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Hell Hole: Final Release

Cart #hellhole-10 | 2020-05-21 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License



  • Movement: up,down,left,right
  • Attack: Hold X or Z

How To Play:

  • Move your avatar around the screen to avoid getting hit by demons and saw-blades.
  • Hold the attack buttons to shoot your soul out and control it to hit demons.
  • You can't move your body while using your soul. Your body is still vulnerable.
  • Let go of the attack button to return your soul to your body.
  • You can't damage saw-blades.
  • Survive 66 seconds...



  • Original concept, design, programming, art: Gabe Duarte
  • Aditional art: Liam McAlinden

Downloadable Version

You can download a build of this game over at Itch.io.

P#65844 2019-07-14 21:32 ( Edited 2020-05-21 01:41)


Entertaining. Thanks!

P#65876 2019-07-16 01:46

Nicely done! It's simplistic but not in a negative way, it's focused and easy to pick up and learn. The game is quite polished and cleanly-designed. (It's also definitely a bit on the brutal side.)

The Soul mechanic is very nice and presents a good risk/reward dilemma. I also like how the Soul still hurts foes when zooming back to you if you let go of the button, which can definitely come in handy at times.

I do have a few bits of feedback, though:

  1. The game would really benefit from music (and could use a more interesting game over sound effect).
  2. Saw blades could have their collision radius decreased by a pixel or two. It feels like they just have to slightly nick you to kill you.
  3. It would be nice if there was a distinct visual effect for a near miss, perhaps maybe a ring pulse or the edges of the screen turning pink and jittery for a moment.

My results:

P#66224 2019-07-30 23:29


P#66225 2019-07-31 00:18

Thanks for the feedback! I'm still working on a few things so it's likely I'll implement these.

Also, I struggle with sfx in pico-8 so if anyone knows of someone I can collaborate with I'd be eternally grateful :D

P#66261 2019-07-31 21:07

My Heart fell off my body but i made it, what a nice lil concept. But seriously, i would try my hardest for another saw blade, that was really nice :)))

P#66531 2019-08-11 00:00

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