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16 Greens

A bog standard minigolf game with 4-player pass-and-play multiplayer

Cart #sixteengreens-0 | 2020-08-28 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License
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I heard about PICO-8 literally years ago and completely forgot about it until last weekend. Downloaded it and spent the week having a great time getting to grips with it. 16 Greens is the first 'proper' game I've made so far.

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Lessons Learned

  • I tried to lean into the 'PICO-8 way' as much as possible; usually I'd make maps in Tiled and import them into whatever game I'm making, but since PICO-8 has a specific cart block for map data, I figured it was best to use that instead (I still used Tiled, I just wrote a python script to convert tmx files into PICO-8 map data). For this game, since I wanted each hole to be a full screen, this limited me to 16 holes, but I figured this would help me preserve precious tokens and characters. In hindsight, I actually seriously underestimated just how many tokens and characters PICO-8 affords you; I ended up under 50% of the token limit and didn't even use 20% of the character limit (after minifying). I'll try storing map data in code in future (especially since string encoding doesn't eat up many tokens).
  • Minifying helped with the character count significantly (~12k minified vs. ~32k unminified), although obviously did nothing for tokens. That said, if I start storing more map and graphics data in code, then character count will become more important, so I'll stick with minifying for future carts (I used luamin).
P#81310 2020-08-28 21:17

1

Nice. This is a good implementation. I enjoy the way the camera pans from one hole to another. Not many golf/minigolf games do that. I like golf games that do something extra to make it feel like the course exists in real space.

My low score so far is 25.

P#81314 2020-08-28 22:18
1

Really glad you enjoyed it!

> I enjoy the way the camera pans from one hole to another. Not many golf/minigolf games do that. I like golf games that do something extra to make it feel like the course exists in real space.

Yeah, this was something that PICO-8 actually makes incredibly easy. You can draw the whole map with map(), and then adjust the co-ordinates passed to camera() based on the hole the player's on. Really nice effect for very little work.

> My low score so far is 25.

Wow, nicely done. My record is 27!

P#81316 2020-08-28 22:33
1

Great physics! I had a lot of fun with this. I'm pretty bad at golf games, so I'm glad you hide the number of strokes until I make the hole XD

P#81356 2020-08-30 03:53
:: Scrubz

Super fun! The physics feel very nice and the difficulty is perfect. It would be nice if the aiming controls accelerated over time, but it works well enough.

Somehow managed to get a score of 23.

P#84727 2020-11-27 04:04

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