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Z / Left Mouse Click - summon tower
Hold X / Right Mouse Click - sell tower

The game is released on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2152410/WitchCraft_TD/
Steam version has achievements, new enemies, balance changes, small interface updates, music update.

Tileless main image is implemented with this snippet by @spellcaster https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=38884

P#116823 2022-09-03 13:21 ( Edited 2022-10-14 07:14)


Do my little eyes spot a Megumin? :D

Loving the game so far, but for some reason I got soft-locked in level 8. After the wave ended and the witch showed up I could not start the wave anymore. Tried to build/sell towers to reset.

The music is catchy get your head bobbing instantly.

(edit: just understood the 100% chance for xy thing)

At the moment I only have one "issue" with the whole game. It'd be nice to be able to chose which towers to merge, if that fits into your vision of the game and the token gods.

The gfx work is spot on, love how enemies bop their heads to the music! The game looks clean and nice and the menu backdrop is absolutely amazing!

P#116835 2022-09-03 17:19 ( Edited 2022-09-03 17:24)

Nice work, the overall polish and fancy title screen are quite impressive.

I did notice there's a typo in the thread title, though: WitchRaft rather than WitchCraft.

P#116838 2022-09-03 18:08 ( Edited 2022-09-03 19:14)

@Achie72 I did not expect she will be found out so quick :D but yes, a little tribute.
I'll try to reproduce soft-lock, I did not saw it myself for now.

"chose which towers to merge" - oof, I'm afraid I don't have tokens for that and I want to squeeze an in-game tutorial.

Thank you for the review!

@JadeLombax thank you, fixed!

P#116840 2022-09-03 18:14

Yep, we are a lover of anime and can recognize famous figures quite quickly, @unikotoast. :)

Lovely Tower Defense game. We don't have enough of them for Pico-8. Gold star work !

P#116856 2022-09-03 23:39

It took me 5-10 minutes to learn how the game worked but after that I was able to get a good run.


P#116866 2022-09-04 03:10

A small patch based on feedback:

  • Mouse is turned on from the start and can be used in the wave selection menu, the game can be controlled w/o keyboard at all
  • Opening the portal requires button press
  • Added highlight for the second tower that will be merged
  • Added red highlight on the ground where a tower cannot be placed
  • Added tutorial texts

@dw817 this is nice to hear, thank you!

@Dvan that's a lot of burgers, really good run!

P#116889 2022-09-04 18:27 ( Edited 2022-09-04 19:11)

I think the mouse update overwrites other controls in the wave selection menu. Sadly no other works for me in this current version (2). Other parts are fine with other controls, only menu seems to suffer from this isse.

P#116891 2022-09-04 19:57

@Achie72 you are right, fixed, thanks.

P#116892 2022-09-04 20:04

My thanks for the quick response and the amazing game!

P#116893 2022-09-04 20:06

Finaly managed to beat the game =D

P#116897 2022-09-04 21:38

0.93 update

  • added some sound and music
  • small balance changes
  • small bugs fixed
  • small sprite changes
P#116939 2022-09-05 16:58

I really enjoyed this. Sprites are lovely. Random towers is not something I'm used to but worked well. Well done.

P#116992 2022-09-06 20:36 ( Edited 2022-09-06 21:31)

@SquidLight thank you!

1.0 release

  • buffed some towers skills
  • increased difficulty
  • victory screen update
  • tiny sprite changes
  • fixed bugs
P#117018 2022-09-07 12:33

1.1 update

  • early game is easier
  • small fixes
  • towers try to target lowest hp enemy
P#117075 2022-09-08 17:06 ( Edited 2022-09-08 17:31)

Great job on this one. Not a lot of TD games on P8 and this one is certainly one I've spent the most time with. The random towers is the best part, even if it does take some control away from the player - but I like that my thought is put towards dealing with what I'm given rather than a lot of upfront deciding.

P#117146 2022-09-10 15:30

All the levels are beautifully decorated, have enjoyable gameplay, and culminate in an exciting boss fight, making these the best remakes and original versions of the series game.

