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Cart #28747 | 2016-09-18 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

A procedurally generated hack-n-slash action adventure for the Pico-8 fantasy console!


Up/Down/Left/Right - Move
X - Attack
Z - Strafe

Hey! Here's my first cart. The code is ugly and cryptic as all heck. Enjoy!

Play on itch.io

P#19600 2016-04-04 19:05 ( Edited 2016-10-17 01:08)

Hey scgrn, this is great! I was able to make it past the first dungeon, and died in the second on my first playthrough. Nice work!

P#19603 2016-04-04 21:14 ( Edited 2016-04-05 01:14)

This is absolutely awesome. I've died a bunch of time and haven't reached the boss yet but I will. Oh I will.
The rotations are actually fairly smooth and the fat pixels look suits the game really well! Great job!!!

P#19607 2016-04-05 05:13 ( Edited 2016-04-05 09:13)

Thanks! I'm really glad you like it. Have you found any save points yet?

@TRASEVOL_DOG The gameplay runs in 128x64 mode, but the renderer blits two adjacent pixels at a time, so the world rendering is effectively 64x64. It just made me realize that this engine would be good for #lowresjam.

P#19613 2016-04-06 01:38 ( Edited 2016-04-06 05:38)

Awesome!! Make something for #lowrezjam then maybe? It'd be so cool!! :D

P#19614 2016-04-06 02:19 ( Edited 2016-04-06 06:19)

Hi. I don't know what to do. How can I get of the first island?

P#19615 2016-04-06 02:21 ( Edited 2016-04-06 06:21)

Wow really good! Rotation. Procedural map generation. Decent gameplay. Star from me.

P#19619 2016-04-06 11:11 ( Edited 2016-04-06 15:11)

@car4000 Not sure what you mean. The entire game takes place on one large island on which you'll find three dungeon entrances, explore! Or...

The procedural map generation will occasionally create tiny, isolated islands off the main island. The player is always started at the most southeastern walkable point of the map, so it's possible that you could be spawned on one of these small islands and be unable to get off it.

I've generated a new game approximately three billion times during development and testing, and I've run into this problem exactly once. I wanted to write some code guard against this case, but tokens. If you happen to run into this situation just reboot the cartridge. *shrug

Anyway, thanks for checking it out!

P#19622 2016-04-06 11:58 ( Edited 2016-04-06 15:58)

played through to the end. good work.

P#19750 2016-04-11 23:07 ( Edited 2016-04-12 03:07)

STAR. I also love the splash screen.

P#20984 2016-05-21 03:55 ( Edited 2016-05-21 07:55)

This is beautiful!!

P#21075 2016-05-22 07:17 ( Edited 2016-05-22 11:17)

This game looks really cool so far, I haven't been able to finish it yet. Really nice graphics, good job!

P#21249 2016-05-24 11:08 ( Edited 2016-05-24 15:08)

Hi, I wanted to add this game to a couple of wikis and had some questions just to make sure I get things right:

*Do you have any proper names for things? Like the green crab-like creatures in the first dungeon and what appear to be (annoying!) black-robed magic users in the last two. And also what's the red stuff that raises your health meter back up when you kill the occasional creature?

*Are there two save points in the last dungeon? I thought there was, but couldn't find the second one, but then I didn't feel like starting over and going through the whole thing again.

*What's going on in the room with the statues? Is your character lighting torches to gain entrance? Are those some kind of trays of water or something?

This has been a unique experience for the Pico! I like the atmosphere to it, especially when the music ends right during the last few rooms, then changes once you get to the boss...

P#23914 2016-06-29 21:08 ( Edited 2016-06-30 01:10)

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

No, I don't really have names for things. I thought of the green guy as some kind of monster or ghoul or something. The robed jerk is just a generic evil mage. I kind of thought of the red stuff as the enemy's life essence that could be absorbed.

