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UPDATE: Version 1.1:

  • faster ship
  • constant enemy spawns (no delays)
  • muzzle flash effect and better explosions
  • other gameplay tweaks

STORY: Welcome, Pilot 8. You are our top choice for this mission. I mean, 8th choice. Nothing suspicious at all happened to the other 7 pilots that came before you. They... uh... retired. Anyway, here is your comprehensive battle training: use the arrows to move, press [Z] to shoot. End of comprehensive training. Off to war you go. Good luck, Pilot 8.... Ok, that pilot is hopeless, let's start training Pilot 9. Oh, what? It's still on? How do I turn this off <click>

This is a simple space shooter.

  • 18 levels across 6 worlds (Flood City, Oasis, Marshes, Coast, Canals, Fortress)
  • Different weapons and powerups (shield, weapons, etc).
  • Collect chips dropped by enemies to upgrade your ship. 14 upgrades available:
    • extra speed
    • rapid fire (3 levels)
    • ammo capacity (3 levels)
    • shield (3 levels)
    • starting laser
    • powerup frequency
  • World map

Tech aspects:

  • Dynamic lighting (via framebuffer post-processing).
  • Screen-space reflection (water effect, lightning, etc).
  • Particle effects, rain, etc.
P#52927 2018-05-22 13:07 ( Edited 2018-06-27 23:35)

You got the basics right (and more!)

Now suggest to work on making the game a bit more engaging as everything is waaaayyyy too slow as of now!
(+ ship movement should not be linear, have a look at response curves)
(+ add some more firing effects, like a muzzle flash to add punch to the weapons)

(my 2 cents)

P#52932 2018-05-22 15:05 ( Edited 2018-05-22 19:05)
:: btco

Yes, you're right. The game starts a bit too slow. It gets faster in harder levels but it takes a while... I'll see what I can do to make the pace a bit faster! Thanks for the feedback!

P#52946 2018-05-22 19:52 ( Edited 2018-05-22 23:52)

Actually, I like how slow it is ! There's a general laid back feel to the game that is pretty enjoyable. And it's nice for a while to have enemies who don't just fly off the screen but make a U-turn to let you finish them off !

P#52960 2018-05-23 10:11 ( Edited 2018-05-23 14:11)
:: btco

Thanks! Yeah, the idea is that the starting levels are slow and easy. Later on around level 4 or so there are a lot more enemies and it starts to get a bit faster.

P#52971 2018-05-23 17:45 ( Edited 2018-05-23 21:45)
:: btco

You can now play it on itch.io as well:
https://btco.itch.io/pilot8

P#52992 2018-05-24 20:51 ( Edited 2018-05-25 00:51)
:: btco

I'm getting a lot of feedback on this game via several channels, and the most common theme is around the fact that it feels way too slow. My plan was that you'd be dodging enemies barely surviving, but in most cases people are just yawning waiting for enemies to show up.

I may fix this by doing away with the wave system and just spawn enemies continually.

Does anyone have any thoughts on that?

P#53104 2018-05-29 17:33 ( Edited 2018-05-29 21:33)

That and weapons are missing impacts - look at other shmup (r-type, gradius...), you’ll see:

  • muzzle flash
  • flash at impact
    It seems nothing but adds a lot to the immersion.
P#53110 2018-05-30 01:57 ( Edited 2018-05-30 05:57)
:: btco

Yeah, muzzle flash and flash at enemy impact are definitely a good addition. Should enemies be pushed back when they are hit? Or maybe get pushed in a random direction (to prevent a strategy where you're constantly ahead of the enemy shooting at it repeatedly and never miss).

P#53153 2018-05-31 20:46 ( Edited 2018-06-01 00:46)

How do I prevent the enemies from shooting? I'm up at the last level right now and I can't beat it.

P#53199 2018-06-02 02:38 ( Edited 2018-06-02 06:38)

Nevermind I just beat it

P#53200 2018-06-02 02:48 ( Edited 2018-06-02 06:48)
:: btco

Cool!! What were your final stats? What upgrades did you have to buy?