P#117337 2022-09-13 03:48

Well made game! I believe this is the first TD game in which I'm happy to sell my towers. I'm not happy with random tower build but the sell feature and wave control etc are more than enough to compensate.
After couple tries, I managed to complete this game:

Planting flowers paid off really well! :D

P#117398 2022-09-14 08:13 ( Edited 2022-09-14 09:37)

Great game, as usual I like your style!
Only one advice, when you start the wave and choose the "bonus" for it, the witch sprite hide the text, maybe you should find a way to fix that?
And a difficulty option would be neat as well!

P#117400 2022-09-14 09:21 ( Edited 2022-09-14 09:21)

really cool game with lovely art and some depth to master!

P#119079 2022-10-14 01:16

Great game

P#119269 2022-10-18 21:13

I don't get what the quests are

P#120439 2022-11-10 09:49

So very well done; what a lovely game. Thanks for sharing!

P#123553 2023-01-03 00:00

Flawless victory! Love the game, love the music and the graphics in this chill and cute tower defense. Would like to see some enemy info such as boss hp and ability descriptions - like what does Fear do?

More levels, more merging! Y'all are amazing! =)

P#125980 2023-02-17 04:10

Absolutely lovely little TD game. Good job!

P#126044 2023-02-19 08:51

Fun game, but I think I managed to crack it. :-)

P.S. the long time was because game play was interrupted by the need to prepare and have dinner.

P#126126 2023-02-21 19:38

Thanks for an awesome tower defence game for Pico-8!

P#126278 2023-02-25 12:00

Dang it. So close. I mean, I won, but I almost did it without taking any damage. Only the last boss made it through.

Okay, time for the strategy guide:

  • Ignore any "100% X for this wave" options.
  • Always sell if you can, and try to set yourself up to always be able to sell. That means you might have to hold off on merging for a little bit, just in case she wants to buy one of them. Of course if you already have 2 or 3 of the same level 1 tower (and you've already got the 5 of the same level 1 tower bonus) then go for those legendarys.
  • Speaking of which, getting 5 of the same level 1 tower gives you a bonus payout, so until you have 5 of any given tower, don't start merging them. This is also a great way to keep track of the bonuses you've gotten. "Have I already got 5 mushrooms at once? Oh, I must, because there's the level 3 mushroom tower."
  • Avoid any penalty that will result in the monsters getting stronger from that time forward. If it's "for this wave only", that's fine. But any "X shield for first enemy" will punish you until the end of the game.
  • On the other hand, any penalty that adds an enemy to all future waves (espcieally while also giving you more money per kill) is just more fodder for your cannons.
  • Increasing the money you earn per kill > immediate payout. Think about it. If you get 1 extra coin for each kill or 100 coins right now, do you think you'll be killing more than 100 enemies eventually? Excepting the last few levels, that is probably going to be true, so you'll end up making a lot more.
  • Should you spend 50 coins to get a bonus that will last the rest of the game? How quickly will you make those 50 coins back again? I say that's always the best penalty.
  • Try to build your legendries in the middle. Meaning you don't want to put all your eggs in one square. Try to make a variety in the middle and build them up.

Besides that I have a few things I don't know for sure, like:
Having a few level 1 flowers around will increase the range of towers around it, so I sometimes don't get as many medusas or snakes, but those don't say that they incresase the range of towers around them. Also, how many do they extend, and how far, I don't know. If anyone can offer some insight, let me know.

P#126992 2023-03-11 20:28

@eriban How did you get 18 quests? I thought the quests were getting 5 of the same level 1 toweres, but apparently I'm missing something.

P#126997 2023-03-11 20:44

@joealarson As I was playing, I realized you also get a quest reward for getting 5 of the same level 2 (or 3, etc) towers on the board at once, if you can resist early upgrading enough...

P#127304 2023-03-18 23:26

What an entertaining and polished little game that makes good use of the resolution and palette-- thank you for this!

