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Cart #xzero-3 | 2020-03-14 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Hack all the terminals and defeat the boss.

This is my attempt at making a polished game in a week and a half, although it ended up being 2 weeks. I had to drop a few features I wanted to put in due to time, and code ended up getting a bit messy. Still, I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

The frame rate can drop sometimes, particularly in the later parts of the game when there are a lot of enemies around.

Removed a tiny amount of unused code and added as many comments as I could fit without going over compressed size.

Added the ability to swap jump and shoot buttons because the defaults felt awkward in gamepad. Also fixed a couple of minor audio bugs.

P#70362 2019-11-29 12:24 ( Edited 2020-03-14 01:19)


I mean... WOW. 👏🤩
I grew up loving Turrican II on the Amiga, and this scratches that itch too.

Excellent art, great sound, tough as nails.

This is now one of the best platformers on the console.

P#70363 2019-11-29 14:59 ( Edited 2019-11-29 15:00)

inspiring work!

P#70364 2019-11-29 15:12 ( Edited 2023-04-15 23:27)

What may be a two week effort for you is definitely one of the best, most polished games on the platform. It's really fun, plays well, I really like it! Well done.

P#70365 2019-11-29 15:13

Beautifully handcrafted ! It's hard to believe this was done in 16-colors. Lush presentation. Superbly done. You definitely get my STAR.

This game needs to be listed with Pico-8's BEST OF THE BEST.

P#70370 2019-11-29 16:25 ( Edited 2019-11-29 16:26)

Turican area guy here as well - your take on it really honors both the legacy and our virtual console.
The polish and attention to detail is humbling.
Your are starting to be a good game brand!
« did you play the last paranoid? »

P#70372 2019-11-29 17:59 ( Edited 2019-11-29 18:01)

Such a great piece of art.

P#70381 2019-11-29 20:39

It seems cool but I can't play it in my pico8. An error message saying "Future version. Please update" is displayed.

P#70382 2019-11-29 21:03

so many airborne tomatoes

P#70385 2019-11-29 22:50

@bul71 You may have an older version of Pico-8 installed. Make sure you've got v0.1.12c.

P#70388 2019-11-30 01:32

Very well done !

P#70398 2019-11-30 08:47

Nice game.
That base surely has a large fly infestation problem.
Still managed to hack all the computer and kill the boss.
Also good job!

P#70399 2019-11-30 12:23

just signed up so i can say this is one of the best games ive played on here for a long time , really special !

P#70467 2019-12-01 20:05

The game is legit, 100%. But I think there should be an option to reverse the buttons (shoot/jump). To me, it feels like they're backwards, and I can't really play it well as-is.

P#70479 2019-12-01 23:28

@BitwiseCreative, since you have Pico-8 yourself as seen from your successful button test program, in the main Pico-8 program, load up this game with:

load #xzero

Then in immediate mode type out KEYCONFIG and ENTER. Configure the keyboard the way you would like and RUN the game from there.

P#70480 2019-12-02 01:24 ( Edited 2019-12-02 01:25)

An enjoyable homage to Turrican. I did a video of this here:


P#70485 2019-12-02 09:40

лучшая игра что я здесь видел

P#70487 2019-12-02 11:35

It's hard to believe you're using the same 16 color palette as me. Nice work!

P#70644 2019-12-06 21:16

Really well done. That's impressive you got this working in a couple weeks.

P#70652 2019-12-07 06:32

Hey @paranoidcactus. I went onto ArcadePreHAcks and I saw that your game has been uploaded with out your permission. Much love, Rimuru.

P#71115 2019-12-17 20:18

This is pretty good 10/10

P#72126 2020-01-20 16:42

So polished and playable. Very nice!

P#72195 2020-01-23 17:48

Fun game...one must play it very cautiously, the second you get touched and your gun powers down, oh my...might as well say goodbye!

