P#92295 2021-05-21 18:32

There's not that many items!

KEY - Opens gate of corresponding castle.
YELLOW SWORD - Kills weak enemies, stuns medium enemies.
MAGNET - Pulls closest item frome same screen.
SHIELD - Proof against arrows, at least.

MAGIC FOREST ALTAR - Enchants anything, once!
MAGIC SWORD - Kills anything! Once...
MAGIC MAGNET - Pulls closest item.
MAGIC KEY - Opens any gate.

P#103046 2021-12-18 02:41

Confusing at first, but fun if you know what to do.

P#105368 2022-01-19 15:29

That duck was camping the blue key I accidently dropped and I had so much stress trying to get it back o_ o
Even though I didn't get very far it's certainly a unique game

P#105396 2022-01-20 01:58

How do I open the yellow castle without a key? I tried getting the duck to smash it down but the duck respects it too much.

Bonus Tip:

There's a way to use the enchantment table twice

P#119239 2022-10-18 04:20

Should be possible now.

P#119241 2022-10-18 06:11

How to open the yellow castle without the key? give me a hint, it's not working

P#127095 2023-03-13 14:49

Hint 1:

Read the last two posts before yours

Hint 2:
Notice how the duck will call off its assault and fly straight home when you go to the yellow castle?

P#127096 2023-03-13 15:53

Can you give me a clearer hint, I have the big dumb

P#127132 2023-03-14 16:02

the duck can break doors if you can lure it to them

Edit: looks like it doesn't work with the blue door on the web version. Not sure if it was it always like that.
you can do the same for the yellow door. You just need the duck in the right position

lure the duck south-west of the yellow castle, before the area with the ghosts, then go back to the castle. The duck should then fly over the castle door to break it open

P#127137 2023-03-14 17:54 ( Edited 2023-03-14 22:14)

Can the duck only destroy one gate?

P#127181 2023-03-15 16:45

Yep! Any more would hurt its feet!

P#127192 2023-03-15 20:58

So, how do I win without any keys

P#127358 2023-03-20 11:51

(Aieee. I have made it possible again with an update.)

It requires powerful magic to heal the duck's feet.

P#127381 2023-03-21 00:36



P#127401 2023-03-21 13:23 ( Edited 2023-03-21 13:47)

Wow, well done! If you can do a hardcore keyless run in 7 minutes (and with a time like that, probably swordless too, which I thought about adding) there's probably no more challenges for you. Maybe I made the game too easy. :/c The only thing you might not have found is the Easter egg but that's not difficult, just secret.

P#127413 2023-03-21 16:52

I would like a hint, please.

Edit: is this it?

P#127509 2023-03-23 13:28 ( Edited 2023-03-23 13:31)

How do I get keyless with the new update?

P#127712 2023-03-28 14:27

Added a clue to the altar.

P#127719 2023-03-28 15:14

The altar is locked behind a key, how do I get keyless with that

P#127769 2023-03-29 12:52

New highscore

P#127835 2023-03-30 13:41

Lookie here

So, how do I get keyless with the new castle?

P#128172 2023-04-05 13:17 ( Edited 2023-04-05 15:21)

That's a good time!

P#128174 2023-04-05 14:35


P#128414 2023-04-10 16:27

Hola me gustaría saber para que sirve la llave roja?? me encanta el juego y ese es el único misterio

P#129002 2023-04-25 14:26

Se que debe ser difícil pero esta genial que puedas hacer una segunda versión o secuela del juego porque es muy bueno!!

P#129004 2023-04-25 14:28

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