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A short atmospheric platformer with metroidvania elements. Your UFO has been knocked out of the sky by scavengers and you're now trapped in their swampy junk yard. With the help of some friendly aliens, find a way to disable the electromagnetic pulse cannon that's keeping you from escaping.

This was my entry for RNDGAME Jam 2020.

Left/Right - Move
Z - Jump
X - Use Zapper (once you have received it)
Up/Down - Cycle Zapper Modes (when you have more than 1)

P#77254 2020-05-27 07:11


This looks great! Made it to the end!

I noticed you're at the token limit, but one thing I would love was if there was a map to help you navigate. This could be an upgrade at some place... I frequently got confused about my whereabouts :)

P#77262 2020-05-27 09:48

Oh, know full well I can recover about 2000 tokens from shifting the table definitions into strings. This was a game jam so it was about getting as much done in a short time frame as possible. I got the game made without worrying about those extra token saving measures and that's all that matters.

P#77268 2020-05-27 12:35

Yes I got carried away, removed my post!

P#77269 2020-05-27 13:00

Heh, don't worry about it. I'm sure you had fun looking into it (I know I would have). That's why we're all here, right? Not just to have fun making games but to learn and share what we've learnt with each other.

P#77271 2020-05-27 14:11

Another fantastic masterpiece from paranoidcactus! Seriously man, good job, had great fun playing it. One complaint which I already have seen someone mention is getting lost. Maybe a map, or to reduce clutter, different environment types? Again fantastic work this is and was a joy to play! -scrub

P#77297 2020-05-28 02:39

The art on this is incredible. You are a true inspiration. Blue as a highlight color. What a concept!

P#77325 2020-05-28 16:08

I love this <3 the art is incredible and loved the wiggly text :)

P#77328 2020-05-28 17:14

WOW! this is awesome! but, for my pico 8, the program is too big. how did you do it?

P#77378 2020-05-29 14:46

@siluey Did you update to the newest Pico-8 version yet?

P#77379 2020-05-29 14:57

Great, loved it! This was actually made on my birthday!

P#77440 2020-05-30 23:06 ( Edited 2020-12-20 13:43)

Just finished it - Brilliant as usual, with new gameplay elements every now and then!
The lil’aliens add a nice touch of humour 😜

P#77452 2020-05-31 12:50

I like how the coins can be used to tell if you've been in an area already. Really clever

P#77479 2020-06-01 08:00

Great little game. Definitely a gold-standard for budding devs to aspire to. Apart from a mini-map feature, it would be nice if the game recorded your best score and best clear time.

P#77557 2020-06-02 20:25 ( Edited 2020-06-02 20:29)

@Krystman how do I do that?

P#77598 2020-06-03 15:12

Nice. It could be longer, but for a short game like this, it was done really well.

P#77733 2020-06-06 13:42

One of my favourite pico8 game. I love the musics and graphics !
A nice use of pico8

P#78188 2020-06-17 10:07

I love this game. So much that I've posted a let's play/review kind of video to Youtube:

P#78541 2020-06-26 14:34 ( Edited 2020-07-24 11:21)

I haven't really played yet, but this dynamic intro sequence is amazing! Excellent work.

P#78654 2020-06-29 10:13

What a great way to start a game! Also, I don't think you should include the map, gameplay and discovery progressed nicely, a perfect 5-10 minutes of fun.

P#79703 2020-07-21 02:40

This game is so cool and I think it would be worth an expanded version using the multicarting system. My only gripes are the lack of map which resulted in me getting lost a lot of the time AND the fact it wasn't longer. I do see it says it was made for a Game Jam and token limitations make sense, but I think a full exported release would be great for a game like this! It's such a unique and fun little concept that has so much potential and I'd love to see you expand on it more.

P#80744 2020-08-14 10:14

I wonder if people have ever speedran this game.

P#81960 2020-09-18 15:12

This was such a fun game. So well designed! I love how unified everything feels. The minimalist Metroid style ambient music is my favourite part. Fantastic job.

P#81962 2020-09-18 16:47

I dont know why but that parallax background is hitting the spot. I had a lot of fun with this one, gave me Megaman 8 vibes.

P#84022 2020-11-09 06:24

What a lovely game. You need to play it late at night. That atmosphere... so eerie, yet cute.

One minor gripe is that I was accidentally changing zapper modes all the time.

P#84300 2020-11-15 22:57

Very polished. I also made a video:


P#96865 2021-09-04 14:16

This short little game is AMAZING!

P#96981 2021-09-07 00:22

This is really good. I love the music.

P#101448 2021-12-04 17:30

This was a wonderful and fun little game; the level of polish here was quite excellent. Thanks for sharing!

P#123170 2022-12-28 05:28

i love this game. i want to make a game of my own but dont know how to code stuff

P#134196 2023-09-11 23:18

P#144958 2024-03-29 09:22

What an amazing little game, I loved how simple yet atmospheric the music was. And the water physics bobbing the character up and down is such a small touch but so amazing!

P#145386 2024-04-01 18:58

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