The dungeons are procedurally generated so they'll have a different layout every time a new game is started, but yes they should always be generated with two save points.

I have no idea what the statues are about. That's completely open to interpretation!

I was very pleased with how the last few rooms materialized. Fading the music out is a really simple trick to convey tons of atmosphere!

Thank you again for your compliments!

P#23928 2016-06-29 22:33 ( Edited 2016-06-30 02:33)

Pretty impressive gameplay-wise. The atmosphere is fantastic, and I love the little details, like waves crashing on a shoreline. Though, admittedly, the graphics are a bit lacking. Everything looks sort of... messy.

Good game though, looking forward to whatever you do next.

P#23966 2016-06-30 13:35 ( Edited 2016-06-30 17:35)

@car4000 It happened again

P#24056 2016-07-01 01:14 ( Edited 2016-07-01 05:14)

Scgrn, thanks for the quick reply and info!

Funny that you don't know exactly what the deal is with the statues :) It's cool to hear about though with this stuff, behind the scenes-wise.

Completed articles are here:

Pico-8 wiki page

Videogame Hydra wiki page

Just edit to change anything you feel needs fixed or state it here and I'll go do it.

Thank you again for your compliments!

You're welcome, and here's another!: I also enjoyed the music and sound effects.

Just ran through the game again today.

P#24169 2016-07-01 17:14 ( Edited 2016-07-01 21:14)

What a fun game! I expected it to be a Gauntlet clone, but was pleased to find that it's more innovative than that.

I was completely taken by surprise when I got to the end boss (Gee, you'd think the name of the game would've tipped me off!). Startling!

Two minor things:
1) After the Hydra killed me, the title screen came up black, causing me to lose my progress.

2) Any chance of adding difficulty levels? This could easily be accomplished by just tweaking the drop rate for health/blood.

Great game! I'm going to be coming back to this one again and again.

P#24985 2016-07-09 14:46 ( Edited 2016-07-09 18:46)

I was completely taken by surprise when I got to the end boss (Gee, you'd think the name of the game would've tipped me off!). Startling!

Yeah, no kidding! My thoughts too, exactly, plus I think the size of the thing also did the trick :)

P#24988 2016-07-09 14:53 ( Edited 2016-07-09 18:53)

I posted a small update that fixed a bug that didn't surface until a bug in Pico-8 itself was fixed in 0.1.8. Namely, per the manual changelog:

Fixed: mset()'d changes in shared memory not readable via peek() / sget()

I was writing outside the bounds of the map and corrupting the first row of the third page of the sprite sheet. The bug would only appear at save points and in the statue room. It took a long time for me to even notice the bug and it was a tough one to figure out! It felt really good to squash this one.


First of all, thank you!

Two minor things:
1) After the Hydra killed me, the title screen came up black, causing me to lose my progress.

Hmmm, that's odd. I'm not able to reproduce it. The game save is stored in cartdata rather than RAM, so if you've found a save point you should be able to continue from there. Just reboot your Pico-8 or refresh the page or rip the cartridge out and blow in it.

2) Any chance of adding difficulty levels? This could easily be accomplished by just tweaking the drop rate for health/blood.

I did my best to balance the game and make it challenging but not completely unforgiving. I wanted it to be 'NES hard' but fair. Difficulty levels was a feature that I really wanted but had to cut because of token limit. I would only need one variable for the drop rate, but there's the overhead of creating a menu for difficulty select, along with keeping track of it in saved games. You could also download the cart and edit line 1451 :)

P#25844 2016-07-24 22:45 ( Edited 2016-07-25 02:55)

Updated for 60FPS.

P#28749 2016-09-18 16:03 ( Edited 2016-09-18 20:03)

Simply amazing work!!

P#31081 2016-10-16 21:08 ( Edited 2016-10-17 01:08)

That is a good game you got there , I liked the rotation a lot ,I wasn't able to find the first dungon so I went for the scenod dungon and got wrceked.

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