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Cart #space_hangman-3 | 2019-08-22 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

Space Hangman!

Use your spaceship to pop the bubbles with letters in them to spell the mystery word.

Pop the wrong bubbles and you lose health.

Green bubbles are wildcards and will always fill in a letter.

Red bubbles are hearts and will increase your health.

Controls :

  • LEFT and RIGHT to steer your ship
  • UP or O to accelerate ("z" on keyboard)
  • DOWN to brake
  • X to spin 180 quickly

This is a quick little idea I've had for a while. I think it worked out pretty good, so I'm posting it, even though it's not very elaborate.

Strategy-wise, I recommend going for vowels first, but don't kill yourself trying to get a particular letter, it'll come around again.

Please let me know about any typos or spelling errors in the word list!

Old Versions :

Cart #space_hangman-1 | 2019-08-07 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

Cart #space_hangman-2 | 2019-08-08 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

Changelog :


  • Minor tweak to difficulty curve (helpful bubbles more likely on short words.)
  • Added 11 new categories.


  • Minor removal of unused code, and added a reminder for keyboard users not familiar with Pico-8

Screenshots :

P#66447 2019-08-07 23:10 ( Edited 2019-08-22 05:32)


I'd forgotten I could pack text data into unused graphics ROM.
Or maybe I did remember it and was just lazy.

Either way, I was unsatisfied with how few words there were in this word-guessing game, so I added eleven more categories by packing them into the sprite and map memory.

There's something satisfying about a sprite sheet full of data.

All the ROM from 0x0A00 to 0x2F54 is full of words now.
(I guess I should have come up with 171 more bytes of words.)

P#66855 2019-08-22 05:36 ( Edited 2019-08-22 05:42)

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