I like how the random tower selection helped keep the game moving briskly, yet there was still a lot of opportunity to develop skill-- I haven't played many tower defense games and I probably lost 20-30 times over the past few weeks, gradually getting better... so when I finally won it was very satisfying. And then once I won, I felt like I'd figured out a few tricks and played a few more times to get this run I'm quite happy with:

(I still haven't quite figured out what Fear does, or quite what the interaction between fire + water in sequence is)

P#127305 2023-03-18 23:33


P#127776 2023-03-29 13:59

Pico8 really needs more TDs, well balanced game 👌

P#129472 2023-05-07 15:27 ( Edited 2023-05-13 14:22)

Unscathed victory at last:

(I was missing a couple interesting details that are fundamental)

Best results so far:

P#129531 2023-05-08 18:10 ( Edited 2023-05-13 14:20)

I've finally made it! Victory! Here are my stats.
This game was fun and VERY ADDICTIVE to play, I needed to get to the end. Thanks a lot for this fun game!

Also, it'd have been great if you added the pixelart you have in Steam as an ending. Please consider it in a future update.


P#129900 2023-05-19 06:07

Got very close, the closest I've gotten so far. I have not played any td games before, so this (for me) is very good.

P#130196 2023-05-26 21:15

Fastest unscathed run so far: 16: 14:07

P#130211 2023-05-27 12:43 ( Edited 2023-05-27 17:29)

Flawless victory.

P#130219 2023-05-27 16:14

I FINNALY BEAT IT!!!!! It took coming up with a wack strat by starting with Towers on the outside edges and working my way in while going for as many quests as possible and not merging flowers for almost full board range for all towers. Great game, small amount of rng, so 9.5/10!

EDIT: I did it again but faster!

P#130271 2023-05-29 01:38 ( Edited 2023-05-30 16:29)

I've recorded a speedrun (unscathed victory in 12:46):

P#130620 2023-06-06 23:35

This is an amazing game, such an incredible balance of different mechanics along with the shop and choosing wave challenges/rewards. I love that lower level towers still play an important role.

Just purchased it on Steam!

P#131030 2023-06-16 15:06

i won by being normal as you can tell from the towers

P#131267 2023-06-23 08:52

really fun,but it's maybe a little too easy. i don't want to post my strategy in the comments, but once you've figured it out it's basically impossible to lose.

P#131721 2023-07-07 11:54

@RoyaleYogurt once identified the best strategy you could find higher difficulty challenges (most quests, legendaries, coins etc..).
The hardest challenge I'm onto is the speedrun: completing the game unscathed (all original 20 hearts) in the shortest time possible. In this case you necessarily have to neglect aspects of the winning strategy keeping it to the essential while focusing on speed (and this could also lead to losing a heart around wave27-29 which means challenge failed).

P#131723 2023-07-07 12:47

I came back to this after a few months and still find it cozy. Agreed with some comments above-- I have to set a challenge for myself beyond just surviving to keep it interesting once I learned how to "win"-- I've been trying to see what the "most legendaries"I can get on board is (closely related to aiming for "most coins") and this was a pretty good run, you can see I went all-out on carrots and market bonuses whenever I could.

16 legendaries / 29825 coins is my best to date:

P#131856 2023-07-11 22:14 ( Edited 2023-07-11 22:15)

Someone stole your game for a mobile game ad, just thought you should know

P#134418 2023-09-16 01:15

Those "quests :23" just hurt my completionist heart, so after much more time than reasonable, here's my meaningless proof that you can finish this game while doing all the quests :p

I might have stopped the last boss by selling 4 or 5 reapers, but there is no clear and clean max life goal thanks to avocados, so it didn't feel like part of the challenge. Max market sells is also not particularly interesting : keep two L1 and L2 towers around and just get lucky or restart during the first waves.

Time reduction is also nice, but speedruns is not my cup of tea, except for the pre-planning route finding part.

P#135204 2023-10-01 11:36

Nice game.

P#138676 2023-12-14 13:34

I took a risk on this and coughed up the small donation ask that the creator was asking for this game.

I regret nothing. It's perfect.

This is the best Pico 8 game I have played as a personal Tower Defence fan. It's so simplistic yet excellent, and while an infinite mode would have been great, it still has nice replay-ability.

Thank you for creating such a wonderful and simplistic game!

P#141310 2024-02-08 23:28 ( Edited 2024-02-08 23:28)

Finally broke 30k coins!
Got lucky with early carrots

P#143750 2024-03-18 19:37

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