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B.O.D.A. — Send the Plant Home

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In the distant future, desperate humans watched the unmanned spaceship lift-off, carrying hundreds of small robots to an unknown galaxy. There is only one purpose of the journey: to bring back what humans already lost in tens of decades - the plant. The mission takes 3,240 years to accomplished. When the spaceship is making its way home, it met the terrible meteoric shower, which put the whole mission stuck in despair...

B.O.D.A. is a fascinating puzzle game that is presented with 30 handcrafted levels, The game title B.O.D.A. is named after the little robot - Botanical Observation and Delivery Android. Your job is to guide the little tiny robot to complete its mission: re-activate the hyper engine of the stranded spaceship to send the plant home. The plant is the only hope to save the Earth's ecology.

However, the journey in front of the robot and the plant is tough and long. There are so many unknown threats hiding in the darkness of the spaceship. Would you help the robot finish its mission? Would you help to send the plant home to save the Earth? It will all depend on your wise decision.

The Gameplay

Within 30 handcrafted levels in the game, B.O.D.A. will faces lots of exciting obstacles: aliens, misbehaving robots, lasers, and so on. The tiny robot - B.O.D.A. - will explore the stranded and visit lots of outer-space environments from the oxygen lab, engine room to the final destination -- the bridge. Would you please make sure you will protect the plant carefully and not break any poor spaceship computers anymore?

How to play B.O.D.A.

Arrow Keys: Move the Robot

X + Arrow Keys: Move the Plant (within the signal range)

Drag the Plant to attack enemies

Solve the puzzles

Making Of

The game is designed and created by Wei-Fan Chen. The game is fully created with PICO-8. Pixel art and music are both created by Wei-Fan Chen. The journey of creating the game is really enjoyed. I have not use any other software when creating the art and music, everything is in PICO-8, such a wonderful journey. The trailer has been made with Splice app.

This is the second PICO-8 game of Wei-Fan Chen. Thanks to Dylan Bennett's awesome zine Game Development of PICO-8 and Krystian Majewski's Making a Roguelike YouTube tutorial, I've really learned lots of thing from them.

Thank you for playing. Hope you enjoy the game.

P#94404 2021-07-03 11:38 ( Edited 2022-01-12 14:26)

Very well done!
A nice twist on the original material.

P#94418 2021-07-03 18:49

Thanks, @freds72! I really learned a lot from the community. PICO-8 is a really cool console. Krystian Majewski's tutorial is comprehensive. Based on what I learned, I've also put something interesting and useful:

  1. The sentry mode -- To make it a puzzle game, the alien (enemy) could not always chasing the player. It should guard the original point to keep the puzzle would not be broken. Because of this reason, I've added the "sentry mode" to the alien. As image below, the alien will not leave the red number (the range of sentry mode). Once the player leaves the sight of the alien, the alien will go back to the original point.

    The range is 2:

    The range is 10:

  2. Connection Rage -- The player needs to be close enough to control the plant. Otherwise, the game will shows the searching animation:

  3. Lasers! -- The player needs to drag the cargo to block the laser first. Otherwise, the laser will kill both the player and the plant.

  4. Empty Space where the plant or cargos will drop -- I use it to enhance the puzzle and make the visual more fun. The player needs to avoid falling the plant into space. However, sometimes the player needs to push the cargo to space to keep moving on.

Thanks for the community :)
Love the PICO-8!

P#94431 2021-07-04 04:50 ( Edited 2021-07-04 04:51)

I've just reached level 15, and I love it! Charming sound, clear and appealing graphics, and the extra puzzle elements are clever and seem to keep coming. The maps are simple but engaging so far—I'll be curious to see how the difficulty increases from here.

P#94467 2021-07-05 01:53

Thanks @mothgram, that means a lot!

P#94488 2021-07-05 16:06

Finished it. Wonderful game. Very polished and tricky puzzles. I like how the background stars follow the movement thet B.O.D.A. commands.

I found a little bug, though. In level 29, if you crash the computer with a box that falls into a hole, you can't continue, the fail screen doesn't appear and you have to reset the cart. Screenshots below (contain spoilers)

In this position

Pressing X + Down will cause the box to hit the computer and fall into the hole, leaving the game like this:

P#94499 2021-07-05 21:51

Thanks @ChakAttack! Hope you enjoy it.
I've already found the bug and fixed it.

P#94506 2021-07-06 00:51

This is gorgeous, I love it!

P#94553 2021-07-07 18:13

By the way, @weifanchen, during the game I haven't seen the character that appears at the rightmost side in the cast. Did I miss something?

P#94634 2021-07-09 17:00

Yeah! @ChakAttack, glad you ask! It is a little easter egg. He is actually me, who always looks like that with a hat. To thank you for playing the game along with other characters.

P#94659 2021-07-10 02:23

It's just fantastic! I love it.

P#94662 2021-07-10 04:12

Thanks! @Kittycat and @liconaj ! Glad you like it! Have a nice trip with B.O.D.A. and its plant.

P#94679 2021-07-10 16:16

nice work! Great art, neat idea, neat execution. i´m not big into puzzle games but this makes me want to try making one too.

P#94999 2021-07-17 19:38

Thanks @taxicomics ! I really enjoyed the journey of making B.O.D.A.! You should try your own one. haha!

P#95020 2021-07-18 07:51

I must note that you did a very good job, to me this one sounds and looks great! I've already been dealing with something like website page; floristry blogs for me is one of the most interesting blogs, generally I'm the person who adores flowers and everything related to it now your play can become very interesting for me.

P#118211 2022-09-30 14:03 ( Edited 2022-09-30 14:06)

Thanks @Juanlomas !

P#118834 2022-10-09 08:14

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