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I'm starting a tutorial on how to make your a Shmup in Pico-8 from scratch! It's for complete beginners.

The goal is to make a basic Shmup first and then slowly turn it into an AWESOME shmup!

New episodes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I will use this thread to keep a list of the episodes and post significant progress. Let's gooooo!

Episode 2 - Moving Stuff
Episode 3 - Controls
Episode 4 - Shooting
Episode 5 - Animation
Episode 6 - Health UI
Episode 7 - Starfield
Episode 8 - Animating Stars
Episode 9 - Game Over
Episode 10 - More Bullets
Episode 11 - Enemies
Episode 12 - Collsions
Episode 13 - Invulnerability
Episode 14 - Explosions
Episode 15 - Better Explosions
Episode 16 - Shockwaves
Episode 17 - Music
Episode 18 - More Enemies
Episode 19 - Big Enemies
Episode 20 - Enemy Spawns
Episode 21 - Enemy Movement
Episode 22 - Enemy Attacks
Episode 23 - Enemy Bullets
Episode 24 - Spread Shots
Episode 25 - Aimed Shots
Episode 26 - Pickups
Episode 27 - Bombs
Episode 28 - Boss
Episode 29 - The End

Also annoucing the Lazy Devs Basic Shmup Showcase. If you participated in the tutorial you have one month to finish your game and submit it to the showcase. I pledge to play all of the submitted game and to discuss them in a dedicated video!

UPDATE: Continued in the Advanced Shmup Tutorial

P#111175 2022-05-02 07:30 ( Edited 2023-03-05 09:27)


You are amazing. Your videos are fun to watch and you're a great teacher. I am constantly recommending the Breakout series to people.
I'm going to try to start a Coding/Game Dev club at the school I (hopefully) will be teaching at next year, and I'm going to give them your vids to watch. Keep up the great work!

P#111176 2022-05-02 07:35 ( Edited 2022-05-02 07:36)

Thank you for the kind words. Good luck with the Coding Club! Crossing my fingers for you.

P#111229 2022-05-03 03:17

Update: Here is where we are at the end of Episode 5

P#111808 2022-05-14 03:12

Update: Here is where we are at the end of Episode 8

P#112404 2022-05-28 02:22

Update: Here is where we are at the end of Episode 14. Basics all in place. Ready to spice up those explosions!

P#113404 2022-06-20 13:29

And here we are after episode 16 with our explosions now being all nice and spicy!

P#113468 2022-06-22 02:19

This is after episode 21. To keep things simple we focus on a classic Space Invaders style Shmup. But we do spice it up with special effects like smooth enemy movement.

P#114106 2022-07-09 10:44

This is after episode 24. We introduced enemy bullets and learned how to make pretty Bullet Hell-style spread patterns.

P#114571 2022-07-20 13:22

This is after episode 27. We have bombs, pickups and everything. Ready for the boss fight!

P#115018 2022-07-30 17:54

This is what our Shmup looks like at the end of the Tutorial. We have super action-packed levels and an epic Boss Fight!


P#115308 2022-08-06 10:37 ( Edited 2022-08-06 10:38)

Cherry Bomb has been released!

P#116116 2022-08-21 21:28 ( Edited 2022-08-21 21:29)

Announcing the Advanced Shmup Tutorial where we crank this up to 11

P#126609 2023-03-05 09:28

I just want to say that you're an absolute legend.
I've been meaning to try out gamedev and thought Pico-8 might be a fun start, as an STG lover, thank you so much for this.

P#137447 2023-11-14 20:39

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