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Trackball (or mouse) to move
A,S,D to fire bases

For a simpler game, just use X (or mouse click) to fire from the center base

Full mouse capture isn't available in the web player but I've compiled a Windows executable on itch.io:

Missile Command: A Pure Arcade Game Demade

A think I played Missile Command once in the arcades in the 80s. I remember liking the idea but didn't have the skills ,or an abundance of loose change to improve, so I promptly gave up and moved on to something else.

Early in 2021, a late Christmas present from my wife arrived: Missile Commander by Tony Temple. It was a great read and I became mildly obsessed with Missile Command and decided to work on this Pico-8 version.

First I bought a trackball to get into the spirit or the original. Next I played the MAME version for a few days.

Researching an old game is part of the fun for me and thankfully I discovered this excellent "MISSILE COMMAND DEEP DIVE" article:

I'm pretty happy with the result. To me at least, it captures the spirit of the original. In a chunky 128x128 pixel sort of way anyway ;)


P#90674 2021-04-16 07:49


This was so aunthentic I loved it!

P#90692 2021-04-16 15:34

the sound effects are awesome!
good use of the new sound effects or sheer talent (or both :) ?

P#90699 2021-04-16 17:20 ( Edited 2021-04-16 17:20)

Thank you!
No talent involved. The new Pico 8 filters mean you can create real throaty explosions

P#90711 2021-04-16 20:31 ( Edited 2021-04-16 20:32)

the title is a cart of its own? a digitized voice of WOPR with pcm would be a nice touch ;)

P#90731 2021-04-17 05:26
:: rnd

Could you add a way to switch the keys from ASD to something else? My current layout uses WASD as the d-pad and the J/L keys as X/O buttons respectively, and i can't select anything in the initial menu without causing the game to start or use the keyboard to fire without moving the cursor instead.

P#90965 2021-04-23 06:21

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