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Cart #marsdefender-5 | 2022-03-03 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Hello all

New here.

I just started with PICO-8 and learning LUA 2 days ago.

I made a demo of Mars defender... Code needs cleanup and I'm not finished yet but it works pretty well for the time being.

Hope you like it! :)

UPDATE 04.03.2022: Release version 0.9. Changed year (yep we're indeed in 2022 :D) and created an endboss. Fixed various bits and bugs. Game is small with only 5 but I don't see the point in going for 100 waves.
UPDATE 24.02.2022: Changed the name. A few tweaks and bugfixes, faster response, graphics and particle explosions.
Worked on various game mechanics, player energy and collision, AI for the Aliens etc.

P#107540 2022-02-23 13:53 ( Edited 2022-03-04 07:52)

Pretty good, @MartinK. We can always learn from the masters.

Here is the original in action:


And here is the 4k version for the Atari 2600:


P#107547 2022-02-23 16:56 ( Edited 2022-02-23 17:24)

@dw817 Thanks!

Yeah, the old defender are amazing... the 4k version is impressive. I have defender on cart for the c64 and I also play Guardian which is a better Defender clone. I used alot of artistic freedom in mine and if I have the time I will enhance the gameplay. I'm also inspired by the controls/feel in Virus (from David Braben).

P#107548 2022-02-23 17:07

Your controls are very floaty, @MartinK. I really like them the way you did this, easy for me to navigate, yet I know the original Defender has greater response.

And Defender has been approached by other Piconians, found HERE:


We can always learn new methods and coding techniques by looking at others.

P#107552 2022-02-23 17:30 ( Edited 2022-02-23 18:25)

They look great! I had no idea others had made these ports, I searched for defender on this site and got nothing. I have planned to make my version a sort of spinoff, the title will change once I come up with something better. Thanks for the feedback on controls, I will look into making a better response.

P#107553 2022-02-23 18:01

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