P#53225 2018-06-03 11:11 ( Edited 2018-06-03 15:12)
:: btco

Game updated!
Changes:

  • faster ship
  • constant enemy spawns (no delays)
  • muzzle flash effect and better explosions
  • other gameplay tweaks

If I did things right, gameplay now feels significantly faster and more engaging. Please take a look and let me know.

If you want to wipe your save and play the new version from the beginning, go to the STATS screen, then HOLD up+left+Z and tap X while holding those three keys.

P#53241 2018-06-03 18:26 ( Edited 2018-06-03 22:26)
P#53261 2018-06-04 03:05 ( Edited 2018-06-04 07:05)

Also, what does "btco" stand for? I pronounce it as "Bit Co.".

P#53262 2018-06-04 03:06 ( Edited 2018-06-04 07:06)
:: btco

Awesome stats!
btco was my auto-generated network login name in college and became my nickname. "Bit co" is the most common pronunciation. Another popular one is "bay-tay-say-OH" (Brazilian Portuguese). If one day I create my own cryptocurrency I'll call it "BTCoin". :)

P#53293 2018-06-05 12:38 ( Edited 2018-06-05 16:38)
:: btco

Did anyone reach the end of the game after the v1.1 update? Worried I might have made it too difficult.

P#53384 2018-06-08 14:01 ( Edited 2018-06-08 18:01)

I don't think i did that well but yeah. really incredible game. i thought enemy speed was great and the power up system was super cool. https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/449063336663842818/454815138395062294/Screenshot_from_2018-06-08_18-11-38.png for stats.

P#53397 2018-06-08 21:13 ( Edited 2018-06-09 01:13)
:: btco

Nice! Thanks for playing. Looks like it took you just short of 1 hour to finish the game, which is what I was aiming at. Hope you enjoyed it!

You also had a success rate of about 66% per level, which is more than what I can do :-D

Maybe you can do a Let's Play video for Pilot 8 like you did for Thunder Bella?

P#53432 2018-06-09 17:47 ( Edited 2018-06-09 21:50)

How can I reset the game data to start from scratch ?

P#53487 2018-06-11 23:44 ( Edited 2018-06-12 03:44)
:: btco

To wipe your data:

Go to the Stats screen from the main menu.
While in the Stats screen, hold UP + LEFT + Z at the same time, then press X, then release all keys.

It has to be done in that exact way (to prevent accidental wipes).

The cart will reboot, and your data will have been wiped.

P#53497 2018-06-12 07:36 ( Edited 2018-06-12 11:36)

Ok, finished in 39 minutes. It's doable.
Note : the gameplay time keeps ticking even after winning while in the stats screen. I propose pausing it while in the stats screen.

P#53514 2018-06-12 19:43 ( Edited 2018-06-12 23:43)
:: btco

Great, thanks! 39 minutes is really good! I don't think I can beat that.

And yeah, the fact that the time keeps ticking in the stats screen (and all the other screens) is a bug. It should only tick while in actual gameplay. I'll fix it on the next release.

P#53578 2018-06-15 05:38 ( Edited 2018-06-15 09:38)
:: btco

Hmmm apparently there's a rare bug where the game won't finish the level even after you kill all the enemies (maybe an enemy gets stuck off-screen?). Not sure what causes it to happen. Anyone experience that?

P#53722 2018-06-22 22:47 ( Edited 2018-06-23 02:47)

I've never experienced it. Nice to see that you brought your TIC-80 PFP over here to this forum.

P#53746 2018-06-23 18:22 ( Edited 2018-06-23 22:22)
:: btco

Yeah, 8 Bit Panda FTW :)

I still see the bug once in a while but I haven't figured out what is the underlying reason. I'll update the game once I figure it out and fix it.

Let me know if you notice any other glitches.

P#53857 2018-06-27 19:35 ( Edited 2018-06-27 23:35)

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