P#72518 2020-01-31 17:32

fun game. I found a little bug, after

defeating the brain
there's a sound problem. I made a little video. https://pire.artisanlogiciel.net/videos/watch/44a9d855-b427-496a-ba54-b8d89b5873ac

P#72626 2020-02-02 21:19 ( Edited 2020-02-26 00:51)

hard but fun

P#72879 2020-02-07 14:13

The Music is great

P#74196 2020-03-25 18:48

Insanley great game. The music is cool and creepy, the art looks like it has a lot more than 16 colors, and the gameplay was exelent. You have done it again, @paranoidcactus Here's my gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3xgOVlYhF8

P#74419 2020-04-02 12:50

If you die against the boss and then select "End Game", the boss will actually spawn offscreen and continue to attack (the laser can pierce through walls) and the healthbar will still display. The view also does not center when this happens.

P#74429 2020-04-02 19:35

gud game

P#76464 2020-05-12 22:00

wow! this game runs so smoothly and movement feels fluid. the map system and hacking objectives were clear and easy to understand. i loved the little scrambling effect during the hack action! and your music is superb, strongly reminiscent of action titles from the 16-bit era. thank you for sharing this, so fun!

P#76816 2020-05-18 07:24

Hello, great game, I loved the ambiance and the music. I loved the gameplay and the versatile playability. Is there a kind of a second run or new game + ? After defeating the boss I had a different mode without map, different scrolling and the gauge of the boss was still there ;-)

P#78939 2020-07-05 17:01 ( Edited 2020-07-05 17:02)

Excellent platforming game. The map is super useful and well done in a tiny space. Controls feels nice. I intended to have a short play session but I just finished the game. Great job.

P#78953 2020-07-05 22:34

First off, incredible and gorgeous game!

Once my friend beat it and started over a sfx was on loop and the minimap was gone.

P#80563 2020-08-09 19:47

Here's my all-clear no-miss (no lives lost) run:


Might go for a no-hit run next.

Would be nice to see this game expanded upon as a multi-cart with more stages, enemies, and bosses.

P#83138 2020-10-19 21:16

Great work! I had a little too much trouble with the enemies but I am playing on a phone browser. I will have to try again with an actual gamepad. Looking forward to beating this one!

P#83256 2020-10-23 18:26 ( Edited 2020-10-23 18:27)

Thanks for this great game :)

P#84007 2020-11-08 21:06

Great. The best part is when you backtrack and the enemies you just cleared respawn in your face.

P#84077 2020-11-10 12:19

What a great game, I loved it!!

P#94937 2021-07-16 03:29 ( Edited 2021-07-16 03:29)

You made this in 2 weeks?! Dang, I plugged away at my project for months and only barely eked out something playable... Bravo sir! I found a bug, though: After you defeat the boss, head back to the title and start a new game there is a ear piercing screeching sound. The level now scrolls a screen at a time, and if you die the boss' health bar shows at the bottom of the screen and his laser can get you from out of nowhere...

P#94984 2021-07-17 08:18 ( Edited 2021-07-17 08:19)

Love it!!!

P#95805 2021-08-09 14:23


P#96758 2021-09-01 03:14

I love this game, it's got ParanoidCactus' usual high level of polish of course. The platforming and shooting is really fun, I really like the way aiming works compared to how other games usually do aiming. The way the level randomisation works with large prefab map tiles is really cool, definitely an approach I'd be happy ripping off. Really cool game.

P#96868 2021-09-04 15:38

Wait levels are randomized?

P#96874 2021-09-04 18:26

This is a great game! And it only took two weeks to make! AMAZING!

P#96921 2021-09-05 23:55

Great peice of work, very enjoyable, weapon up system couldve used more, like perma-upgrade at 5 upgrades or something, other than that very fun!

P#105688 2022-01-26 17:46

Any plans to develop and release on Switch? I would pay real money.

P#111874 2022-05-16 07:13

well that’s a whole another console with fully different specs and development process. your better bet is to find a pico8 emulator for the switch, then play any game you want!

P#111902 2022-05-16 20:24

invincibility diff

<            p.hp-=1
<            p.invulnerable,p.hit,p.hackt=129,10,0
<            p.bcount=max(1,p.bcount-2)
<            sfx(40)
>            p.hp-=0
>            -- p.invulnerable,p.hit,p.hackt=129,10,0
>            -- p.bcount=max(1,p.bcount-2)
>            -- sfx(40)
P#124292 2023-01-14 13:53

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