How to Play
Cherry Bomb is a basic arcade Shoot 'em up game (Shmup) reminiscent of Space Invaders or Galaga. Pilot your red spaceship to blast your way through 9 waves of attacking aliens. Use the following controls:
- Arrow keys - Move the ship
- (X) - Shoot
- (O) - Bomb (Depletes your 🍒. See below)
Shoot the enemies to destroy them. Enemies will attack you. Destroy or avoid all enemies in a wave to proceed to the next wave. There are 9 waves in the game. If you get hit you will lose a ❤️. If you lose all ❤️ you lose the game.
Occasionally, defeated enemies will drop a 🍒 pickup. Collect them to increase the strength of your Bomb. Triggering the Bomb will deplete your 🍒. You cannot use the Bomb if you have no 🍒.
If you collect 10 🍒 you will restore a ❤️. If you already have 4❤️ you will get points instead. After collecting 10 🍒 your stock will always reset.
Here are ways to score in the game:
- Shooting down enemies will give you points. More dangerous enemies will give more points
- Shooting down an attacking enemy will double the points you get
- Collecting 10🍒 with 4❤️ will give you points
- Destroying enemy bullets with the Bomb will give you points
The game will keep your highest score. Post your best results in the comments below!
Learn How to Make This Game!
Cherry Bomb was created as part of a tutorial series about how to make your own game from scratch. If you also want to make a game like this check out this thread!
The music was composed by Sebastian Haßler, a music composer for film, TV and videogames.
This series is just awesome!
Thanks SO MUCH for such a great tutorial - if your YouTube series doesn't inspire folk to have a play and make a game, then I don't know what will :-)
Keep up the great work.
All the best,
PS: the PICO-8 IDE reminds me very much of STOS on the Atari ST back in the day. All you need in one neat package. It really is a great bit of software, with an even greater community behind it. Long live indie developers!
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