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Cart #45644 | 2017-10-30 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Stay calm through the dark woods after a long day.

I made a horror game for PICO-8 for Halloween, and generally inspired by the fall. Can you make it through the woods? I recommend playing in fullscreen mode, with headphones, and in the dark!

Arrow Keys - move
z or c - interact
x or v - (hold) stay facing the same direction while walking

You can also play it and download the source files on the game's itch.io page here, or check out the code and assets on the game's github page here!

Update: The first screen's a bit friendlier, and the I made a few other balance adjustments after seeing more testing :)

P#45558 2017-10-28 16:49 ( Edited 2018-10-26 17:29)

I love this - I don't love the new cart browsing system which doesn't display the description along with it. I died a few times before I worked out what to do .

I haven't completed it yet, but due to the way the torch changes direction, it doesn't feel very fair the way it snaps between positions with a gap between - giving the thing a chance to get to you when all you want to do is move around it while keeping the torch on it...

P#45624 2017-10-30 03:18 ( Edited 2017-10-30 07:18)

Everything deserves a chance, though ;)

Yeah, I think the light coverage when turning makes the game a little twitchy, but I like how it takes away the feeling of safety. The game's fairly short, meant to be completed in one sitting, so I'm curious to hear what you think if you come back to it!

P#45645 2017-10-30 17:50 ( Edited 2017-10-30 21:50)

Hey what is with that pyxel file on your Github? Does that mean there is a way to break Pico-8's map size limitation??

P#45655 2017-10-30 20:22 ( Edited 2017-10-31 00:22)

Man I literally can't do this. They always kill me on the diagonals, like I said. At least by the time I have to walk through the field with the one in the middle.

P#45657 2017-10-30 20:27 ( Edited 2017-10-31 00:27)

The .pyxel file is for pyxel edit, an external program I use to edit the sprite map. It doesn't increase pico-8's map size, it's just there for easier sprite editing for me.

The game itself has a bigger map by re-using sections of pico-8's map as a sort of super tile, so the actual game map uses repeating sections of the "map" in the cartridge.

P#45738 2017-10-31 21:40 ( Edited 2017-11-01 01:40)

Ah, yeah the same method I used :)

P#45750 2017-11-01 00:40 ( Edited 2017-11-01 04:40)

This deserves a Halloween bump.

P#57788 2018-10-10 12:45 ( Edited 2018-10-10 16:45)

Good bump, Enargy. Great game for upcoming Halloween.

P#57799 2018-10-10 14:24 ( Edited 2018-10-10 18:24)

What all are you supposed to be able to interact with? I can't seem to figure it out.

P#58362 2018-10-24 15:05 ( Edited 2018-10-24 19:05)

@spacekid2000 you just slowly walk to the right and make it to the next map

then spooky happens

and sometimes you use X (..or Z..?) to hack open a gate or something

P#58366 2018-10-24 16:25 ( Edited 2018-10-24 20:25)

oh! thank you!

P#58408 2018-10-25 11:31 ( Edited 2018-10-25 15:31)

finally beat it ! super fun, loved it!!!

P#58454 2018-10-26 13:29 ( Edited 2018-10-26 17:29)

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